As the New Year Dawns – A New Year’s Prayer for 2013

As the new year dawns

God as this new year dawns,

May we take time to see the newness you are giving birth to.

May we not be blinded by the darkness that consumes our world.

Or consumed by the fear that paralyzes our actions.

May we remember,

That out of winter’s darkness you bring forth light,

That out of winter’s death you give birth to new life.

May we remember,

That which has been dormant will spring to life,

That which has been pruned will sprout new strength.

May we remember,

You are the light by which we see,

You are the fountain that gives us life.

God as this new year emerges,

May we give birth to that which honours you,

May we bring to life that which allows your goodness to shine,

May we give fresh expression to your eternal world,

And in the depths of our hearts may we cry,

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.



Jesus is Near How Do We Draw Close – Posts for Advent 2010

Advent is over and the Christmas season will soon be over too.  In fact for many of us whose lives revolve more around the secular than the liturgical calendar, we have rung in the New Year and feel that Christmas is well and truly in our rear vision mirrors.  I hate to leave Advent and the Christmas season behind so I thought that this was a good time to post my final list of Advent reflections.  In fact if you are like me you are probably a little behind with your reading and this may jog your memory so that you can go back and read those that you have not had time for.

Thank you to all who have journeyed with us during this season either by contributing a post or by commenting on posts that others.  I pray that you will continue to journey with us throughout this coming year.  In fact those that wish to continue this liturgical journey may like to read these prayers and reflections written for the Christmas season first.  Prayers for the season of Epiphany will be posted in the next couple of days:

A New Year’s Prayer to Welcome 2011

New Year’s Prayer for 2011

Christmas is Over – Did You get  What You Expected

Evening Prayers for the Christmas Season

Morning Prayers for the Christmas Season

Posts for the Fourth week of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent – Reflection on the Last Week of Advent – Christine Sine

Fourth Monday of Advent – Tim Morey – Living Between the times

Fourth Tuesday of Advent – Ryan Harrison – Jesus is Near Draw Close

Fourth Wednesday of Advent – Tom Smith – God is a Jumping God

Fourth Thursday of Advent – J R Woodward – Welcoming the Other in Light of OUr Hope

Christmas Eve – Last Day of Advent – Lewis Pearson – Christmas Eve Morning Peace and Silent

And for those that missed previous posts:

Posts for the Third Week of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent – Advent Prayers by Christine SIne

Third Monday of Advent – John Van de Laar – The miracle of the mundane

Dave Perry – Barbed and Barbarous

Third Tuesday of Advent – Ryan Marsh – Pain killers and Hope Killers

Idelette McVicker- Joy in the glorious, the ordinary, and the dry

Third Wednesday of Advent –  Ed Cyzewski – The Search for a Meaningful Christmas, Moving Beyond Guilt and Sentiment Jude Tiersma Watson – Christmas Joy Voices from the Fuller Community

Third Thursday of Advent – Michelle Wade – Love Joy Peace and Hope

– Jamie Arpin Ricci – An Advent Reflection

Third Friday of Advent – Julie Clawson – Finding Jesus

Third Saturday of Advent – Tracy Dickerson – Along the Way

Fourth Sunday of Advent – Reflection on the Last Week of Advent – Christine Sine

Posts from the second week of Advent

Second Sunday of AdventImmanuel God is With Us – Chester Cathedral

O Come O Come Emmanuel – Reflection by John Leech

Second Monday of AdventJesus Is Near – by Paula Mitchell

Pat Boone Reads Little Star by Anthony DeStefano

Second Tuesday of Advent: Waiting by Kimberlee Conway Ireton

Shawn Small – The Stone Child

Second Wednesday of Advent: Kristin Tennant – And I Thought My Sofa Was Advent Headquarters

Thomas Grosh – An Advent-ture

Second Thursday of Advent: Liz Dyer – The Gate of Heaven Is Everywhere

Thomas Turner – Let the Season Work on Your Hearts

Second Friday of Advent:  James Prescott – Know The Reality

Tom Sine – Who Is This Jesus That is Close and What is the Kingdom that He Brings

Second Saturday of AdventBarb Buckham – The Flashmob Advent

Posts from the First Week of Advent

Sunday: William Kurelek Nativity

Monday: Stan Thornburg – Advent in the Manner of Friends

Monday: Live in Expectation – Tara Malouf

Tuesday: Steve Wickham – Approaching Vanishing Point of Drawing Near

Wednesday: Advent by Phil Cunningham

Thursday: Dave Bayne – Attentive to God’s nearness

Thursday: Jeff Borden – Preparing for Jesus through Remembering, Longing and Preparing

Friday: Kathy Escobar – Making Room for the Unexpected

Friday: Melanie Clark Pullen – Jesus Is Near How Do We Draw Close

Saturday: The End of the First Week of Advent and I Need to Draw Close – Christine Sine


A New Year’s prayer to welcome 2011

i am sitting at home on a beautiful frosty winter’s morning looking out at the snow covered, sun drenched mountains.  it is already New year’s day in Australia and my thoughts and prayers are still with my family in Sydney.  However I am also ready to welcome in this new year with a sense of God’s eternal presence and thought that I would share yet another prayer with you that came to me while we were travelling

God is the eternal rock

From year’s beginning to its end

God is faithful

In each day God is present

In each action God comes close

Through all eternity

God is trustworthy

Yesterday, today and forever

Sustaining, enlivening, making all things new

God is the eternal rock