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New Year’s resolutions 

-Pastor Dorothy Ann Webster
  It is January, the month when the most resolutions are made. Popular resolutions include intentions to lose weight, to exercise more, to clean out our closets, to simplify, to organize, to save money and to manage time more wisely. As you think about changes you want to make in your personal life, have you given any thought to resolutions concerning your spiritual life?
   John Wesley, one of the founders of the Methodist movement, consistently encouraged Methodists to take time at the first of the year to consider our spiritual lives. Is following Jesus a priority for us?  How is our love of Christ making a difference in the way we live our lives? In what ways do we need to realign our values to reflect Christ’s values?
   As you consider your spiritual life at the start of this new year, I invite you to pray this prayer. The original version of the prayer was written by John Wesley to be used at the first of each new year.  While it is not an easy prayer to pray, it IS a wonderful way to recommit ourselves to following Christ more closely.
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.
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