Year ABC
New Year
1 January


Eucharistic Preface


Let us lift up our hearts.
    We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
    It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God,
and with the whole earth we tell of the greatness of your name,
for you are the God who makes all things new.

The moon and the stars are your handiwork,
and the earth and its inhabitants reflect your glory.
You have created us, dressing us in glory undeserved,
and entrusted the charge of the earth to our hands.

You have created a time for everything under heaven:
a time for remembering,
........and a time to set plans for the future;
a time for prayer
........and a time to act with courage and compassion;
a time for sacrifice
........and a time to enjoy the fruits of our toil.
In Jesus Christ, you have made your home among us,
and gathered our times into your time,
so that we might live the life of the kingdom
which you prepared for us from the foundation of the world.

Therefore with .....

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net



Short Preface
(for insertion into Eucharistic prayers with fixed prefaces)

We thank you for gathering all our times into your time,
so that we might live the life of the kingdom
which you prepared for us from the foundation of the world.

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




General Prayer of Thanksgiving
(Preface reformatted for use apart from communion)

We give you all thanks and praise, O God,
and with the whole earth tell of the greatness of your name,
for you are the God who makes all things new.

The moon and the stars are your handiwork,
and the earth and its inhabitants reflect your glory.
You have created us, dressing us in glory undeserved,
and entrusted the charge of the earth to our hands.

You have created a time for everything under heaven:
a time for remembering,
........and a time to set plans for the future;
a time for prayer
........and a time to act with courage and compassion;
a time for sacrifice
........and a time to enjoy the fruits of our toil.
In Jesus Christ, you have made your home among us,
and gathered our times into your time,
so that we might live the life of the kingdom
which you prepared for us from the foundation of the world.

Therefore, with our hearts lifted high,
we offer you thanks and praise at all times
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




Declaration of Grace / Absolution

In Jesus Christ, God makes all things new.
The former things have disappeared.
God will wipe away every tear from our eyes.

Sisters and Brothers,
    your sins are forgiven;
        be at peace. 

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




Commission & Benediction

Go now, and embrace the new time which God has given us.
Recognize Christ in friend and stranger,
and as Christ has been gracious to you,
so be gracious to those in need.

And may God dwell with you as your God.
May Christ be your food and drink
   and give you pleasure in your work.
And may the Spirit be your beginning and end
   and hold all your times in her loving embrace.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
    In the name of Christ. Amen.

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net






Paraphrases of the Scripture Lections
for the New Year - Year ABC - January 1
Lections from The Revised Common Lectionary.
Copyright 1992 by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT)
P. O. Box 340003, Room 381, Nashville, TN 37203-0003, USA. Used with Permission.


* Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

Things happen in their due season; there is a right time for everything that happens on earth:

a time to be born,
    and a time to die;
a time to sow the seed,
    and a time to harvest the crop;

a time to end a life,
    and a time to rehabilitate;
a time to demolish,
    and a time to create;

a time to cry,
    and a time to laugh;
a time to grieve,
    and a time to party;

a time to throw caution to the wind,
    and a time to play it safe;
a time to make love,
    and a time to keep your pants on;

a time to keep searching,
    and a time to write off the loss;
a time to hold on to what you’ve got,
    and a time to let it go;

a time to share another’s pain,
    and a time to urge them to move on;
a time to keep your mouth shut,
    and a time to speak your mind;

a time to love,
    and a time to hate;
a time to fight;
    and a time to make peace.
But in the end, what difference does it make what we do? I have observed everyone working hard at the jobs that God has given them. God sets things up so that there is a proper time and place for everything, but we forget too quickly and fail to learn the lessons of history. We see what has happened and what is happening, but we can’t make sense of the connections or see what God is doing in it all. So I figure that there is no point in losing too much sleep over it. The most important thing is for people to be happy and to enjoy their lives for as long as they live. What’s more, there is nothing wrong with eating and drinking and finding satisfaction in our work. They are God’s gifts to us.

©2002 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net



* Psalm 8

Our LORD and ruler,
........all over the world
................the mere mention of your name sets hearts pounding!

Your glory fills the universe!

The gurgling of babies makes more sense
........than the clever arguments of your enemies.
The innocent chatter of children
........silences the venomous talk of your opponents.

When I gaze at your handiwork in the night skies
........— the moon, the stars, the milky way —
................the whole cosmos under your control;
I can’t help but wonder why you bother with us.
........Why do you care so much for mere human beings
................when we count for so little in the scheme of things?

And yet, for reasons known to you alone,
........you created us almost on a par with yourself
................and decorated us with the highest honours and glory.

You have even entrusted us with power over your precious creation;
........you placed the future of all life in our hands:
................sheep and cattle;
........................emu and kangaroo
................insects, reptiles, birds, and sea creatures;
........air, land and water and the planet itself.

Our LORD and ruler,
........all over the world
................the mere mention of your name sets hearts pounding!

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net



* Revelaton 21: 1-6a

........I, John, had another extraordinary vision. I saw a completely revamped heaven and a radically reconstructed earth. The first heaven, the first earth and the sea were all but a memory. Then I saw Jerusalem, the city dedicated to God, now made completely new. She was coming down the aisle from heaven itself, from God, and she looked sensational, like a bride on her wedding day. I heard a loud voice coming from heaven’s throne. It said:

........“See, God has moved in and set up home among ordinary people.
........God will live with them and be their God,
........and the people will gladly belong
........to the God who lives right in their midst.

........God will wipe every tear from their eyes.
........Death will be abolished forever;
........pain and grief and tears will be things of the past.
........All these things have been made obsolete.”

........Then the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new — absolutely everything!”
........“Write all this down,” he said, “because these words can be depended on. They are the truth.”
........This is what he said: “The job is done! I am the whole story, from ‘A’ to ‘Z’. I am the beginning and I am the end.”

©2000 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net





* Matthew 25: 31-46

While speaking to his followers, Jesus said, “The day is coming when the New Human will return in all his glory, accompanied by all his angels, and he will be crowned as king. He will sit down on the judgment seat, and all the nations of the world will be summoned to appear before him. Like a quality controller sorting out the good fruit from the rejects, he will carefully sort the nations into two groups, one on his right side and one on his left. Then the King will say to the group on his right side:

‘Welcome, you who have been given the thumbs up by my Father. Ever since the foundation of the world, there has been a kingdom ready with your name on it. Come now, and inherit it; because
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I came seeking asylum and you made me welcome,
I didn’t have a stitch to wear
and you gave me clothes,
I was diseased and you took care of me,
I was in detention and you visited me.’

Then those compassionate nations will ask him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When were you a refugee and we welcomed you, or in detention and we visited you? When did we find you without clothes or sick and do something about it?’

And the King will reply, ‘The fact is, you did these things for people who were regarded as the dregs of society, but who I love as my own family; and each time you helped one of them, you were helping me.’

Then he will say to the nations on the other side:

‘You lot have been written off. Get out of my sight! A time of fire has been prepared for the devil and his agents, and you have doomed yourselves to go into it with them; because
I was hungry and you didn’t give me a bite,
I was thirsty and you gave me nothing,
I came seeking asylum and you wouldn’t let me in,
I didn’t have a stitch to wear 

and you left me to freeze,
I was diseased and in detention
and you wouldn’t come near me.’

They too will ask, ‘Lord, when was it that we failed to take care of you? We don’t recall seeing you hungry or thirsty or seeking asylum or naked or sick or in detention.’

But he will answer, ‘The fact is, you failed to do these things for those who were regarded as the dregs of society, and each time you turned your back on them, you were turning your back on me.’

And with that they will be marched off into the time of punishment. But the nations who did the right thing by others will enjoy life without limit.”

©2002 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net