Most gracious God, you crown the year with your goodness.
We praise you that you have ever fulfilled your promise
that, while earth remains, seedtime and harvest shall not cease.
We bless you for the order and constancy of nature,
for the beauty of earth and sky and sea,
and for the providence that year by year supplies our need.
We thank you for your blessing
on the work of those who plowed the soil and sowed the seed,
and have now gathered in the fruits of the earth.
And with our thanksgiving for these blessings,
accept our praise, O God,
for the eternal riches of your grace in Christ our Lord;
to whom, with you, O Father, and the Holy Spirit,
be all glory and honor and worship, for ever and ever. Amen.
United Methodist Book of Worship
Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us. Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy name. Amen.
Taken from The Methodist Book of Worship for Church and Home, 1965.