Friday, January 01, 2010

Friday Five-Fresh Starts and Covenants

Over at revgalblogpals, Sally has a perfect Friday Five for the New Year.
She begins with the covenant prayer from the Methodist Annual Covenant service;

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.
May it be so forever.
Let this covenant now made on earth
be fulfilled in heaven. AMEN

With this prayer in mind I bring you this Friday Five:

I'll start be saying, I love that prayer, and have used it in the churches I have served at the beginning of the New Year.

1. What will you gladly leave behind in 2009?

Some stress, some weight, some depression

2. What is the biggest challenge of 2010 for you?

My work will be changing. I won't be preaching as often. But I will have an added task of assimilating new members and tracking them. Also, I will be helping members identify their gifts and helping them use them in ministry.

3. Is there anything that you simply need to hand to God and say "all will be well, for you are with me"?

I need to hand my son's ADHD to God. And I need to hand the above to God.

4. If you could only achieve one thing in 2010 what would it be?

Sanity.I mean Serenity.

5. Post a picture, poem or song that sums up your prayer for the year ahead....