The reign of Christ!

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Devotional Diary 18 – 24 November 2019

24 November is the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King Sunday

Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org 

 Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

 Jeremiah 23:1-6. God rejects the bad shepherds (kings) of Israel/Judah who scatter the flock. God promises to raise up good kings and a branch in the line of David to rule in righteousness.

Luke 1:68-79The Song of Zechariah.

Colossians 1:11-20. A hymn of praise to Christ the King of all.

Luke 23:33-43Jesus of Nazareth, “King of the Jews,” is crucified.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:3 …may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.

Confession: This week we focus on how we have thought that we have known better than Christ our King.  The times we have sought to control our own destinies and have ended up in trouble.  We so often ignore the Master Potters words.  Focus on ways that you have marred the pot that is your life and bring it out of the darkness into God’s light for transformation.  Hear his words of life: What is he saying to you?  How can you better reflect the glory of his light in your unique life?

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Pray for the gift of God’s guidance for someone who is losing his or her way.

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

Dedication:  “Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:4 Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for the gift of God’s peace for someone who is troubled.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:4…his name is the Lord…rejoice before him.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who needs God’s reassurance.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is suffering, emotionally or physically.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:20 Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for your local town that God’s life and love may continue to bring the gift of transformation to all its peoples.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 68:34 Proclaim the power of God … whose power is in the skies,

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that God may prepare all his people to be particularly receptive to the Word as it is preached tomorrow.  Pray that that Word may bring them the gift of God’s life and love.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 68:26 Praise God in the great congregation; praise the Lord in the assembly…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that we may catch the visions and dreams that God has for us both as people and as communities.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

A whole new world!

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Devotional Diary 11 – 17 November 2019

17 November is the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost.

Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org 

 Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Isaiah 65:17-25. A prophecy of an entirely new world order inaugurated by God in which infant mortality is ended, everyone works and enjoys the fruit of his/her labor, and “They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain.”

Isaiah 12.  Giving thanks to God for his wonderful deeds!

2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 (3rd of 3 weeks).Paul instructs the Christians in Thessalonica on the importance of work and avoiding the creation of an “idle class,” whether rich or poor.

Luke 21:5-19. Jesus foretells of the destruction of the Temple, warns against being misled by alarmists, and anticipates dreadful times in which his followers must bear witness and will be given words, wisdom, and power to endure by the Holy Spirit.

This week we focus on creation, our Adoration focus includes a longer Psalm focusing on the glory of creation. Remember the Westminster Confession tells us that God created the world “for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom and goodness.”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 8

Confession: This week in our confessions we focus on two responses to the God who tends his people:  The first: Ask yourself in what ways you need to allow your heart to be more open to God’s tending and care?  The second: In what ways is God calling you to express God’s care and tending in this world? Focus on one of these responses each day and allow God’s Spirit to guide you deeper in his gift of life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for creation: The call: to conserve not to crucify.  Each day pray for a different aspect of our created world as God leads you.

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

Dedication:  Lord God, as you bring the flowers into bloom, may we bloom for you today.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 19:1-6

Confession:  See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for creation: The call: to conserve not to crucify.  Each day pray for a different aspect of our created world as God leads you.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord God, as you bring the flowers into bloom, may we bloom for you today.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 65:9-13

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for creation: The call: to conserve not to crucify.  Each day pray for a different aspect of our created world as God leads you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord God, as you bring the flowers into bloom, may we bloom for you today.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:1-4

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for creation: The call: to conserve not to crucify.  Each day pray for a different aspect of our created world as God leads you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord God, as you bring the flowers into bloom, may we bloom for you today.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:5-9

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for creation: The call: to conserve not to crucify.  Each day pray for a different aspect of our created world as God leads you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord God, as you bring the flowers into bloom, may we bloom for you today.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:10-18

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for creation: The call: to conserve not to crucify.  Each day pray for a different aspect of our created world as God leads you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord God, as you bring the flowers into bloom, may we bloom for you today.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:19-24

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for creation: The call: to conserve not to crucify.  Each day pray for a different aspect of our created world as God leads you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord God, as you bring the flowers into bloom, may we bloom for you today.

The God of the living

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Devotional Diary 4 – 10 November 2019

10 November is the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost.

Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org 

 Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Haggai 1:15b—2:9. Through Haggai, God promises restoration of the splendour of the Lord’s house and tells the leaders to take courage.

Psalm 145: 1-5, 17-2.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17.  Paul advises the people of Thessalonica not to be worried that they have missed the second coming of Christ. He urges them to stand firm in the gospel and teaching they have received.

Luke 20: 27-38. The Sadducees question Jesus about the Resurrection. Jesus traps them in their own trap.

This week:  In our confessions we focus on our sins of omission, those things we have failed to do.  Our intercessions call for you to bring your concerns for prayer to various areas of life that are given as a prompt for prayers.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we have failed to use the gifts and talents you have given us.  So often the easy option has been to bury our talents.  We offer you our gifts, use them and us for the work of your Kingdom, and help us to step out in service.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for vision and mission.  Today: Praying for a realisation that God is at work in our world.

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

Dedication: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

Confession: Lord, forgive us for missed opportunities to witness to your name and glory.  Teach us how to speak the right word at the right time.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for vision and mission.  Today: Offering ourselves into the mission and work of God.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

Confession: Lord, forgive us for missing an opportunity to reach out with a random action of care and hope.  Help us to care in your name.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for vision and mission.  Today: Hope for those who find no meaning

Personal prayers:

Dedication: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

Confession: Lord, forgive us for not acting on the promptings of your Spirit in our lives.  Make us sensitive to your divine whisperings in our lives.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for vision and mission.  Today: For the building up of what has been broken down.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!

 Friday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way and use it to praise God’s name.)

Confession: Lord forgive us for the neglect of our own lives and health (physical, mental and spiritual).  Teach us how to take care of ourselves so that we may better serve you and praise your name.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for vision and mission.  Today:  For an empowered church that cares enough to act.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we fail to give abundantly and cheerfully. Help us to give even as you gave to us.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for vision and mission.  Today: For a spirit that shares resources as good stewards.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we have held ourselves back from worshipping you without reserve.  Help us to worship you, as you deserve.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for vision and mission.  Today: For worship that gives us vision and empowers us for mission and service.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!