Creative God, you make all things new in heaven and on earth.

We are preparing to come to you in a new year with new desires and old fears, new decisions and old controversies, new dreams and old weaknesses.

Because you are a God of hope, we know that you create all the possibilities of the future.

Because you are a God of love, we know that you accept all mistakes of the past.

Because you are the God of our faith, we enter your gates with thanksgiving and praise, we come into your presence with gladness and a joyful noise, and we serve and bless you.

Prepare us for the trials and challenges of the coming new year. And give us the grace to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Spirit reign eternally, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

(alt. from the UM Book of Worship, 294)