God of new beginnings and renewed hope,
You bless all people in all times and places.
Bless our family and friends, living and deceased.
Bless those who struggle, who despair and are lonely.
Bless those who are sick, and all in need of prayers.
Bless those who long for your loving presence.
Help us trust that you are at our side.
Give us strength to face the challenges of each new day.
Help us reach out to each other
in times of joy and sorrow and need.
Amen.