prayerscapes - creative journeys in worship and prayer

creative prayer journeys


new year prayer



The beginning of a New Year is a wonderful time for stopping to reflect on your life. You may want to review the year that has just passed, and make plans for the one ahead.
Celtic Cross
Sometimes it can be helpful to take a pen and paper and break the areas of your life down into headings such as "friendships", "family", "job", "time out", etc. and then think about how you would like to see these things develop in the coming year. You may then also want to commit these thoughts to God and offer your life afresh to him. The short prayer for the New Year (further down) is useful for this. (If you have a partner or close friend you may find it helpful to do this process together).


Dawn

Dawn

New Year Prayer Poem


A New Year

So there I stood, on this piece of land, a new year stretched out before me, galloping fast and full. Could God's love really transform the landscape of my heart and seep into the ground here? Could love stop me in my tracks, could it hijack the dates and times and allow me to breathe in the new? I felt both the warmth of shelter and the distant chill of harsher weather. Could this man Jesus really stand between me and this incoming storm? Or become part of my intimate family treasure? How I look and wonder at the flaming colours of dawn, a dawn that breaks again and again across the face of a broken world. Can this unconditional love really cradle such a discordant and desperate globe in saving hands?

Yet at this moment, I feel the depth of ground beneath me. I stand upon words of truth, the book of life. And as I allow the Gospels, tales of Jesus of Nazareth to come alive in my mind they awaken my heart. If love really did overcome when Christ died on the cross, this piece of land is redeemed, restored and forgiven. Yes!! I can walk forward with a peaceful heart. And I do hold in my hands a piece of that land, a fragment of that legacy. Faith leaps in my heart, order reigns in my mind and hope grows in my spirit. A new year, new beginnings and new dreams, can all be made possible through God's transforming love.

"A New Year" - a prayer poem, copyright © 2014 Julie Palmer


celtic frame
Prayer for the New Year

Lord,

At the beginning of this new year, I offer you my life.
Come take my voice, may the words I speak be filled with encouragement and goodness.
Come take my hands, may the work they create be generous and giving.
Come take my feet, may the journeys I walk be led by your Spirit within.
Come take my life Lord, for I love your goodness, your kindness and your leading.

May The Road Rise Up To Meet You

a contemporary song adaptation of this celtic blessing


download and keep this film in HD for $3.00

May The Road Rise Up To Meet You

(An ancient Irish prayer suitable for sending as a New Year prayer blessing to a friend or loved one)

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

pink celtic frame


related film

Disturb Us Lord

disturb us Lord

a contemporary dance interpretation of this famous prayer attributed to Sir Francis Drake.

related prayers

mobile phone

new month prayers

Featuring two examples of prayers for the new month, with a prayer limerick for a friend & a short SMS text message.



latest blog

Neil and Julie

An Ancient Celtic Blessing

hand in sunlight

“May the Road Rise Up To Meet You” is a beautiful old Celtic blessing. Blessings are a gift and ancient ones like these help us to become open channels for the fragrance of Christ to surround those we give out to. I love the references to creation – the sun, the wind, the rain – Read More


The Nicene Creed

White dove with hands raised

In August of this year, our church asked us if we might create a film recording of the Nicene Creed (this creed is an ancient declaration of the Christian faith dating back to A.D.325 and the early church communities). We decided to record many different voices because we wanted to build a diverse picture of Read More


Dwell – a new worship film meditation

Dwell written underneath a beautiful rainbow

Sometimes God can surprise us with His presence. We read in the bible that He is always present with us – it’s just that we often forget this (or prefer to ignore this truth!) On the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-31) the disciples didn’t even realize it was the risen Jesus who they conversed with, Read More