December 31, 2020

Published December 31, 2020 by St Matthews Lutheran Church in Daily Message


The light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness has not overcome it.

The Word became flesh and lived among us,

and we have beheld Christ’s glory.

To us a child is born, to us a Son is given.

In the Word was life, and the life was the light of all people.


Let us pray. Eternal God,

you have placed us in a world of space and time, and through the events of our lives you bless us with your love. Grant that in the new year we may know your presence, see your love at work, and live in the light of the event that gives us joy forever—the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


God is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

God grant you grace and peace at the dawn of this new year.


All flesh is grass, but the word of God remains forever.

God who is eternal keep you in hope of the resurrection.


The past, the present, and the future rest in God’s hands.

God guard your coming in and your going forth,

this new year and forevermore.


Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.


From © 2020 Augsburg Fortress, Service for New Year’s Eve. Used by permission. Lic #27833.  All rights reserved.