New Year’s Eve Worship Service

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A Time for Remembrance, Repentance, and Reflection

Path of Worship

Opening Hymn

Help Us, O Lord, for Now We Enter

Help us, O Lord, for now we enter 
Upon another year today.
In you our hopes and thoughts now center; 
Renew our courage for the way.
New life, new strength, new happiness 
We ask of you – oh, hear and bless.

May ev’ry plan and undertaking 
Begin this year, O Lord, with you;
When I am sleeping or am waking, 
Help me, dear Lord, your will to do.
In you alone, my God, I live; 
You only can my sins forgive.

And may this year to me be holy; 
Your grace so fill my ev’ry thought
That all my life be pure and lowly 
And truthful, as a Christian’s ought.
So make me while I’m living here 
Your faithful servant through the year.

Jesus, be with me and direct me; 
Jesus, my plans and hopes inspire;
Jesus, from tempting thoughts protect me; 
Jesus, be all my heart’s desire;
Jesus, be in my thoughts all day 
And never let me fall away.

And grant, Lord, when the year is over, 
That it for me in peace may close.
In all things care for me and cover 
My head in time of fear and woes.
So may I, when my life is done, 
Appear with joy before your throne.

The Invocation 

P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.
C: And also with you.

A Time for Remembrance – Psalm 143:5-12

P: As another year comes to a close, we remember the years gone by.
C: I remember the days of long ago; 
  I meditate on all your works 
  and consider what your hands have done. 

P: I spread out my hands to you; 
  my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.
C: “Answer me quickly, O LORD; 
  my spirit fails. 
Do not hide your face from me 
  or I will be like those who go down to the pit. 

P: Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, 
  for I have put my trust in you. 
C: Show me the way I should go, 
  for to you I lift up my soul.

P: Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD, 
  for I hide myself in you.  
C: Teach me to do your will, 
  for you are my God; 
may your good Spirit 
  lead me on level ground.

P: For your name’s sake, O LORD, preserve my life; 
  in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
C: In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; 
  destroy all my foes, for I am your servant. 


Across the Sky the Shades of Night

Across the sky the shades of night 
This New Year’s Eve are fleeting. 
We deck your altar, Lord, with light, 
In solemn worship meeting, 
And, as the year’s last hours go by, 
We raise to you our earnest cry, 
Once more your love entreating.

We gather up in this brief hour 
The mem’ry of your mercies. 
Your wondrous goodness, love, and pow’r 
Our grateful song rehearses, 
For you have been our strength and stay 
In many a dark and dreary day 
Of sorrow and reverses.

Before the cross, subdued, we bow, 
To you our prayers addressing, 
Recounting all your mercies now 
And all our sins confessing. 
We ask you, Lord, this coming year 
To keep us in your faith and fear 
And crown us with your blessing.

A Time for Repentance – Psalm 25:1-7

P: As another year comes to a close, we repent of our sins of the past.
C: To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
  in you I trust, O my God. 
Do not let me be put to shame, 
  nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one whose hope is in you 
  will ever be put to shame, 
but they will be put to shame 
  who are treacherous without excuse.
Show me your ways, O Lord, 
  teach me your paths;
guide me in your truth and teach me, 
  for you are God my Savior, 
  and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, 
  for they are from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth 
  and my rebellious ways; 
according to your love remember me, 
  for you are good, O Lord.  

P: God our heavenly Father has been merciful to us and has given his only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.


Let Us All with Gladsome Voice

Let us all with gladsome voice 
Praise the God of heaven,
Who, to bid our hearts rejoice, 
His own Son has given.

To this vale of tears he comes, 
Here to serve in sadness,
That with him in heav’n’s fair homes 
We may reign in gladness.

We are rich, for he was poor; 
Is not this a wonder?
Therefore praise God evermore 
Here on earth and yonder.

O Lord Christ, our Savior dear, 
Bless us and be near us.
Grant us now a glad new year. 
Amen, Jesus, hear us!

A Time for Reflection – Psalm 77:3-15

P: As another year comes to a close, we reflect on the deeds and miracles of our God.
C: I remembered you, O God, and I groaned; 
  I mused, and my spirit grew faint.

P: You kept my eyes from closing; 
  I was too troubled to speak.
C: I thought about the former days, 
  the years of long ago;
I remembered my songs in the night. 
My heart mused and my spirit inquired: 

P: “Will the Lord reject forever? 
  Will he never show his favor again?
Has his unfailing love vanished forever? 
  Has his promise failed for all time?
Has God forgotten to be merciful? 
  Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: 
  the years of the right hand of the Most High.” 
C: I will remember the deeds of the LORD; 
  yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
I will meditate on all your works 
  and consider all your mighty deeds.

P: Your ways, O God, are holy. 
  What god is so great as our God?
You are the God who performs miracles; 
  you display your power among the peoples.
With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, 
  the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

Sermon – Psalm 77:3-15

Reflect on the Deeds and Miracles of Our God

The Presentation of the Offering 

The End of the Year Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

P: I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name forever and ever.
C: Every day I will praise you and extol your name.

P: It is fitting, O Lord, in the final hours of this year, to express our gratitude for the countless gifts of grace we have received from you.
C: You have been faithful to your promises and loving toward all you have made.

P: You clothe your creation with beauty; you feed even the birds and tell us that we are much more valuable than they.
C: You know what we need, and you give us all good things.

P: Clothing and food, safety and health, possessions and money, even life itself – all these come to us from your generous hand.
C: We thank you for these blessings, and we ask that you continue to grant them to us.

P: We thank you especially for your Word and Holy Supper, which strengthen our faith, shield us from temptation, and equip us for service.
C: Increase our commitments to these precious gifts, so that we may continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

P: Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions.

Silent prayer

P: Almighty and eternal God, you have been gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and rich in love. As you led your people Israel with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, so lead us by the light of your Word that we may live our lives to your glory and be prepared to die in your peace.
C: We ask these things in the name of Jesus. In his name we began this year; in his name we bring it to a close and in his name we pray:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

The Order of Holy Communion

P: The Lord be with you. 
C: And also with you. 

P: Lift up your hearts. 
C: We lift them up to the Lord. 

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C: It is good and right so to do. 

P: It is truly good and right that we should at all times and in all places give you thanks, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, for in the wonder and mystery of his birth you have opened our eyes to the glory of your grace and renewed in our hearts the fervor of your love. Therefore, with all the saints on earth and hosts of heaven, we praise your holy name and join their glorious song  


Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! 
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty, 
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee, 
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; 
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee, 
Who was and is and evermore shall be.

Words of Institution

P: Our Lord Jesus Christ on the night he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you:  Do this in remembrance of me.”

Then he took the cup, gave thanks and gave it to them saying: “Drink from it all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins.  Do this, whenever you drink it in remembrance of me.”


Distribution Hymn

O Lord, Our Father, Thanks and Praise

O Lord, our Father, thanks and praise 
In this new year we render,
For ev’ry evil had to flee 
Before you, our defender.
Our life was nourished, we were fed 
With rich supplies of daily bread,
And peace reigned in our borders.

Lord Jesus Christ, our thanks and praise 
In this new year we render;
Your reign has kept your people free, 
Has shown your mercies tender.
You have redeemed us with your blood; 
You are our joy, our only good,
In life and death our Savior.

O Holy Spirit, thanks and praise 
In this new year we render,
For you have led our eyes to see 
Your truth in all its splendor
And thus enkindled from above 
Within our hearts true faith and love
And other Christian virtues.

Our faithful God, we cry to you: 
Still bless us with your favor,
Blot out all our iniquity, 
And hide our sins forever.
Grant us a happy, good new year 
And, when the hour of death draws near,
A peaceful, blest departure.

The Departing Prayer

P: Eternal Father, before whom all generations rise and fall, teach us to think earnestly on the brevity of our lives and on the immensity of your goodness. Help us to enter the New Year trusting in the name of your Son and walking in the way of His peace; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.
C: Amen.

The Benediction

P: The Lord bless you and keep you.  
  The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.  
    The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
C: Amen.


Father, Let Me Dedicate

Father, let me dedicate 
All this year to you,
In whate’er my earthly state, 
In whate’er I do.
Not from sorrow, pain, or care 
Freedom dare I claim;
This alone shall be my prayer: 
Glorify your name.

Can a child presume to choose 
Where or how to live?
Can a father’s love refuse 
All the best to give?
More you give me ev’ry day 
Than the best can claim;
Help me trust you that I may 
Glorify your name.

If in mercy you prolong 
Joys that now are mine,
If on life serene and fair 
Brighter rays may shine,
Let my glad heart, while it sings, 
You in all proclaim
And, whate’er the future brings, 
Glorify your name.

If you have for me a cross 
And its shadow come,
Turning all my gain to loss, 
Shrouding heart and home,
Let me think how your dear Son 
To his glory came
And in deepest woe pray on: 
“Glorify your name.”