I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself,
if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received
from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
DEDICATION OF COVENANTS
The New Church runs on a covenant-based system – only, we really mean it. The only way to join The New Church is to write a covenant. These covenants are rewritten every year. Nobody tells a New Church member what to do, think, or believe about anything. We each tell our church what we actually do think and believe and what we intend to do about it in the coming year. So as others are thinking about pledges at stewardship time, we are writing our covenants for The New Church.
We pray that you accept and empower these covenants, Great Spirit. Without Your Presence, they are a silly, meaningless form. With Your Presence, they inspire and light our lives. You have somehow sustained us all to this present day. And You have sustained our strange little church for three and a half years already. If You have plans for us, guide us and keep us faithful enough to see them unfold.
And thank you for our friends from Countryside, who have invited us to share the WAY with them – who even allow us to use their chapel, and who ponder and pray with us. We do hope You will find ways to make us a blessing to them, as You have made them a blessing to us.
Hear our prayers – the spoken and the unspoken – in the Name of Jesus the Christ, our Savior and our Lord. Amen.