COME IN, COME IN, NEW YEAR (words by Shirley Erena Murray)

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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!

Author / Composer Comments

• Author Shirley Erena Murray, from her book Every Day in Your Spirit (Hope Publishing Co., 1996, No. 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.”

Shirley’s original line, “shining summer day” is adapted to “sparkling winter day” for Northern Hemisphere people.

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