Today is the last day of the year. My Wesleyan heritage has always led me on this day to the Watch Night Service, and to the Wesleyan Covenant Prayer. Worshiping in the New Year is an old Methodist tradition, and this prayer that Wesley gave to his Methodists in Britain in 1755 is a classic.
As your bring in 2012, may it be a framework for your mission and ministry for the coming year:
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 for 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 wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours. So be it. And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.