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A message from St George parish church


Journey through January

Introduction

There are many points in the year when a fresh start can be made: the new school year, the tax year, Advent.

The turn from December to January and our counting of the years of the Common Era is another opportunity to take stock and assess our lives: our needs, aspirations and hopes. We can also reflect on the needs of others and of the whole creation.

It is during this change as we move into January that the hymn Lord, for the years, can be appropriate and helpful. Using the five verses we can consider aspects of our life and of creation at the beginning of New Year, 2022.

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The week beginning Sunday 2 Jan 2022

*Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided,
Urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way,
sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided:
Lord of the years, we bring our thanks today.

As we recall events in the Christian Church
around the world this year,
we thank you, Father, for the many blessings
we have received through the Christian community.
We ask your forgiveness for all our failures.
and we offer ourselves anew in your service.

The name we have been given is important, part of our identity, and many names have special meanings.
On 1 January we give thanks for the naming of Jesus: named as our Saviour.                         [Luke 2. 21]

O God, you ordained that your only-begotten Son should be the Saviour of the world, and commanded that his Name should be called Jesus: mercifully grant, that we who worship his holy Name on earth, may at length behold him face to face in heaven.

 Our homes are a significant aspect of our lives. At the start of the year we can bless the place where we live
and all who share it with us.

Bless, O Lord God almighty, this home that in it there may be health, purity, humility, goodness, mercy, justice and love.
May this blessing remain upon this home and upon all who are welcomed into it.

We celebrate Epiphany on 6 January.
At the Epiphany Jesus was revealed as God incarnate: the saviour of all people.                   [Matthew 2:1-12]

Creator of the heavens, who led the Magi by a star to worship the Christ-child: guide and sustain us, that we may find our journey’s end in Jesus Christ our Lord. May the star lead all to the knowledge of the saving power of the Lord.

*Lord for the Years by Timothy Dudley Smith (CCLI copyright covered by CCL 118111)
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