Sunset in Malawi, 2007
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let it go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife,
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweet manners, purer laws.
Ring of old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace…
Timeless God, who can make all things new,
We humbly bring before you the record of our lives
in the year just ending.
Where life has been good to us,
do not let us take more credit than we deserve.
Where we have been good to others,
help us to forget thoughts of honor and reward.
Where we have fallen short, forgive us,
and free us from brooding over what is past.
Cleanse, guide, fill and lead us forward
in your all-conquering hope. AMEN.
–Central Presbyterian Church last Sunday