Out of Control?

Have you ever felt as though life was out of control?

This past summer felt exactly that way for me. Life was out of control! In fact, I am amazed at the grace this congregation offered as God’s call to ministry pulled me away from the pulpit more than usual this summer. I cannot thank you enough for your willingness to allow me the privilege of ministering beyond the walls of Oakland UMC.

However, sometimes we allow ourselves to get carried away with “doing”… whether it is “doing” ministry as was the case for me this summer, or “doing” the family thing, or even saturating ourselves with work around the house or in our places of employment…

If you’re anything like me, you can very easily get caught up in the craziness of life and if you’re not careful, you will lose sight of God…

Here is a prayer called the “Wesleyan Covenant Prayer” with which to start and end the day that may help keep you centered on your Savior:

Wesleyan Covenant Prayer

Dear God,

I am no longer my own, but Yours.
Put me to what You will, rank me with whom You will.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by You or laid aside for You,
Exalted for You or brought low for You.
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 Your pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
You are mine, and I am Yours. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

[Moore, Frank; Moore, Brent (2013-06-01). Jesus Is Lord: The Cry of a Kingdom Citizen (Kindle Locations 1725-1734). Nazarene Publishing House. Kindle Edition.]

Be blest!

Embrace grace,

Pastor Ed

2018-08-07T20:23:26+00:00August 25th, 2015|Pastor's Blog|

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