Great Britain has only celebrated New Year’s Day on 1 January since 1752 (26 years after the present St Martin-in-the-Fields Church was completed). With or without a sore head, it is pre-eminently a day for looking forward.
Tomorrow, God, as we rise together
As we eat together
As we meet other people
As we tire together
As we collapse together
You who made this house of my being and share it with me
You will still stand at the door and knock.
All day long
Let me open and re-open the door of my house
Making a reply which needs no words.
So may all our tomorrows gradually become one unbroken prayer
In which our silences and our words are equally aflame
With the intimate communication of lovers.
In Jesus’ name we ask.