On December 29, 2019, Two Rivers Church will observe the coming of a new year with a special service that is rooted deep in the history of the United Methodist Church. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Movement, had a tradition of holding a special service he called the “Covenant Renewal Service.” The words from this service have been little changed since John Wesley wrote them over 200 years ago.
The service will include a ritual for those gathered to remember their baptism and renew their covenant relationship with God. This is the foundation of the service, John Wesley’s covenant prayer:
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.