10th January is our Covenant Sunday.
The main morning service will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion, but will centre on some traditional readings (from Jeremiah and John’s Gospel) and the demmanding words of the Covenant Prayer.
Drawn from an earlier prayer of personal devotion, John Wesley used it as a means of expressing corporate commitment and recommitment through the continuing 18th-century Revival.
It has been used for over 260 years. It remains a major part of our God-given heritage, and is one of our contributions to the worldwide Body of Christ (and various other church groups use it, too).
The Covenant is simply God’s gracious gift of new life in Christ Jesus, as His law is written on our hearts. It is freely given, but it needs to be taken hold of in practice, decisively and wholeheartedly, and lived – just as our forebears discovered. So, each year, we draw together to “renew the Covenant which bound them and binds us to God”.
The Covenant Prayer:
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. Amen.
Our Covenant Service is on Sunday 10th January, at 10.30am.
There will also be an opportunity to share in the Covenant Prayer on Sunday 17th, at 7.15pm