Introduce the time of prayer in the following words, or similar…
Our lives are made of days and nights, of seasons and years, for we are part of a universe of suns and moons and planets. We mark ends and we make beginnings, and in all we praise for the grace and mercy that fill our days.
Invite those present to pause and give thanks for the gift of life and for family and friends.
Remember us, O God:
from age to age be our comforter.
You have given us the wonder of time,
blessing in days and nights,
seasons and years.
Bless your children
at the turning of the year
and fill the months that lie ahead with the bright hope that is ours
in the coming of Christ.
You are our God, living and reigning,
for ever and ever.