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