Dear Father in heaven,
As we gather here together to celebrate this new year,
May your bountiful blessings come upon our loved ones
and everyone present here in this gathering.
We pray also for those who are not present in our midst.
May you bless them all with peace and happiness.
May all those who suffer in hospital beds feel the soothing balm of your presence.
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May all those who are at war, learn your forgiving ways.
May all those who suffer in poverty see the richness of your blessings.
Give them the strength and grace to endure and persevere.
We also pray for “peace on earth and goodwill to all men.”
As we celebrate this new year, we thank you for all blessings.
May we continue meeting our daily challenges with faith in your goodness.
May our lives serve as witnesses to your all-abounding generosity and love.
All these, we ask through Christ , our Lord, Amen.