Invitation — Psalm 100:1-2
"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs."
Bible Song — Psalm 90:1-6, 12, 17
Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You turn people back to dust,
saying, "Return to dust, you mortals."
A thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death —
they are like the new grass of the morning:
In the morning it springs up new,
but by evening it is dry and withered...
Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom...
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us —
yes, establish the work of our hands.
Bible Reading — Numbers 6:22-27
The Lord said to Moses, "Tell Aaron and his sons, 'This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
"'"The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."'
"So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them."
Read again, perhaps out loud ... how has God's Word moved you? Ponder and meditate what has connected with your heart or mind ... pray to God what it is that has moved you today ... turn your thoughts to God and quietly enjoy being with him.
- for spiritual renewal
- look back on the past year and bring to God areas of your life for repentance
- for the knowledge and experience of God's forgiveness
Prayer — WC 17
Covenant-keeping God, at the end of another year I thank you for keeping me connected and at home in you through the Holy Spirit by your free, unchanging love and by the strong intercession of Jesus. In your faithfulness, continue to preserve and keep me and all your people from the power of evil throughout the coming year. In Jesus' name, amen.
Blessing — Luke 1:68
"Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them."