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“The Old Year Now Hath Passed Away”

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.  It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:22-26

            We’ve certainly had some year, the details of which I don’t think we need to rehash. And what will this next year hold? The Lord only knows. However, as God’s people, what we do know is that whatever may come for us as a nation; as a church; as individuals, the Lord will remain faithful to His promises and to us. His mercies will continue to be bestowed every morning. As He has walked with His church throughout the ages, so He will walk with us still. If nothing else, this is what we can count on. This is what we must count on. So, with 2020 behind us and as we await the next test, in the Lord we will rest.  

The Old Year Now Hath Passed Away

by Johann Steuerlein (tr. Catherine Winkworth)


The old year now hath passed away,

We thank Thee, O our God, today,

That thou hast kept us through the year,

When danger and distress were near.


We pray thee, O eternal Son,

Who with the Father reign’st as one,

To guard and rule Thy Christendom

Through all the ages yet to come.


Take not Thy saving Word away,

Our souls’ true comfort, staff, and stay;

Abide with us and keep us free

From errors, following only Thee.


O help us to forsake all sin,

A new and holier course begin;

Mark not what once was done amiss,

A happier, better year be this.


Wherein as Christians we may live,

O die in peace that Thou canst give.

To rise again when Thou shalt come,

And enter our eternal home.


There shall we thank Thee, and adore,

With all the angels evermore,

Lord Jesus Christ, increase our faith

To praise Thy name through life and death.


  January 2021  
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