Lord, make 2006 a very happy year for all of us individually here at Valley Station.

Not by shielding us from sorrow and pain, but by strengthening us to bear it if it comes.

Not by taking hardship from us, but by taking all cowardice and fear from our hearts as we meet hardships.

Not by making our paths easy, but by making us sturdy enough to tread any path.

Not by granting unbroken sunshine, but by keeping our faces bright even in the shadows.

Not by making our lives always pleasant, but by showing us where others and your cause need us most and by making us zealous to be there and to help...

We pray also Lord you will bless us as a local congregation,

Not with great numbers of people who come looking for entertaining activities and services . . .

But with abundant opportunities to teach your word and do your work here in this area in all sincerity and truth.

Nor do we pray that you will make our name great as a local church, but that through us your great name will be magnified.

Father, make our year a happy one! — In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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