Prayer of Confession and Assurance of Pardon:
All People: O God, we wholeheartedly desire your grace so that we may follow your call with resolve, forsake the world, turn away from sin and turn to you. We will guard against all temptations, in good times and in bad, lest they draw us away from you. We acknowledge our own powerlessness against such forces and rely on your righteousness and strength.
(Silent prayer of confession)
Leader: God is boundless in mercy and in grace and offers us again to be our God through Christ. Therefore we solemnly pledge ourselves to God, bowing before God’s great majesty.
All People: We take you as our Lord Jehovah, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We yield ourselves, body and soul, for your service. Promising and vowing to serve you in holiness and righteousness, every day of our lives.
Prayer of Commitment
Leader: Since God has given Jesus as the only way to God, we solemnly accept Jesus as the only new and living way by which sinners like us may come to God. I call you to join in covenant with God.
All People: O blessed Jesus, I come to you hungry, wretched, miserable, blind and naked. I am tarnished by sin and my uncleanliness makes me unable to be in a relationship with you. But your love for me is unparalleled, so with all my heart I accept you and take you as my Lord – for richer for poorer, for all times and conditions, to love honor and obey you above all others, until my death. I embrace you in every way, renouncing my sinfulness, my wisdom and my will, offering myself fully to you, and taking your will to govern my life. And since you have told me that I will suffer if I try to do this alone, I enter into a covenant with you, come what may. Your grace will assist me when I run into trouble, and I know that nothing in life or death will separate me from you.
The Wesleyan Covenant Prayer:
Leader: Let us pray this covenant prayer together in the Wesleyan tradition.
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, place me with whom you will.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be put to work for you or set aside for you,
Praised for you or criticized for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and fully surrender all things to your glory and service.
And now, O wonderful and holy God,
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer,
you are mine, and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it also be made in heaven. Amen.