The New Year promises freshness: Visions of flowers pushing through the freshly laid snow. A brand new lease on life. Even a new start promised by our creator.
A calm refreshes us as the pressures of the holiday season fade away; even the smell of freshly cooked Scrapple may be wafting through the air to soothe our savage breast.
Let us pray.
Father in heaven, we thank you for giving us a safe and warm place to meet and share our friendship and love with each other. We thank you for providing us a great country to live in; that we may enjoy our freedoms no matter what party or political proclivities we embrace.
Father, please bless the food we are about to eat just as you bless us with spiritual richness. Bless those who serve and prepare the bountiful sustenance you have provided.
Please grant us new beginnings in our lives and keep us united together throughout the year with the bond we have as classmates. Bless our time together and grant us enriched lives as we break bread together.
We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus.