Covenant Renewal Prayer

Here is the text of yesterday’s Covenant Renewal Prayer for those who have requested it:

Opening Prayer
O God, Searcher of our hearts,
You have formed us as a people and claimed us for your own.
As we come to acknowledge your sovereignty and grace,
And to enter anew into covenant with you,
Reveal any ways we could come before you inauthentically.
Let your Spirit impress your truth on our souls,
And receive us in mercy, for the sake of our brother, Jesus Christ,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever,

Litany of Thanksgiving
And now, Let us give thanks for all of God’s mercies.
O God, our Covenant Friend,
You have been gracious to us through all of the years of our lives.
We thank you for your loving care,
Which has filled our days and brought us to this time and place.
We praise your holy name, O God.
You have given us life and reason, and set us in a world filled with your glory.
You have comforted us with family and friends,
And ministered to us through the hands of our sisters and brothers.
We praise your holy name, O God.
You have filled our hearts with a hunger after you,
And have given us your peace.
You have redeemed us, and called us to a high calling in Christ Jesus.
You have given us a relationship with you through the Spirit
And the witness of your Church
We praise your holy name, O God.
You have been our light in darkness
And a rock of strength in adversity and temptation
You have been the very Spirit of joy in our joys
And the all-sufficient reward in all our labors
We praise your holy name, O God.
You remembered us when we forgot you
You followed us even when we tried to flee from you
You met us with forgiveness when we returned to you
For all your patience and overflowing grace
We praise your holy name, O God.

Proclamation of Covenant Renewal
Brothers and sisters in Christ,
The Christian life is redeemed from sin and set apart for God.
Through baptism, we have entered into this holy life
And have been added into the new covenant
Of which Jesus Christ is the founder.
He sealed it with his own blood, that it might last forever.

On the one side, God promises to give us new life in Christ
The Source and Perfecter of our faith.

On the other side, we are pledged
To live no more for ourselves but only for Jesus Christ,
Who loved us and gave himself for us.

From time to time we renew our covenant with God,
Especially when we remember our baptism
And gather for communion.
Today, however, we meet, as the generations before us have met,
To renew the covenant that binds us to God.
Let us make this covenant with God our own.

Invitation to Covenant Renewal
Commit yourselves to Christ as his servants
Give yourselves to him, that you may belong to him.
Christ has many services to be done.
Some are more easy and honorable,
Others are more difficult and disgraceful
Some are suitable to our desires and interests,
Others are contrary to both.
In some we may please Christ and please ourselves
But then there are other works where we cannot please Christ
except by denying ourselves.
It is necessary, therefore, that we consider what it means
to be a servant of Christ

Let us, therefore, go to Christ and pray:
Let me be your servant, under your command.
I will no longer be my own.
I will give up myself to your will in all things.

Be satisfied that Christ shall give you your place and work.
Lord, make me what you will.
I put myself fully into your hands:
Put me to doing, put me to suffering,
Let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
Let me be full, let me be empty,
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and with a willing heart
Give it all to your pleasure and disposal.
Christ will be the Savior of none but his servants.
He is the source of all salvation to those who obey.
Christ will have no servants except by consent;
Christ will not accept anything except full consent to all he requires.
Christ will be all in all, or he will be nothing.
Confirm this by a holy covenant.

To make this covenant a reality in your life, listen to these admonitions:
First, set apart some time, more than once,
To be spent alone before the Lord;
In seeking after God with your whole heart
In carefully thinking through all the conditions of the covenant;
In searching your hearts whether you have already freely given your life to Christ.
Consider what your sins are.
Consider what Christ expects of you: holiness, discipline, and love,
And whether you, after having carefully considered this,
Are willing to commit to it all.
Be sure you are clear in these matters, see that you do not lie to God.

Second, be serious and in a spirit of holy awe and reverence.

Third, claim God’s covenant,
Rely upon God’s promise of giving grace and strength,
So you can keep your promise. Trust not your own strength and power.

Fourth, resolve to be faithful.

We have now given to the Lord our hearts,
We have opened our mouths to the Lord,
And we have dedicated ourselves to God.
With God’s power, never go back.

Let us now renew our covenant with the Lord.
Open your hearts to the Lord as we pray:

Covenant Prayer
O righteous God, for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
See me as I come humbly before you
Forgive my unfaithfulness in not having done as you wish,
For you have promised mercy to me
If I turn to you with my whole heart.

God requires that you shall put away all your idols
I here from the bottom of my heart renounce them all,
Covenanting with you that no known sin shall be allowed in my life
Against your ways, I have turned my love toward the world.
In your power, I will watch all temptations that will lead me away from you.
For my own righteousness is riddled with sin,
Unable to stand before you.

Through Christ, God has offered to be your God again if you would let him.
Before all heaven and earth
I here acknowledge you as my Lord and God.
I take you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for my portion,
And vow to give up myself, body and soul, as your servant,
To serve you in holiness and righteousness all the days of my life.

God has given the Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation
Jesus, I do here humbly accept Christ as my salvation,
And sincerely join myself in a covenant with him.
O blessed Jesus, I come to you,
Hungry, sinful, miserable, blind, and naked
Unworthy even to wash the feet of your servants
I do here, with all my power, accept you as my Lord and Head
I renounce my own worthiness,
And vow that you are the Lord, my righteousness
I renounce my own wisdom, and take you for my only guide.
I renounce my own will, and take your will as my own.

Christ has told you that you must suffer with him
I do here covenant with you, O Christ,
To take my lot with you as it may fall.
Through your grace I promise
That neither life nor death shall part me from you.

God has given holiness as the rule of your life
I do here willingly put my neck under your yoke, to carry your burden.
All your ways are holy, just, and good.
I therefore take them as the rule for my words, thoughts, and actions, promising that I will strive
To order my whole life according to your direction,
And not allow myself to neglect anything I know to be my duty

The almighty God searches and knows your heart
O God, you know that I make this covenant with you today
Without deception or reservation
If any falsehood should be in it, guide me and help me to set it aright.

And now, glory be to you, O God the Father,
Whom I from this day forward shall look upon as my God and Father.

Glory be to you, O God the Son
Who has loved me and washed me from my sins in his own blood, and now is my Savior and Redeemer,

Glory be to you, O God the Holy Spirit,
Who by your almighty power has turned my heart from sin to God.

O mighty God, the Lord All Powerful, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you have now become my Covenant Friend.
And I, through your infinite grace, have become your covenant servant.
So be it.
And let the covenant I have made on earth be ratified in heaven.

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