We thank you heavenly father for being with us through this past year. We thank you that you are constantly with your people. You have comforted our hearts, You have heard our prayers, You have come so often to our aid. We pray that you will go with us into this new year. None of us who knows what the new year will bring, but we thank you that every moment of that year is in your hands. We thank you that we can go forward with confidence. We pray that you will help us to be like you in this new year. Forgive us, Lord, for our sins and our backslidings of this past year. Grant to us, as the days of the new year unfold, an ever closer walk with you. Help us to put sin to death, Help us gladly yield our lives unreservedly to Jesus Christ, our Savior, and God that we may regard ourselves entirely at his disposal to be, to go, to do, as he would wish. We pray that it may be our privilege to serve him, to bring glory to his name, to help others to know him better, and to help some, indeed, to come to know him for the first time. Have mercy on us, we pray, upon those connected with us who come to the end of this year and their hearts are still closed against you. Grant that this new year would mark the beginning of new life in Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen.