Dear Heavenly father we thank you for another year of life, we thank you that though darkness may surround, your light overcomes the darkness.
Lord Jesus we thank you that though we sin and continue to miss the mark, your love and sacrifice on the cross is More than enough to cover our shame and guilt.
Lord you created each and every person here in your image. You created us to love and be loved and yet our broken world has twisted and distorted this truth.
We pray Lord Jesus, that you, by the power of your Holy Spirit would minister, heal and renew our minds so that we can receive that truth, that we were meant to bring you Glory, meant to live a life of purpose…the purpose of loving you and others and to tell of that love.
Lord Jesus I ask a restoring of hope this year and that the spirit of hopelessness would be bound up. I ask that your light would shine brightly in even the darkest places especially here in Reading. I ask all here to become Bearers of that light, to be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord.
May we, here and now exchange our ashes for a crown of beauty, and be robed in garments of praise instead of despair, may we receive the oil of gladness instead of mourning.
Abba father we ask you to remove our hardened, hurting, hearts of stone and turn them in to loving, feeling, alive hearts of flesh.
Jesus you are our deliverer and hope, come help us to walk in truth and see Abba Fathers heart and have a wider understanding of his great love and our great need for the savior. We ask in Jesus name Amen