150 Days of Preparation for Ordination

With our major work for ordination in The United Methodist Church now behind us (except for interviews and events to attend), today begins 150 days of preparation for ordination.

I’ve been thinking about this for a while. I want to make the most of this time, but I also know that my tendency is to overdo/overplan (Exhibit A: my Lenten Growth Plan last year was way too intense especially with other work we were doing at the time).

But there are a few things I’d like to do, if possible, including …

Pray “Wesley’s Covenant Prayer” Daily (modern language)

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 which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Read John Wesley’s Sermons

Read John Wesley’s Journal

Read John Wesley: A Preaching Life by Michael Pasquarello

Read Reading Scripture as Wesleyans by Joel B. Green

Read Why Jesus? by William Willimon

But, we probably also need some rest, especially in the next few days. Today’s an actual day off, tomorrow’s our wedding anniversary, and Sunday afternoon, we head to the Bishop’s Retreat.

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