It’s the season of resurrection!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 22 – 28 April 2019

Readings with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org   

This is the Easter Season!

 Acts 5:27-32. God’s authority, not human authority, directs our mission in Jesus Christ.

Psalm response: Psalm 150. Let everything with breath praise the Lord! “Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ is risen!”

Revelation 1:4-8. A core image of our identity as church: a kingdom

of priests serving God.

John 20:19-31Jesus appears to the disciples at a time when Thomas is not present, so Thomas is sceptical. Jesus returns a week later and greets Thomas, and Thomas confesses “my Lord and my God.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around us.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession:   Again focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you.

The Word: Use readings above or your own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for your world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

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: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around us.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession: Again focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for your world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around us.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession: Again focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for your world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around us.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession: Again focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for your world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around us.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession: Again focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for your world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around us.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession: Again focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for your world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around us.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession: Again focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for your world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)

He is Risen!

(With apologies. It seems that although the blog was posted the email was not sent out. So this is a re-post in the hope the email sends!)

Daily Rhythm

 Devotional Diary 14 – 21 April 2019

Sunday 21 April is Easter Sunday

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

Preparing for Good Friday:

Isaiah 52:13-53:12. In context, the speaker is the leadership of Babylon. Here, they realize the peace and unity of their nation (the healing of their wounds) was bought with the blood of the people they had taken into exile and persecuted. As Christians read this text today, we remember our complicity in the death of Jesus.

Psalm 22. The psalm falls into two distinct parts. The first part is lament with almost desperate begging for healing. The second part, beginning at verse 20b, is thanksgiving for healing.

Hebrews 10:16-25.The writer portrays the blood of Jesus as covenant blood — a testimony that God has initiated the new covenant with humanity prophesied by Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Because there is a new covenant, those who are its beneficiaries can approach God and give living testimony in the world with holy boldness.

John 18:1-19:42. The four sayings from the crucifix that are part of today’s account are “Woman, here is your son,” “Here is your mother,” “I am thirsty,” and “It is finished”.

Preparing for Easter Sunday:

Acts 10:34-43. Peter goes to the household of Cornelius and proclaims the resurrection of Jesus and his appointment by God as judge of the living and the dead.

Psalm 118:(1-2), 14-24. Picking up on last Sunday’s use of this Psalm in connection with the “triumphal entry, ” these verses focus on victory and deliverance from death.

1 Corinthians 15:19-26. Paul “sings ” one of the early Christian hymns celebrating the resurrection of Jesus to the Christians of Corinth (verses 20-22), then explains its implications for the resurrection of Christians and the final victory of Christ at the end of the age.

Luke 24:1-12. The followers of Jesus need to be rewired to see Christ through the eyes of resurrection rather than death!

Jesus prays for peace as he enters Jerusalem.  We share in praying for peace this week.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: God is gentleness. (Galatians 5:22)

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I have crushed the sensitive spirit with a heavy-handed response.

The Word: See above readings or use your own devotional aids.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying for peace.  The peace (shalom)  of God is not just the absence of conflict but also the presence of health and wholeness.  As you pray for peace in various areas picture what shape this health and wholeness will take in the different contexts and pray accordingly.   Today we pray for inner peace.  Peace within your own hearts and the hearts of your neighbours.

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: Show us good Lord, the peace we should seek, the peace we must give, the peace we can keep, the peace we must forgo, and the peace you have given us in Jesus our Lord. (Caryl Micklem)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: God is self-control. (Galatians 5:22)

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I have lost control and have hurt others deeply.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.  Today we pray for peace in relationships between peoples that are victims of some kind of prejudice.  Gender, race, age, etc.

Dedication: Show us good Lord, the peace we should seek, the peace we must give, the peace we can keep, the peace we must forgo, and the peace you have given us in Jesus our Lord. (Caryl Micklem)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. (Psalm 150:6)

Confession:  Lord you have called me to praise your holy name.  So often it is my name alone that I seek to praise and lift up.  Help me to lift up your name in praise.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.  Today we pray for peace in families.  We pray for peace where there is abuse, physical, sexual or emotional.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Show us good Lord, the peace we should seek, the peace we must give, the peace we can keep, the peace we must forgo, and the peace you have given us in Jesus our Lord. (Caryl Micklem)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: For the Lord takes delight in his people… (Psalm 149:4)

Confession:  Lord I sometimes despise people.  You take delight in them.  Help me to take delight in the people I encounter.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.  Pray for peace in the area of crime and violence.  Focus particularly on the health and wholeness issue.  Pray that our society may be a healthy one.  Focus on a specific way in which we can move in this direction and pray accordingly.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Show us good Lord, the peace we should seek, the peace we must give, the peace we can keep, the peace we must forgo, and the peace you have given us in Jesus our Lord. (Caryl Micklem)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: …praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens. (Psalm 148:13)

Confession: Lord, the splendour of your creation has grown familiar in my eyes.  Help me to look at it in new ways and realise your greatness yet again.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.  Today we pray for our world.  Choose a country and pray for God’s peace to be realised in a specific way there.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Show us good Lord, the peace we should seek, the peace we must give, the peace we can keep, the peace we must forgo, and the peace you have given us in Jesus our Lord. (Caryl Micklem)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: He determines the number of stars and calls each by name.  Great is our God and mighty in power… (Psalm 147:4)

Confession: Lord sometimes I worship the stars and not you who name them.  Today help me to worship the one who controls the stars and who guides us in His paths.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus. Today we pray for any area of concern that surfaces as important for you.  Into what scenario do you need to pray God’s peace?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Show us good Lord, the peace we should seek, the peace we must give, the peace we can keep, the peace we must forgo, and the peace you have given us in Jesus our Lord. (Caryl Micklem)

Sunday: 

Adoration Focus: …the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.  (Psalm 146:8)

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I rely on my own strength and wisdom.  You are the one who lifts us up.  Today I turn to you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.  Today we pray for peace in church communities.  We focus on internal rivalry and unresolved conflict and strife.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Show us good Lord, the peace we should seek, the peace we must give, the peace we can keep, the peace we must forgo, and the peace you have given us in Jesus our Lord. (Caryl Micklem)

It’s the season of resurrection!

(For week 15 – 21 April please scroll down.)

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 22 – 28 April 2019

Readings with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org   

This is the Easter Season!

 Acts 5:27-32. God’s authority, not human authority, directs our mission in Jesus Christ.

Psalm response: Psalm 150. Let everything with breath praise the Lord! “Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ is risen!”

Revelation 1:4-8. A core image of our identity as church: a kingdom

of priests serving God.

John 20:19-31Jesus appears to the disciples at a time when Thomas is not present, so Thomas is sceptical. Jesus returns a week later and greets Thomas, and Thomas confesses “my Lord and my God.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around us.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession:   Again focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you.

The Word: Use readings above or your own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for your world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

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: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around us.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession: Again focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for your world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around us.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession: Again focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for your world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around us.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession: Again focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for your world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around us.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession: Again focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for your world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around us.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession: Again focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for your world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around us.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession: Again focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for your world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)