Revised Common Lectionary

Living within the Trinity

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Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 28 May – 3 June 2018

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

Sunday 3 June is the second Sunday after Pentecost

1 Samuel 3:1-20. The Lord calls Samuel and he is recognised as a prophet in all Israel.

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18. God sees all things, he created us wondrously and is always with us.

2 Corinthians 4:5-12. It’s all about God, his light, his glory, his life at work in us.

Mark 2:23-3:6. What is the purpose of the Law? Is it for us or against us?

Monday:

Adoration Focus: This week we focus on the mystery and wonder of our Trinitarian God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God is community filled with wonderful passion. Each day identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God.   Then praise God that He is this kind of God. Focus for today: vulnerability in loving.

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of?  Identify Godly passions in the life of Jesus.  Pray that God may fill your life with these. Focus for today: allowing vulnerability in loving.

The Word: See reading above or use your own devotional help.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: The Trinity holds this world in an embrace of deep passion.  If you were to share in this embrace how would that direct your prayers for this world?  Today focus on: people with faiths different from your own.

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, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: This week we focus on the mystery and wonder of our Trinitarian God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God is community filled with wonderful passion. Each day identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God.   Then praise God that He is this kind of God. Focus for today: dance, joy and celebration.

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of?  Identify Godly passions in the life of Jesus.  Pray that God may fill your life with these. Focus for today: joy and celebration.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Trinity holds this world in an embrace of deep passion.  If you were to share in this embrace how would that direct your prayers for this world?  Today focus on: young people.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: This week we focus on the mystery and wonder of our Trinitarian God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God is community filled with wonderful passion. Each day identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God.   Then praise God that He is this kind of God. Focus for today: giving focussed attention.

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of?  Identify Godly passions in the life of Jesus.  Pray that God may fill your life with these. Focus for today: caring listening…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Trinity holds this world in an embrace of deep passion.  If you were to share in this embrace how would that direct your prayers for this world?  Today focus on: the elderly.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: This week we focus on the mystery and wonder of our Trinitarian God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God is community filled with wonderful passion. Each day identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God.   Then praise God that He is this kind of God. Focus for today: perfect co-operation..

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of? Identify Godly passions in the life of Jesus.  Pray that God may fill your life with these. Focus for today: willing co-operative spirit.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Trinity holds this world in an embrace of deep passion.  If you were to share in this embrace how would that direct your prayers for this world?  Today focus on: those journeying to or from work.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: This week we focus on the mystery and wonder of our Trinitarian God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God is community filled with wonderful passion. Each day identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God.   Then praise God that He is this kind of God. Focus for today: costly sacrifice and humility

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of? Identify Godly passions in the life of Jesus.  Pray that God may fill your life with these. Focus for today: spirit of sacrifice and humility.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Trinity holds this world in an embrace of deep passion.  If you were to share in this embrace how would that direct your prayers for this world?  Today focus on: the unemployed.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: This week we focus on the mystery and wonder of our Trinitarian God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God is community filled with wonderful passion. Each day identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God.   Then praise God that He is this kind of God. Focus for today: awesome creativity

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of? Identify Godly passions in the life of Jesus.  Pray that God may fill your life with these. Focus for today: passion for creativity

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Trinity holds this world in an embrace of deep passion.  If you were to share in this embrace how would that direct your prayers for this world?  Today focus on: those facing failure.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: This week we focus on the mystery and wonder of our Trinitarian God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God is community filled with wonderful passion. Each day identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God.   Then praise God that He is this kind of God. Focus for today: worship, praise and giving honour.

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of?  Identify Godly passions in the life of Jesus.  Pray that God may fill your life with these. Focus for today: praise, worship and adoration.

The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Trinity holds this world in an embrace of deep passion.  If you were to share in this embrace how would that direct your prayers for this world?  Today focus on: communities gathering for worship.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

Trinity – Three in one!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 21 – 27 May 2018

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

Sunday 27 May 2018 is Trinity Sunday

Isaiah 6:1-8.  The temple furnishings come suddenly alive for Isaiah as he experiences the realities behind the symbols, living cherubim ascribing triple holiness to “Lord God of Hosts.” In that encounter, he hears himself claimed and called by the Holy, Holy, Holy One.

Psalm Response: Psalm 29. In a polytheistic world, this Hebrew temple song proclaimed that YHWH rules over all other gods in the heavens and on earth.

Romans 8:12-17.  If we have received the Spirit of God, we can and should live from the power of the Spirit, even — and especially — in the face of suffering.

John 3:1-17.  Jesus uses two different metaphors to help Nicodemus understand life in the kingdom of God — being born again by the Spirit and the story of the serpent in the wilderness.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the almighty. (Psalm 91:1)

Confession: Psalm 139:23, 24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  Use these verses to open the door of your heart to God’s searching and life-giving Spirit.  Repeat them each day allowing God to go deeper into your soul, remember he comes not to condemn but to save.  Today: Search my motives

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray this prayer each day.  Pray the prayer for yourself, for your church, for the churches surrounding you and for the church universal.  We need the Lord to place this desire to pray deep within our lives and the church.  Here is the prayer:  “Lord, help me to pray: to desire to pray, to delight to pray.  Make all my praying joyful with faith, joyful with hope, joyful with love, joyful with your own Spirit pleading with me, urgent with His (i.e. the Spirit’s) yearning behind my inattention, wise with His wisdom behind my dim-sightedness, burning with His fire behind my luke-warmth.  Joyful in the fellowship of the prayers of the saints and of your whole church, above, below; through Him who in heaven makes intercession continually, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Author unknown)

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 have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ. 

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. (Psalm 90:1)

Confession: See Monday’s focus. Today: Search my passions.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. (Psalm 89:1)

Confession: See Monday’s focus. Today: Search my actions.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: As they make music they will sing, “All my fountains are in you.” (Psalm 87:7)

Confession: See Monday’s focus. Today: Search my habits.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. (Psalm 86:5)

Confession: See Monday’s focus. Today: Search my use of abilities, talents and gifts.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! (Psalm 84:1)

Confession: See Monday’s focus. Today: Search my devotion.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: …you alone are the Most High over all the earth. (Psalm 83:18)

Confession: See Monday’s focus.  Today: Search my heart of worship.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ.

Pentecost

 

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 14 – 20 May 2018

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

Sunday 20 May 2018 is Pentecost Sunday

Acts 2:1-21. The Holy Spirit falls upon the 120 gathered in a room in Jerusalem, and they proclaim the good news of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the languages of all the people gathered in Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost.

Psalm Response: Psalm 104:24-34, 35 b.  God’s sustenance for all creation.

Romans 8:22-27. All creation has been waiting for us who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, the same Spirit who helps us pray when all we have may be sighs and groans.

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15. Jesus teaches what the Spirit will do: teach, reveal truth and falsehood, sin and righteousness, and continue to lead the followers of Jesus into all truth.

At this time we are waiting with the disciples: Pentecost is coming!

Monday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord has made His salvation known and revealed His righteousness to the nations.  (Psalm 98:2)

Confession: To forgive is to be forgiven; to be forgiven is to be restored to life.  C.E.Simcox “Living the Creed” This week in our confessions we focus on being restored to life.  You are invited to reflect on any areas in your life that are robbing you of life: anything that you may be holding on to that you need to let go of.  Each day of the week you will be asked to focus on a period of your life and bringing that before God praying for the gift of being able to forgive and finding release.   Today: Your early years.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  “I ask for your prayers for the peace of the world, for the rulers of all the nations…”  (Our intercessions this week are taken from the Methodist Service Book.)

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:  Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. (Psalm 97:1)

Confession: See Monday.  Today: Your School life: Primary school.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: ”I ask for your prayers for government in accordance with God’s holy will, and for a just and proper use of the natural resources of the world.”

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Splendour and majesty are before Him; strength and glory are in His sanctuary. (Psalm 96:6)

Confession: See Monday.  Today: Your School life: High School.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for the concerns and activities of your congregation and of your neighbourhood.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. (Psalm 95:6)

Confession: See Monday.  Today: A time when a special relationship went wrong.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for ourselves, our families, friends and neighbours.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge. (Psalm 94:22)

Confession: See Monday.  Today: Your working life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  “I ask for your prayers for all in sorrow, need, anxiety or sickness.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord reigns, He is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty. (Psalm 93:1)

Confession: See Monday.  Today: A time when you were deeply hurt.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for the neglected, the persecuted and the lonely.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: It is good to praise the Lord… to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night. (Psalm 92:2)

Confession: See Monday.  Today: A recent bruising moment.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for those in any need or trouble.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.