As the old year passes, we cry for our struggling world. A hymn for the new year.

Thanks to David MacGregor for this hymn for the new year:

1. As the old year passes we look back, reflect:

times of joy and promise, times we’d best forget.

God of the ages, help us walk your way.

Help us greet your future, seize tomorrow’s day.

2. As the old year passes sorrow wells within:

loved ones no more ‘round us, all that could have been.

God of compassion, heal each ailing heart.

Guide us to your future where new life may start.

3. As the old year passes we cry for our struggling world.

Climate ever-changing, fighting too-often heard.

God, you have called us to cherish all you give.

Call us to your future where all in peace, might live.

4. As the new year dawns now we would give you praise.

Faithful God, come lead us onward in new ways.

We’ll love and serve you in the faith of Christ,

in your Spirit’s future; people of new life.

Words: David MacGregor © 2007 Willow Publishing

Music: Noel Nouvelet – TIS 382

Author: John T Squires

My name is John Squires. I live in the Australian Capital Territory. I have been an active participant in the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) since it was formed in 1977, and was ordained as a Minister of the Word in this church in 1980. I have served in rural, regional, and urban congregations and as a Presbytery Resource Minister and Intentional Interim Minister. For two decades I taught Biblical Studies at a theological college and most recently I was Director of Education and Formation and Principal of the Perth Theological Hall. I've studied the scriptures in depth; I hold a number of degrees, including a PhD in early Christian literature. I am committed to providing the best opportunities for education within the church, so that people can hold to an informed faith, which is how the UCA Basis of Union describes it. This blog is one contribution to that ongoing task.

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