Covenant Service This Sunday

Hi Table View Methodist,

This Sunday at our 8, 930 and 11am services we celebrate communion and renew our covenant commitment to God as we pray the Covenant Prayer:

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.
Amen.

As a church we take the opportunity once a year to renew our covenant with God.  To take a look at ourselves and see how well we have surrendered to God’s will.

CS Lewis wrote in his book, “The Great Divorce” -

“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.”  All that are in Hell, choose it.  Without that self-choice there could be no Hell.  No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it.  Those who seek find.  Those who knock it is opened.”
- CS Lewis, The Great Divorce

It is when we insist on our own will all the time that we find ourselves separated from God.  Our constant lack of listening doesn’t mean that God stops speaking - it just means that we stop hearing.

It is one thing to pray this prayer of surrender - another thing to take it forward and consciously live every day, every moment, in surrender to God.

When we surrender ourselves we allow God to convict us, challenge us, change us and draw us to himself again.  We trust God to do this for us - because we know that he loves us.  He loves us more than we love ourselves, and what God desires for us - is better than what we want for ourselves.