Loving and merciful God, You are the God of new beginnings.
You sent us Your Son so that we may begin anew and enjoy new life in Your Spirit.
We ask you to bless this new year, to guide and direct our plans, and to show us how to find the resources necessary to carry out these plans.
Give us the wisdom to take advantage of opportunities we may have to help and serve others, to bring peace to the hearts of those who are troubled, and hope to those who suffer.
Help us approach this new year as good stewards of your abundant gifts, with an awareness of your daily presence, and the obedient spirit we need to be your faithful servants.
We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.