Lord of time, Lord of eternity,

We give you thanks and praise

for this new year that lies ahead.

We give you thanks and praise

for the blessings you have showered on us

In 2016 and the years long past.

As we step into the new future that is 2017,

Bless the way we spend our time preparing for eternity.

Bless these symbols of the ways we commit our time,

our diaries, and the ways we manage our moments.

Thank you for the time you have given us,

our past, our present and our future on this earth.

Help us to do your will and use our time well.  Amen