Revised Common Lectionary

The other side…

Daily Rhythm

 Devotional Diary 29 April – 5 May 2019

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

This is still the Easter Season!

Acts 9:1-20.  Jesus confronts Saul to force him to recognize his self-inflicted spiritual blindness and opens a path for him to experience healing.

Psalm response: Psalm 30.  A psalm of sufferers seeking healing, responding both to the suffering Saul had caused and was now experiencing.

Revelation 5:11-14In praise and worship, we join our voices with the heavenly throng to bless God with all we have and are.

John 21:1-22.   Jesus challenges disciples to cast their nets on the “wrong” side of the boat, then challenges Peter’s love for him and calls him to “feed my sheep.”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. (Psalm 105:3)

Confession: This week we focus on the words that we speak.  Our pray is that our words may express the love and care that God has for this world.  Today: Lord forgive us when we are reluctant to say, “Sorry.”   Help us to say “Sorry” where our words have build up walls that isolate.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for the gift of God’s guidance for someone who is loosing 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, don’t let me think I can cope by myself and won’t need you. (John Donne)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. (Psalm 104:24)

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: Lord forgive us when we are reluctant to express gratitude.  Lord lift up a situation in our lives where we need to express our thanks.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

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

Dedication: Lord, don’t let me think I can cope by myself and won’t need you. (John Donne)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Praise the Lord… who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed life the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:5)

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: Lord, forgive us when we are slow to speak words of encouragement. Pray that God would guide you in encouraging someone who you will encounter today.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for the area where you live, that God’s life and love may continue to bring the gift of transformation to all its peoples.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, don’t let me think I can cope by myself and won’t need you. (John Donne)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: But you, O Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generation. (Psalm 102:12)

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: Lord forgive us when we have spoken words that hurt.  Pray that today your words may bring healing and wholeness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

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

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, don’t let me think I can cope by myself and won’t need you. (John Donne)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will sing praise. (Psalm 101:1)

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today:  Lord, forgive us when our words have encouraged prejudice.  Lord, help us to speak words that enable others to see the best in their fellow human beings.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

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

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, don’t let me think I can cope by myself and won’t need you. (John Donne)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. (Psalm 100:3)

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today:  Lord forgive us when our words have been too many and we have not listened to the words of others.  Pray that today God may enable you to listen carefully to what others are saying.

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, don’t let me think I can cope by myself and won’t need you. (John Donne)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. (Psalm 99:1)

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: Lord forgive us when we are slow to praise your holy name.  Today, Lord, give us a vision of your glory and enable us to open our mouths and hearts in praise.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  Pray that we may catch the vision that God has for us.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, don’t let me think I can cope by myself and won’t need you. (John Donne)

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!

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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)