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Steve

Welcome to Trinity United Methodist Church!

 

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 by 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 heartily yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
you are mine, and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

 

January is when congregations of the Wesleyan/Methodist family reaffirm their covenant with God. An important part of our tradition is the Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition (above).

 

John Wesley adapted this prayer from the Puritan tradition that was so important to his parents, Samuel and Susanna, and life in the Epworth rectory. It informed his theology and preaching. He expected the people called "Methodists" to pray this prayer at the beginning of each new year as a way of remembering and renewing their baptismal covenant.

 

The prayer describes the cost of living as a participant with Christ on his mission. Baptism marks the beginning of life in Christ and his church, a people who "profess to pursue holiness of heart and life; universal love filling the heart and governing the life." The Covenant prayer helps us remember what this Jesus-way of life looks like.

 

The Covenant Prayer gives us a picture of missional life devoted to following Jesus and serving as Christ's representative in the world. It reminds us being a Christian is a way of life. What we say we believe is expressed in the way we live.

 

The Christian life is possible only in a community centered in the life and mission of the crucified and risen Jesus Christ. Wesley and the early Methodists annually prayed the Covenant Prayer presuming everyone was part of a class meeting that met weekly for accountability and support for the life described by the prayer. Everyone had a discipleship coach in their class leader, who served as a role model, encouraged and prayed for them.

 

Congregational reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant and the Covenant Prayer are important and powerful Wesleyan/Methodist traditions. They remind us who and whose we are. This makes them a great way to begin each new year as Christ's representatives in the world that needs to know and see his love and justice.

 

Members of Trinity United Methodist Church are invited to reaffirm our covenant with God and with one another in worship on Sunday, January 13.

 

Peace,
Pastor Steve

 

 

Daily Scripture Readings- Jan. 14-20, 2019
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Hospitality Statement

Trinity United Methodist Church celebrates the diversity of the human community, and affirms the sacred worth of each person as a recipient of God’s love and grace. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we declare ourselves to be an open and inclusive congregation, and welcome into full participation all persons regardless of gender, race, national origin, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status or economic condition.