We have had time.
At this moment, Lord God, enlighten and enliven your people who look to you for guidance and strength. May we continue, with your grace, to make the right decisions for ourselves and for others.
May our eagerness to put the past year behind us also be an eagerness to embrace new ways of living, generous ways of acting and a renewed dedication to you. If the past year has taught us one thing, it is that we are not in control of our destiny and we submit to that reality.
You, Father, Son and Spirit, together with the angels and saints of heaven:
Intercede for your people now, as the prophets and apostles interceded for the people of their day.
May we face the challenges of each day welcoming the gift of life each day, and live as best we can with a heart filled with gratitude for that gift.
You are alive and reign in heaven and on earth for ever and ever. Amen.