Storm to stillness…

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Devotional Diary 18 – 24 June 2018

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

Sunday 24 June is the fifth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Samuel 17 (1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49.  The shepherd, David, uses the implements of his trade and the power of the Lord to defeat the giant warrior, Goliath. “The Lord does not save by sword and spear” (verse 47).

Psalm 9:11-20.  The psalm celebrates God’s defence of those who are afflicted by catching the offenders in the traps they have made.

2 Corinthians 6:1-13. Tension abounds. Paul argues that his suffering for the sake of the gospel provides all the credentials he needs for the Corinthians to listen to him. The ball is in their court now.

Mark 4:35-41. Jesus treats a storm the same way he treats demons. He rebukes it, and tells it to shut up. Then Jesus rebukes the disciples for their fear — not just of the storm, but of what Jesus did to end it.

In our adoration and confessional focus this week we follow a suggestion from “Signposts to Spirituality” by Trevor Hudson.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?””

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance today/tomorrow?”  Focus: Cleansing

The Word: See readings and comments.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: We pray for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for your own life: how is God seeking to send 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: “I am thine O Lord, I have heard Thy call and it told of Thy love for me…” (Methodist Hymn Book)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?””

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?” Focus: New beginnings…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for your church. Pray for a specific part of its life of service.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “I am thine O Lord, I have heard Thy call and it told of Thy love for me…” (Methodist Hymn Book)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?””

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Focus: Breathe in and out, deeply, slowly…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for ministers of the Gospel that they may lead while following Christ.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I am thine O Lord, I have heard Thy call and it told of Thy love for me…” (Methodist Hymn Book)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?””

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Focus: Let God’s Spirit fill you…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for your Church denomination or umbrella body that it may embrace its mission and Kingdom of God calling.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I am thine O Lord, I have heard Thy call and it told of Thy love for me…” (Methodist Hymn Book)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?””

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Focus: Walk in step with God’s Spirit: find a new rhythm…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for all who are struggling to see themselves as empowered to serve God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I am thine O Lord, I have heard Thy call and it told of Thy love for me…” (Methodist Hymn Book)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?””

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Focus: Find a new centre out of which to live…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for all who are facing opposition and hardship in their service of God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I am thine O Lord, I have heard Thy call and it told of Thy love for me…” (Methodist Hymn Book)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?””

Confession:  “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Focus: Bow/kneel before your God and worship…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for that in our worship we may serve God by lifting up his name.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I am thine O Lord, I have heard Thy call and it told of Thy love for me…” (Methodist Hymn Book)

I did not know how!

 

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Devotional Diary 11 – 17 June 2018

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

Sunday 17 June is the fourth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13.  The Lord interrupts Samuel’s grief over Saul’s many failures and sends him to Jesse of Bethlehem to anoint one of his sons as the Lord would show him.

Psalm 72.  Psalm 72 celebrates what a good king would do, what respect he could expect, and what hopes the people might have for him and his reign.

2 Corinthians 5:6-17. Since we are in Christ, a new creation, we are empowered to live for him.

Mark 4:26-34.  Two parables of the kingdom of God: seed scattered that takes root, grows, and leads to harvest, and mustard weed –a woody, fast-growing and spreading, persistent nuisance in Middle Eastern fields…

For our confessions we revisit a cycle of questions (found under the confession focus for each day).    

The prayers of intercession are based on a prayer in “The Methodist Service Book.”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. (Psalm 47:1)

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I rely only on my own strength and I ignore your call to share in the richness of your infinite resources.  Help me to “plug-in” and to live out of your power.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Hear us, Lord God, as we pray for your one holy Church: make us all one, so that the world may believe.

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: Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I fill my life with hurry and never touch base with your order and love.  Help me to listen to your breathing and to be filled with your breath.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you: grant that Your name may be glorified by all people

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever. (Psalm 45:6)

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I live only for what I can get.  Lord, I find it so hard not to get swallowed by the spirit of materialism, and sometimes I don’t even recognise that I am guided by its ethics.  Set me free that I may be guided by your values.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Guide and strengthen all ministers of your gospel: make them faithful in your service.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Then will I go to the altar of God, to God my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.  (Psalm 43:4)

Confession: Lord, I do not have a firm faith; at times I doubt and am unable to trust you. O Lord, strengthen my faith, I pray, that I may find my peace in you.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom: Inspire and lead all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world: establish justice and peace among all people.

Shared Focus:

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

Friday:

Adoration Focus: As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1)

Confession: Lord, I am so reluctant to actively witness to your glory.  Lord, forgive me and show me how to witness in loving and creative ways.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Have compassion on all who suffer from any sickness, grief or trouble: deliver them from their distress.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.  Amen and Amen. (Psalm 41:13)

Confession: Lord I am so self-absorbed I find it difficult to praise others and even to really lose myself in my praise of you.  Forgive me Lord and give my heart wings to rise up in praise.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Give us courage to do your will in all that we undertake: reveal the life of Christ within us.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Many, O Lord my God are the wonders you have done. (Psalm 40:5)

Confession: Lord you have said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God.”  I have sought first my own kingdom.  Forgive me and help me to have Godly priorities.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  We praise you for all your saints who have entered your eternal glory: bring us all to share in your heavenly kingdom.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

The wild work of God!

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Devotional Diary 4 – 10 June 2018

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

Sunday 10 June is the third Sunday after Pentecost

1 Samuel 8:4-11. The elders of the people ask Samuel to appoint a king over them so they will be like the other nations.

Psalm 138. The psalm praises God as source of life and protection for the people.

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1. We pick up in the middle of Paul’s extended argument for the validity of his claim to authority among the Christians in Corinth. Here, Paul notes that the kind of suffering and physical challenges he faces are signs precisely of the death of Christ at work in him, that the life of Christ may be made known to them.

Mark 3:20-35. Jesus’ power has become so great (and wild!) that some begin to accuse him of casting out demons by the power of Satan. Even his family come to try to restrain him. Jesus names blasphemy against the Holy Spirit as the only unforgivable sin, and those who do the will of the Father as his mother, brothers, and sisters.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Our Father who is in heaven…  On Monday and Tuesday we focus on praising the Father.  Today: He is “transcendent” (high above all).

Confession: Ephesians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”  This week let the Spirit of God examine your heart against the fruit of the Spirit.  Then, where is a lack, allow the Spirit to fill you with His life and grow His fruit.  Today’s focus: Love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Remember: Pray positively. Remember as you pray to picture the outcome of your prayers.  Visualise God’s response.  What “picture prayers” is He calling you to this week?   Focus: Your family…

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:  Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Our Father who is in heaven…  On Monday and Tuesday we focus on praising the Father.  Today: He is love…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Joy.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: Your friends…

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: On Wednesday and Thursday we focus on praising the Son.  Today: He is the revealer – “whoever has seen me has seen the Father”.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: Peace.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: Your life…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: On Wednesday and Thursday we focus on praising the Son.  Today: He is the one who emptied himself even to die on a cross.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Patience.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus:  Your home/work environment…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me

Friday:

Adoration Focus: On Friday and Saturday we focus on the Holy Spirit: Today: He is our comforter…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Kindness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: Someone outside your normal circle of life…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: On Friday and Saturday we focus on the Holy Spirit: Today: He is God in us!

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Goodness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: Your church…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Today we worship Father, Son and Holy Spirit: Holy, Holy, Holy!

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: faithfulness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: A church not your own…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me