For a few years I worshipped as part of Trinity Methodist Church in Shifnal, Shropshire. An undoubted highlight of each new year was the opportunity to pray the prayer below. Full of the glorious call of the Gospel and contrary to much that is valued and espoused in modern Western church life, it remains one of my favourite prayers.
The Methodist Covenant Prayer
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.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.