I’ve been reading through some collections of hymns for the new year. Both Wesley and Newton have a number of hymns written for the New Year, embracing themes of blessing, renewed vigor in the fight of faith, renewed grace and mercy, et al. Here is one from John Newton.
Hymns before annual Sermons to Young People, on New-Year’s Evenings
VII. Prayer for a blessing
Now, gracious Lord, thine arm reveal,
and make thy glory known
Now let us all thy presence feel,
And soften hearts of stone!
Help us to venture near thy throne,
And plead a Saviour’s name;
For all that we can call our own,
Is vanity and shame.
From all the guilt of former sin
May mercy set us free;
And let the year we now begin,
Begin and end with thee.
Send down thy spirit from above,
That saints may love thee more;
and sinners now may learn to love,
Who never lov’d before.
And when before thee we appear,
In our eternal home,
May growing numbers worship thee,
And praise thee in our room.
You can purchase a collection of John Newton’s hymns here.