GOD OF TOMORROWS, we thank you for the gift of a new year.
Morning by morning new mercies we see. We bring our joy and anticipation.
We also bring our still-fresh pain as we remember the ones we lost in the past year.
We bring the sting of disappointment as we ponder over the relationships
that have been broken in the year past.
We bring the burden of sadness as we struggle to recover from losing jobs.
And we bring our hope that you will help us.
Free us, right now, from being identified only by the events of our life.
May the God Event in our life mark our life, so that we might worship you this day in the beauty of your holiness. Amen.
– The Africana Worship Book: Year B
Prayer by B. Kevin Smalls. From page 135 of The Africana Worship Book: Year B, edited by Valerie Bridgeman Davis and Safiyah Fosua. Copyright © 2007 by Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved.Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.
Psalm 72:1, NRSV
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