The Covenant

Kym Bishop 04 Feb 2019 sunday blog  covenant 

The annual Covenant Service has been a part of our Methodist worship since the time of John Wesley. In this service, we recognise that God has reached out to us, and offers us friendship, inviting us to be in relationship with God. The Covenant we make, then, is the way we accept the relationship God offers all of us and also how we look to sustain it. So rather than the Covenant prayer being about trying to acquire a relationship with God, through making our Covenant, we are affirming that we want to live in the relationship God has already offered us. The Covenant Prayer we pray is in response to the love that is already ours. But it is a very serious prayer, one we would to well to consider. It is also one we can learn to pray often, not just annually. Place a copy of it somewhere you can see it, learn it by heart, use it in your devotions and prayer times. For in this prayer is the language of surrender, and love, as we offer our whole live in all its varied parts, to God. This is the prayer we will say in our Covenant Service this morning:

I am no longer my own but yours.

Put me to what you will,

rank me with whom you will;

put me to doing,

put me to suffering;

let me be employed for you,

or laid aside for you,

exalted for you,

or brought low for you;

let me be full,

let me be empty,

let me have all things,

let me have nothing:

I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things

to your pleasure and disposal.

And now, glorious and blessed God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

you are mine and I am yours. So be it.

And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.'

As we pray this prayer together this morning, know that we join with generations who have gone before us, as well as those who will come after us, in offering our whole selves to God.

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