Minister’s Note 31 January 2016

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“I am no longer my own, but yours”

 

After reading the Covenant Prayer with group leaders on Thursday, a solemn silence followed. Words like “I am no longer my own, but yours” and “let me be employed for you or laid aside for you” have a ‘gravity’ about them.

I’m reminded of the words read at weddings: “No one should enter into this lightly or selfishly, for marriage involves the giving of a man and a woman woleheartedly to each other.” The Covenant Prayer has that sense about it – we wholeheartedly give ourselves to God.

Like The Vows at a Wedding, saying the Covenant Prayer will be a solemn moment. But, like Wedding Vows, it is also a joyful moment! We surrender our lives to the God who is Love (1 Jn 4:8). Paul teaches that “Love is patient, love is kind. … It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (1 Cor 13:4,7).” We surrender, love wins! We are never alone, for, as we also read at weddings, “Christ in his self-giving comes to our help, for he loves us and gave himself for us.” God Bless, Sean