Jan 4 | 6PM
Resolve with God to Grow
The founder of the United Methodist Church, John Wesley subscribed to a theology that God extends deep love and holy grace to us and that this love and grace, when accepted and cherished, transforms humans to move closer to the image of God and to grow greater in perfection to love self and others. This was not just a notion for Wesley as he his centered his life on spiritual disciplines, accountability, and discipleship. Below is a contemporary adaptation of a section of John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer that he called upon often to refocus and renew his commitment to Christ.
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, place me with whom you will.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be put to work for you or set aside for you,
Praised for you or criticized for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and fully surrender all things to your glory and service.
And now, O wonderful and holy God,
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer,
you are mine, and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it also be made in heaven. Amen.
This January, after the season of Advent has passed and the celebration of the birth of Christ has calmed, NCUMC will host a Wesleyan Covenant Prayer event where you can follow the prayers of John Wesley and resolve to grow with God in 2017. This event will break Wesley’s prayer into seven interactive prayer stations inviting you to consider service, submission, discipleship, confession, covenant, plans and prayer, and thanksgiving. It will be a time of individual and communal reflection of what your life as a disciple in the new year might look like and a time to renew and consider how to uphold your covenant with Christ.