UPDATED NOVEMBER 2020
Each year in early January we renew our covenant with God. This is an optional thing but is mostly unique to methodism although occasionally practiced among anglicans and others. It is a covenant of a serious nature which often shocks many people in its frank reality. It makes no euphemisms and pulls no punches. The Covenant is taken during a Sunday Chapel Worship where the words are spoken by those who wish to speak them.
…Christ has many services to be done. Some are easy, others are difficult. Some bring honour, others bring reproach. Some are suitable to our natural inclinations and temporal interests, others are contrary to both… Yet the power to do all these things is given to us in Christ, who strengthens us.John Wesley
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.John Wesley
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 heaven.
Whether I can fully obey and except the implications of the covenant is another thing. Perhaps I have to trust in God’s will, for the best. However as a practising Methodist I take the covenant very seriously, and it informs my life of frivolity. Christianity is no “easy way out” of avoiding reality.