Prayer for the new year

British Methodists, following John Wesley’s example, have a strong tradition of holding covenant renewal or “Watchnight” services on New Year’s Eve. It’s in our American worship book, but American Methodists mostly don’t pay attention to it. Regardless, Wesley’s covenant prayer continues to be prayed. It’s an especially appropriate prayer as we look toward 2011.

I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.

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