Holy Week Readings

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 6-12 April 2020

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

12 April 2020 is Easter Sunday

 This week is Holy Week.  It is holy in that we set it aside to specifically and intensively focus on the events of the week in Christ’s journey which culminated in death and resurrection.  I have given you the set readings for each day.  If you do not find time to reflect on all the reading focus on the Gospel readings.  This week all you are asked to do is read the story.  But read it slowly and be open to God’s Spirit.  This is God’s work of salvation for you and your world.

Step 1 Be still  Step 2 Read the passage  Step 3 Let the passage speak to you

Step 4 Pray and live what you hear

 Monday of Holy Week

Isaiah 42:1–9
Psalm 36:5–11
Hebrews 9:11–15
John 12:1–11

Tuesday of Holy Week

Isaiah 49:1–7
Psalm 71:1–14
1 Corinthians 1:18–31
John 12:20–36

 Wednesday of Holy Week

Isaiah 50:4–9a
Psalm 70
Hebrews 12:1–3
John 13:21–32

 Holy Thursday

Exodus 12:1–14
Psalm 116:1–4, 12–19
1 Corinthians 11:23–26
John 13:1–17, 31b-35

 Good Friday

Isaiah 52:13–53:12
Psalm 22
Hebrews 10:16–25
John 18:1–19:42

 Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil

Job 14:1-14
Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16
1 Peter 4:1-8
Matthew 27:57-66

 Easter Sunday — The Resurrection of Our Lord

 Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24
Colossians 3:1–4
John 20:1-18
Matthew 28:1–10

Hallelujah Hosanna!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 30 March – 5 April 2020

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

Preparing for Palm Sunday 5 April 2020

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

Philippians 2:5-11The way of Jesus Christ — emptying himself, taking the form of a servant, dying

Matthew 21: 1-11 Matthew’s narrative of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we think of a way in which Christ’s kingship is different to any other kingship.  Then we thank Christ that he is our unique King. Today: Humble, riding on a donkey.

Confession: Lord we so often proclaim your kingly reign in our lives but yet continue to live by “earthly kingdom” rules.  This week bring the values you live by under the God’s scrutiny and let him fill you with heavenly values. Focus for today: Control and achievement as against trusting and obeying.

The Word: See readings above or use own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to make a difference to this world and our lives.  This week picture Jesus entering into situations of need and see him making a difference. This week we focus particularly on our world as it is affected by the Corona virus. Today’s focus: loneliness/being shut off

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 a unique King, riding on a donkey, hanging on a cross, lead me in your unique ways.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we think of a way in which Christ kingship is different to any other kingship.  Then we thank Christ that he is our unique King. Today: I have come not to be served, but to serve.

Confession: Lord we so often proclaim your kingly reign in our lives but yet continue to live by “earthly kingdom” rules.  This week bring the values you live by under the God’s scrutiny and let him fill you with heavenly values. Focus for today: Frantic activities vs resting and quiet.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to make a difference to this world and our lives.  This week picture Jesus entering into situations of need and see him making a difference. This week we focus particularly on our world as it is affected by the Corona virus. Today’s focus: fear.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you are a unique King, riding on a donkey, hanging on a cross, lead me in your unique ways.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we think of a way in which Christ kingship is different to any other kingship.  Then we thank Christ that he is our unique King.  Today: He gives his life as a ransom for many.

Confession: Lord we so often proclaim your kingly reign in our lives but yet continue to live by “earthly kingdom” rules.  This week bring the values you live by under the God’s scrutiny and let him fill you with heavenly values. Focus for today: Materialism vs contentment.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to make a difference to this world and our lives.  This week picture Jesus entering into situations of need and see him making a difference. This week we focus particularly on our world as it is affected by the Corona virus. Today’s focus: Stress and anxiety.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you are a unique King, riding on a donkey, hanging on a cross, lead me in your unique ways.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we think of a way in which Christ kingship is different to any other kingship.  Then we thank Christ that he is our unique King.  Today: This is my body, given for you.  This is my blood, poured out for you.

Confession: Lord we so often proclaim your kingly reign in our lives but yet continue to live by “earthly kingdom” rules.  This week bring the values you live by under the God’s scrutiny and let him fill you with heavenly values. Focus for today: I did it my way vs Grace, mercy, co-operation with God action.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to make a difference to this world and our lives.  This week picture Jesus entering into situations of need and see him making a difference. This week we focus particularly on our world as it is affected by the Corona virus. Today’s focus: hopelessness and despair.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you are a unique King, riding on a donkey, hanging on a cross, lead me in your unique ways.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we think of a way in which Christ kingship is different to any other kingship.  Then we thank Christ that he is our unique King. Today: …and he washed their feet.

Confession: Lord we so often proclaim your kingly reign in our lives but yet continue to live by “earthly kingdom” rules.  This week bring the values you live by under the God’s scrutiny and let him fill you with heavenly values. Focus for today: Concern only for self/loving your neighbor as yourself.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to make a difference to this world and our lives.  This week picture Jesus entering into situations of need and see him making a difference. This week we focus particularly on our world as it is affected by the Corona virus. Today’s focus: anger/violence/threat.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you are a unique King, riding on a donkey, hanging on a cross, lead me in your unique ways.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we think of a way in which Christ kingship is different to any other kingship.  Then we thank Christ that he is our unique King. Today: I have come that you might have life…

Confession: Lord we so often proclaim your kingly reign in our lives but yet continue to live by “earthly kingdom” rules.  This week bring the values you live by under the God’s scrutiny and let him fill you with heavenly values. Focus for today:  My next purchase will bring happiness/it is more blessed to give than to receive.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to make a difference to this world and our lives.  This week picture Jesus entering into situations of need and see him making a difference. This week we focus particularly on our world as it is affected by the Corona virus. Today’s focus: your own life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you are a unique King, riding on a donkey, hanging on a cross, lead me in your unique ways.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we think of a way in which Christ kingship is different to any other kingship.  Then we thank Christ that he is our unique King. Today: Hosanna, hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

Confession: Lord we so often proclaim your kingly reign in our lives but yet continue to live by “earthly kingdom” rules.  This week bring the values you live by under the God’s scrutiny and let him fill you with heavenly values. Focus for today:  Fear for the future/trusting in God.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to make a difference to this world and our lives.  This week picture Jesus entering into situations of need and see him making a difference. This week we focus particularly on our world as it is affected by the Corona virus. Today’s focus: Your friends and family.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you are a unique King, riding on a donkey, hanging on a cross, lead me in your unique ways.

Can these bones live?

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 23 – 29 March 2020

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

29 March 2020 is the Fifth Sunday of Lent

Ezekiel 37:1-14  The valley of the dry bones — and what God can do with even this!

Psalm 130    Our hope is in God!

Romans 8:6-11. Paul contrasts the life of the flesh, which draws from sin and leads to death, with the life of the Spirit, which draws from the Spirit of Christ and leads to righteousness. This is not a dualist rejection of the body, but rather a refusal to be controlled by its impulses. “God who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to our mortal bodies through the Spirit.”

John 11:1-45. Lazarus is dead, long dead, stinking dead. Jesus is resurrection and life, and raises him from the dead.

This week’s theme:  We all need frameworks (boundaries) out of which to live well.  It has been said that freedom is finding the right framework, one that leads to abundant life.  God offers us this framework:  Christ says he has come so that we might live abundantly (John 10:10).  What boundaries will help you live fully and freely?

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Galatians 5  1It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.

Confession:  Are you aware of any boundaries that you cross that get your life out of sync with God?   Think of the whole context of your life: Use of time, energy, your sexuality, abuse of power, financial resources, relationships, emotions, etc.  Over the next few days identify some of these breaches.   Ask: If I submit to Christ’s life expressed within me through the Holy Spirit what boundaries do I need to put in place?   These boundaries will keep you living Christ’s life and not our own.  This is real freedom.  This week do some hard work in identifying some boundaries that will help you live a better life.  These are like the banks of a river:  they stop flooding and destruction and keep your life flowing and positive.

The Word: See readings above or use own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus:  Think of boundaries that have been crossed in society that cause destruction and fear.  Pray that God may limit this destruction.  Today’s suggestion:  Crime.

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: Galatians 2:20 “… I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…”

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Galatians 2: 20I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.

Confession:  See Monday.

The Word: See readings above or use own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Think of boundaries that have been crossed in society that cause destruction and fear.  Pray that God may limit this destruction.  Today’s suggestion:  Violence.

Personal Prayers:Galatians

Dedication: Galatians 2:20 “… I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…”

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus:   Galatians 39 …those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

Confession: See Monday.

The Word: See readings above or use own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Think of boundaries that have been crossed in society that cause destruction and fear.  Pray that God may limit this destruction.  Today’s suggestion:   Care of (abuse of) creation.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Galatians 2:20 “… I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…”

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Galatians 3: 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law…so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Confession: See Monday.

The Word: See readings above or use own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Think of boundaries that have been crossed society that cause destruction and fear.  Pray that God may limit this destruction.  Today’s suggestion:  Warfare  (pray for specific situations that you are aware of.)

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Galatians 2:20 “… I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…”

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Galatians 3: 26You are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus,

Confession: See Monday.

The Word: See readings above or use own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Think of boundaries that have been crossed in society that cause destruction and fear.  Pray that God may limit this destruction.  Today’s suggestion:  Abuse of people especially women and children.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Galatians 2:20 “… I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…”

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Galatians 3: 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

Confession: See Monday.

The Word: See readings above or use own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Think of boundaries that have been crossed in society that cause destruction and fear.  Pray that God may limit this destruction.  Today’s suggestion:  Pressures of living, stress and overload.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Galatians 2:20 “… I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…”

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Galatians 4:6 God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”

Confession: See Monday.

The Word: See readings above or use own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Think of boundaries that have been crossed in society that cause destruction and fear.  Pray that God may limit this destruction.  Today’s suggestion:  Ignoring God’s rhythms of life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Galatians 2:20 “… I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…”