A covenant with God
'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
The Methodist Covenant Prayer
Methodists hold an annual Covenant Service, at
which we celebrate all that God has done for us, and affirm that we
give our lives and choices to God.
Most churches hold the service in the New Year,
but some hold them in September, at the beginning of the Methodist
The traditional Covenant prayer (shown above)
makes it very clear that this affirmation is a serious one that
embraces the whole of our life, in all its parts. Most people find
it quite tough to say, and really mean it. But the prayer is so
central to the Christian life that other Churches have also adopted
In our culture we tend to prize our ability to
make decisions and choose our own path in life. It can feel very
hard to give that up. But this prayer is like a love poem. It is
about surrendering to God in love and joy.
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Make a Journey of Faith
What is the Methodist Church?
What do Methodists believe?
What happens during Methodist worship?
Can I get married in a Methodist Church?
Can my baby be baptized in a Methodist Church?
You'll find the answers to these and other
questions in Make a Journey of Faith - a short
introduction to the Methodist Church.
free Make a Journey of Faith ebook
epub file* Right-click and choose 'Save Target As'.
For churches wishing to deepen their welcome to
visitors and newcomers, a printed edition of the booklet is
available from Methodist Publishing. It is priced £5
(plus postage and packaging) and sold in packs of 50.