A hymn of thanksgiving for the New Year. Thanks for the harvest, for the gospel, for the seasons. The hymn is full of appreciation and thanks for all that the
Lord has given in the past year, and hopes for the coming year. This hymn is a prayer of worship for all that God has done during the year.
Hymns and poems can be considered prayers to God. Raising our voices to give Him praise. And at the beginning of a new year, we should give thanks for the year of life we just had, and pray for
the upcoming year that may we be filled with His presence and His purpose for our lives.
Welcome, day of gladness,
Bringing in the dawning year!
Banished be all sadness.
And forgotten be grief and fear!
Forward! every voice shall ring;
Onward! every soul shall loudly sing;
Upward! every heart shall rise to meet the King,
And heaven be more near!
Farewell, year of blessing,
Which in peace and mercy ends.
Here, Lord, Thee confessing,
At Thy feet every Christian bends.
Send us greater hope, we pray.
Greater love unto the greater day.
Greater light to lead us on the greater way
That mankind ascends.
All hail, year before us!
Tidings glad are spread abroad.
Sing all, then, in chorus.
On the road that the blest have trod.
Sing Christ and his love for men;
Sing the love of men for Christ; and then
Sing, ye quick, and sing aloud, ye dead, again,
The great love of God.
At Thy Feet, Our God and Father
Poet: James D. Bums
At Thy feet, our God and Father,
Who hast blessed us all our days,
We with grateful hearts would gather
To begin the year with praise:
Praise for light so brightly shining
On our steps from heaven above;
Praise for mercies daily twining
Round us golden cords of love.
Jesus, for thy love most tender.
On the cross for sinners shown.
We would praise thee, and surrender
All our hearts to be thine own:
With so blest a Friend provided.
We upon our way would go.
Sure of being safely guided.
Guarded well from every foe.
Every day will be the brighter
When, O God, Thy face we see;
Every burden will be lighter
When we know it comes from Thee.
Spread Thy love's broad banner o'er us.
Give us strength to serve and wait,
Till the glory breaks before us
Through the city's open gate.
I cannot tell what thou wilt bring to me,
O strange New Year,
But tho’ thick darkness shrouds thy days and months,
I will not fear.
Why should I fret my heart to know before
What may befall ?
With this one thought content- I ask no more -
God knows it all.
Ring Out, Wild Bells
Poet: Alfred Tennyson
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky.
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new;
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress for all mankind.
Ring out 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.
Ring in the valiant man and free.
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land.
Ring in the Christ that is to be.