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Liturgy - Covenant Prayer - English


Beloved in Christ, let us again claim for ourselves this Covenant which God has made with his people, and take the yoke of Christ upon us.

To take his yoke upon us means that we are content that he appoint us our place and work, and that he himself be our reward.

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 material interests,  others are contrary to both.

In some we may please Christ and please ourselves, in others we cannot please Christ except by denying ourselves.  They the power to do all these things is given us in Christ, who strengthens us.

Therefore let us make this Covenant of God our own.  Let us give ourselves anew to him, trusting in his promises and relying on his grace.

The people sit or kneel.

The minister says:
Lord God, Holy Father, since you have called us through Christ to share in this gracious Covenant, we take upon ourselves with joy the yoke of obedience, and, for love of you, engage ourselves to seek and do your perfect will.

We are no longer our own, but yours:

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 now made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.

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