Scripture Verse

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8


Ludwig van Beethoven

Words: Car­o­lyn W. Gil­lette, 1999.

Music: Ode an die Freude from the 9th Sym­pho­ny of Lud­wig van Beet­ho­ven, 1824. Adapt­ed by Ed­ward Hodg­es, 1864 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Carolyn W. Gillette


On this day of celebration,
At this time when hopes are new,
God, we gather as your people,
Called to put our trust in you.
You have made the world we live in;
You have worked through history.
In your plan we find our purpose,
In your love, our unity.

Long ago, you sent our Savior
To this world in deep despair.
In your Word made flesh you came,
Our life to know, our sins to bear.
Christ has died and Christ is risen!
At this new year we proclaim:
Yesterday, today, forever—
Jesus Christ is still the same!

Through two thousand years of changes,
Through these passing centuries,
You have called your church to witness
To Christ’s love that claims and frees.
Each new generation hears you,
Each must find a fresh new way
To make known the life you offer,
To the people in their day.

On this day, we pause and wonder
What the future years will bring,
Yet we know you clothe each flower
And you make each sparrow sing.
How much more will you protect us
With your guiding, caring hand!
By your Spirit, lead us boldly
In the future you have planned.