Monthly Archives: January 2014

Opportunities available to help us draw closer to God

It’s that time of year.  New Year’s resolutions are often made (and quickly broken).

Recently someone commented to me about our United Methodist history and tradition.  I realized what a wealth of resources we have in The United Methodist Church to draw us closer to God.

One of my favorite worship services is a service called John Wesley’s Covenant service.  It is a service at the beginning of the year that allows people to renew their commitment to God each year.  I have included the prayer below.

We also have something called means of Grace.  These are opportunities to draw closer to God.  These opportunities include individual actions, such as prayer, fasting, reading the Bible and healthy living.  There are group practices which include: communion, baptism, and fellowship.  There are actions and practices which involve helping others: doing good, visiting the sick and those in prison, feeding and clothing those in need, earning, saving and giving all you can.  Other group actions, practices include seeking justice and helping other who can’t help themselves.

Our church family at Akron First UMC is going to strive to offer as many of these opportunities to help people to draw others and each other closer to God and each other as possible.

We will look to be the hands, lips, and heart of Jesus and see how we can separately and together draw closer to God in the coming year.

Tired of making (and breaking New Year’s resolutions?)  Come be an active part of our church family in the coming year and see how your faith will soar and you will draw closer to God and others in amazing, incredible ways in the year ahead.

Amen.

Pastor David Wickins

John Wesley Covenant Prayer

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 by 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.

From John Wesley’s

Covenant Service, 1780