The New Year is here; the parties are over. It is a time for new hopes, dreams and most importantly prayers. As many have shared how much last year’s prayers for the New Year meant to you, the Church Lady has again collected prayers from area clergy. They are printed in the order received.
The Rev. Bill Lyle, Marco Presbyterian Church’s lead pastor shared the following:
“In Him (Jesus) the sinner finds redemption and hope … may my joy be found in Jesus as I face this New Year in His hand and under His protection … help me to always be mindful, that Jesus loves me....”
Lyle also asked God to help him to depend on Him more and wean him from the world; to serve God in everything and not to be discouraged. He repented his selfish and inconsiderate ways, broken resolutions and self-centeredness and asked God to guard his mouth from unkind words and pettiness.
Wesley United Methodist Church’s pastor the Rev. Kirk J. Dreiser also prayed in Christ’s name:
“You, and you alone can bring lasting joy into our lives. Thank you for your love.”
He prayed that we remember the true source of blessings in our lives; that we understand that it is not elections or government, nor the markets, or human institutions that will bring true and lasting blessing to us.
“It is the Lord, the giver of all good gifts, the provider of all things, our creator, our redeemer, and our sustainer.”
United Church of Marco Island’s senior minister the Rev. Richard Adair reminded us that: “The One who created us and sustains us is still speaking to us” and we just need to listen.
He prayed that 2012 would be a special year for everyone. Although some lives will be changed by loss or gain, good or bad relationships, finances or jobs, we need to know that we are not alone.
“Our creator God will walk with us through it all.”
He prayed that every reader would experience a time of peace-giving confidence knowing that we are not alone in the universe.
Always succinct, the Rev. Kyle Bennett, rector, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church prayed simply that: “Each and every child of God find something or someone to delight in.”
Marco Lutheran Church’s senior pastor the Rev. Kevin Koenig prayed that God would: “grant us the qualities of faithfulness and generosity as we enter this New Year.”
He prayed that as we enjoy the gift of life that God entrusted to us that we would be faithful to His truth, our calling and in our relationships as well as generous with His love and blessings and to strangers.
“May our community be reflective of your character and may our homes be places where the desires of your heart are manifested.”
From St. Finbarr Parish we received a prayer to inspire the faithful; to renew the faith community; to grow in knowledge and become strong, spiritually; to bring material and spiritual comfort to those in need; to be sensitive to the lost, lonely, the frightened stranger and those who feel abandoned; to understand that stewardship is a life-long commitment to each other and the Church and that God would show them how to work together to find the way to His eternal love.
New Life Community’s Pastor Thomas McCulley, prayed that God would continue to spare us from bad weather; thanked God for a hurricane-free 2011 and asked God for another calm storm season. He also asked God to spare us from bad tempers; to help us to get along with each other, “as some of the storms we’ve seen on our little island are emotional and temperamental.”
He prayed that we do a better job communicating with each other, in our homes and in our meeting rooms and asked for wisdom in the New Year.
Cupbearer Ministry’s the Rev. Rita Patrin prayed simply that, “Lord, I will follow wherever you lead me. Give me a willing spirit, courage to endure and strength to finish my race.”
The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island’s Rabbi Edward Maline prayed for “A year of peace, tranquility and serenity for America and for all the world.”
He asked for: the lessoning of Iran’s nuclear threat; democracy for the Egyptian people; a responsible congress; peace in Syria; for the Palestinians to understand that only through negotiations with Israel and the acceptance of Israel’s right to exist can statehood be achieved; that the Republican presidential candidates cease their negative advertising and articulate positive ideas; and that the new leader of North Korea begin a dialogue with the West for the betterment of his people and reduction of tensions.
“God this year help me not forget why you created me and why I exist even in this moment,” wrote Pastor Casey Nowlin, Student Pastor, Family Church—Marco Island in an email.
“Let our cry this year be: ‘For I have decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life’, so that in doing so we bring God all the praise, honor and glory that He alone deserves.”
May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied in you and yours in the New Year, “Ken yehee ratzon” — Thus may it be.
Kathleen Tuttle, a Marco Island resident since 1987, has written articles for various non-profits for more than 25 years. She is a community volunteer, former science teacher and microbiologist. Kathleen can be contacted at email@example.com.