Come in, come in, New Year
with *shining summer day!
Your promise calls us here
to celebrate and pray,
through January's open door
to stride with hopeful step once more.
Come in, New Year, and sell
your wares of chance and change:
engage us with your spell
to risk and rearrange,
to feel the Spirit's impulse beat,
to follow down a different street.
For though December dies,
still Christmas keeps the light,
the hope in children's eyes,
the star that shatters night;
now Simeon and Anna see
the Child who rules all time to be.
The calendar of Christ
will mark the seasons' turn,
his story claim our trust,
his love be ours to learn.
For all the world, for young and old
we pray a year of peace unfold!
*or "sparkling winter day" (for Northern Hemisphere)