Almighty God, Author of Time;
As we stand before the gateway to a new year, we humbly pray for your mercy and eternal love. We cannot know what may lie ahead, but whatever may come, help us to be thankful in our blessings and faithful in our trials. In every moment of 2017, grant us the presence of your Holy Spirit, that we may practice compassion, fairness, understanding, and patience in the face of suffering and injustice.
Lord, lift our hearts in times of despair, and keep us ever mindful that we are called to live boldly as children of your wise purpose. In the name of your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ, we pray,