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Our Savior mercifully grants us another year. May we bear fruit to His glory.

BibleGateway: Luke 13:1-9

ESV Text: Luke 13:1-9

KJV Text:

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     1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

     6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? 8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: 9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 120:
Help us, O Lord! Behold We Enter

— Organ Audio

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1. Help us, O Lord! Behold, we enter 
Upon another year today; 
In Thee our hopes and thoughts now center, 
Renew our courage for the way. 
New life, new strength, new happiness, 
We ask of Thee, — oh, hear and bless! 

2. May every plan and undertaking 
This year be all begun with Thee; 
When I am sleeping or am waking, 
Still let me know Thou art with me. 
Abroad do Thou my footsteps guide, 
At home be ever at my side. 

3. Be this a time of grace and pardon. 
Thy rod I take with willing mind, 
But suffer naught my heart to harden; 
Oh, let me then Thy mercy find! 
In Thee alone, my God, I live; 
Thou only canst nay sins forgive. 

4. And may this year to me be holy; 
Thy grace so fill my every thought 
That all my life be pure and lowly 
And truthful, as a Christian’s ought. 
So make me while yet dwelling here 
Pious and blest from year to year. 

5. Jesus, be with me and direct me; 
Jesus, my plans and hopes inspire; 
Jesus, from tempting thoughts protect me; 
Jesus, be all my heart’s Desire; 
Jesus, be in my thoughts all day 
Nor suffer me to fall away. 

6. And grant, Lord, when the year is over, 
That it for me in peace may close; 
In all things care for me and cover 
My head in time of fear and woes. 
So may I when my years are gone 
Appear with joy before Thy throne.