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New Year’s Prayer

posted by xscot mcknight

January 1, The Holy Name
Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.



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Anonymous

posted January 1, 2008 at 12:26 am


Praised be the Holy Name of Jesus!
A blessed New Year to you and all.



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Monk-in-Training

posted January 1, 2008 at 10:48 am


Don’t forget, with that Sacred Name came the first shedding of His Blood for us.
Today the 8th day from His birth, was His circumcision as well as His Naming.



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Richard

posted January 1, 2008 at 8:05 pm


Monk-in-training. I was wondering if forgeting Jesus’ circumcision would nulify any chances of sainthood?
Aren’t we glad that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever… It sort of puts the New Year in proper perspective doesn’t it?
Remember Paul saying that he be acursed of God to save some?
WoW, that’s Jesus.



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Susan Speer

posted January 1, 2008 at 11:19 pm


Happy New Year to you Scot & Kris! :)



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Andrew Kenny

posted January 2, 2008 at 2:16 pm


THis is the Covenantt Prayerand would be familiar to all Methodists. THis prayer of comittment is made to God at the Covenant service which normally takes place at the begining of the New Year.The origins of the covenant prayer have been the subject of some scholarly discussion. While Wesley attributes it to the English puritan Alleine, influences of German pietistic have also been claimed, and also (less frequently) echoes of the high church tradition from which Wesley sprang.May it also be a blessing to all on your blog who pray it.
‘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.



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preacherman

posted January 3, 2008 at 11:58 am


Amen & Amen.



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Richard

posted January 4, 2008 at 7:17 am


Andrew, The Covenant Prayerand sounds to me like the clay speaking to the Potter, and it is beautiful and necessary but it can contain the lump of pride in it as it can be takened as if the clay is capable of keeping a covenant and therefore pointing to the clay rather than the Treasure in it known as the covenant keeper Himself, Jesus Christ the only Life there is.
Every mountain brought low and every valley filled enables us to recognize this only Life of Christ since we are in this world and not of it and even as He is in the world, so are we.
I tried to keep covenants and I was allowed to fail miserably and given the experience of ” My yoke is easy and my burden is Life.” We learn on the Cross that we are entirely dependant in both Life and death. Grace is the Person of Jesus Christ and we should never be afraid of receiving Grace nor envious of others receiving Him.



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Andrew Kenny

posted January 4, 2008 at 11:58 am


Richard, thanks for your comments.
In the Methodist church I was brought up in Northern Ireland we held the Covenant Service on the first Sunday of the New Year. As a teenager I felt it was almost a blood curdling commitment: ?Put me to suffering; let me be laid aside by thee; let me be empty; the covenant which I have made on earth let it be ratified in heaven?etc.
If we therefore end up having to go through a terrible year of trials, we can’t really complain too much as we have given Him permission to allow it. But even then, we can still ask for mercy.
I think in essence it is a development of our daily prayer when we pray :?Thy will be done?. However, after a lot of difficulty through illness in my own life I often resorted to Jacob?s ?I will not let you go unless you bless me?, as I felt I was going under, never to rise again. I also stopped praying Paul?s ?That I might know the fellowship of your sufferings?, and for a change prayed ?that I might know the power of you resurrection?. Like yourself, I agree that of ourselves we are so weak to keep perfectly our oaths and covenants: we need His grace.?
Even so I think the covenant prayer is perhaps better (more biblical, or at least more in keeping with the type of prayer God is pleased with- many may disagree) than ‘the prayer of Jabez’ even though his prayer was answered.
Wesley, though I love him greatly, was not also without faults and weaknesses as I?m sure you also know.



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Richard

posted January 5, 2008 at 6:24 am


Andrew, I do appreciate your honesty and I’m sure that God has you, as myself, where he want’s us. There are perhaps only a few points of similar experiences in our background and I’m certain the overall finality is that we posess the very Heart of God whom He so freely gave to us.
God’s victory in our wreseling with Him comes through as an undeniable fact that we already have been blessed with all the blessedness that every was, is or can be… the very Life of God that oozed from the very God, Jesus our Lord and Saviour.
Paul’s Gal. 2:20 ( as you know ) brings the focus off us unto Him, back to us, unto Him and so on and so on that there is such a identification that Jesus our High Priest said of His followeres to Paul, “Saul, Saul, hy does thou persecute ME.”
I think that our Heavenly Father sometimes must shake His head from our piety as we resolve to be one of His favorites and do things for Him. He is the courage in us that brings us out of having our back in the corner and take our part in His salvation in the moment to moment reality that is the He of the I AM.
I love hearing my pastor say after pointing out great lovers of the Faith at Jesus’ feet… ” And what have you got do to reach such devotion…. nothing but the next thing in the fact of Faith that God has you where He want’s you for His Glory.”
I salute you Andrew as a Living Epistle; To some a mad man, to others the Son whom the Father saw afar away and came running to meet him.



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Andrew Kenny

posted January 8, 2008 at 5:30 pm


Richard, thanks again for your comments. Perhaps it might help to quote what is said by the congregation just before the Covenant prayer to provide you with some sort of context.
.’..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.
[edit] The Prayer
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
It some ways the prayer is the most natural thing to do at the time. At a marriage ceremony the two lovers make a commitment to love and honour one another ?till death do us part?. Despite that they might fail many times it?s appropriate and right that they do it at this time : their wedding.
There is a build up in the Covenant service and the Covenant prayer is the climax. In one sense we can acknowledge that we can?t keep it, but on the other it is the most reasonable thing in the world to do.
The same might be said of ?The Jesus Creed?: that of loving God completely and our neighbours as ourselves. Impossible we say : but is it really, given that God?s Spirit is within us. Surely we have the potential to live fully pleasing lives even if no one actually does. Again Wesley: Charles this time turns the impossible commandment on its head in the verse that follows.
O GOD, of good the unfathomed sea!
Who would not give his heart to thee?
Who would not love thee with his might?
O Jesu, lover of mankind,
Who would not his whole soul and mind,
With all his strength, to thee unite?
To him it is the most logical thing in the world to do, as he states three times:
?who would not? give his heart, soul and mind to thee. The hardest commandment in the Bible then becomes the most reasonable for a child of God who has been given so much.
May you and all ‘Jesus Creed ‘ readers have a great year with God.



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