Come In, Come In, New Year

for the New Year, Epiphany, and the universalizing of the Gospel

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Shirley Erena Murray

Lyrics as Poetry

Come in, come in, New Year
with sparkling winter day!
[ or: Come in, come in, New Year
with shining summer day! ]

Your promise calls us here
to celebrate and pray,
through January’s open door
to stride with hopeful step once more.Come in, New year, and sell
your wares of chance and change
engage us with your spell
to risk and rearrange,
to feel the Spirit’s impulse beat,
to follow down a different street.For though December dies,
still Christmas keeps the light,
the hope in children’s eyes,
the star that shatters night;
now Simeon and Anna see
the Child who rules all time to be.The calendar of Christ
will mark the seasons’ turn,
his story claim our trust,
his love be ours to learn.
For all the world, for young and old
we pray a year of peace unfold!

Words by
Shirley Erena MurrayCopyright © 1996 by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA

Comments About Song

Comment by
from her book
“Every Day in Your Spirit” (#6):

“Not just a carol for the New Year celebration, but a song for Epiphany and the universalizing of the Gospel. Anna and Simeon are, for me, the sometimes forgotten personages in this part of the story. The [original] ‘shining summer day’ needs adapting to ‘sparkling winter’ for Northern Hemisphere people!”

Every Day in Your Spirit
is published by:Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, IL USA

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