Given that I wish I was at a Watch Night service tonight like what Wesley Methodist Seremban is having in another 2 hours (going by Malaysian time), I’m having my own mini Watch Night office here at home tonight instead to ring in 2007 after playing some NBA Live 06 earlier on in the night.
UMH606 “Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine”
WORDS: Charles Wesley, 1762 (Jer. 50:5) / MUSIC: English melody; arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906
Come, let us use the grace divine,
And all with one accord,
In a perpetual covenant join
Ourselves to Christ the Lord:
Give up ourselves, through Jesus’ power,
His name to glorify;
And promise, in this sacred hour,
For God to live and die.
The covenant we this moment make
Be ever kept in mind:
We will no more our God forsake,
Or cast his words behind.
We never will throw off the fear
Of God who hears our vow;
And if thou art well pleased to hear,
Come down and meet us now.
Thee, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Let all our hearts receive,
Present with thy celestial host
The peaceful answer give;
To each covenant the blood apply
Which takes our sins away,
And register our names on high
And keep us to that day!
My favorite section from “An Order of Worship for Such as Would Enter into or Renew Their Covenant with God”. It’s an incredibly sobering section to read and to take in with every fibre of one’s being.
For Use in a Watch Night Service, on the First Sunday of the Year, or Other Occasion
+ Then, the people standing, the minister shall say,
And now, beloved, let us bind ourselves with willing bonds to our covenant God, and take the yoke of Christ upon us.
This taking of his yoke upon us means that wea re heartily content that he appoint us our place and word, and that he alone be our reward.
Christ has many services to be done; some are easy, others are difficult; some bring honor, others being reproach; some are suitable to our natural inclinations, and temporal 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. Yet the power to do all these things is assuredly given us in Christ, who strengthens us.
Therefore let us make the covenant of God our own. Let us engage our heart to the Lord, and resolve in his strength never to go back.
Being thus prepared, let us now, in sincere dependence on his grace and trusting in his promises, yield ourselves anew to him.
+ Here let the people kneel or bow, and the minister say in the name of all,
O Lord God, holy Father, who hast called us through Christ to be partakers in this gracious covenant: We take upon ourselves with joy the yoke of obedience, and engage ourselves, for love of thee, to seek and do thy perfect will. We are no longer our own, but thine.
+ Then all shall say,
UMH607 “A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition”
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 by 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.
Here’s to wishing all of you readers of my sad little blog a blessed and Happy New Year. Hope that you’re still reading this in 2007.
Pax in +,