Daily Devotional Diary

The wild work of God!

Daily Rhythm

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

Free to change

 

Yearly Rhythm

Sunday 15 April,
The Third Sunday of Easter,
Year B,
Colour: White

“The empty tomb is not the important event of Easter, the living presence of God in the resurrected Jesus is. It wasn’t the the empty tomb that transformed the disciples and the women who followed him, it was Jesus appearing to them, eating with them, interpreting the scriptures for them. They met the risen Christ in the 50 days after Easter and it changed their lives so that they went out not just talking about the things Jesus did, but living them.”

Christine Sine

Daily Rhythm

Making worship part of the everyday

Devotional Diary   9 – 15 April 

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

Acts 3:12-19. After a lame beggar is cured by the power of the Risen Lord through Peter and John, Peter invites the wondering crowd to repent and follow Jesus. Five thousand of them do!

Psalm 4. Thanks to God for vindication and rebuke/teaching to those who criticize or disgrace.

1 John 3:1-7.  We are God’s children now as we abide in Jesus. Abiding in Jesus enables us to live more and more without sin. Repentance is no one-time act, but a lifelong commitment to abide in Jesus. That is why we continue to purify ourselves that we may be like him when he appears.

Luke 24:36b-48. After his appearance to two dispirited disciples heading toward Emmaus, Jesus tells the rest of those gathered at another meal to proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sins in his name.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect love of God.

Confession: This week in your confessions reflect on what lines God is calling you to cross in order to live out resurrection in Jesus Christ.   Possible focus for today:  Rediscover the joy of prayer…

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Today pray for a friend.

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: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect mind of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Possible focus for today: Receiving God’s word through scripture.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for a neighbour.

Personal Prayers:

            Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect power of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today: Seeing all people as sacred…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone you have difficulty getting on with.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect grace (undeserved love and merit) of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today:  Finding new joy in living.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone who is ill.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect plan, purpose and future we have in God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today: Living with a sense of conversation with God.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone who is far away from you.

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect justice and righteousness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today: Optimism and expectation…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone who is facing a challenge.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect holiness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today:  Worshipping with all your heart, soul, mind and strength…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone who worships with you.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

 

On a mission!

 

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 12 -18 June 2017

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

18 June 2017 is the Second Sunday after Pentecost.

Readings for the week ending 18 June

Genesis 18: 1-15.  A son is promised to Abraham and Sarah laughs

Psalm 116: 1-2, 12-19. The Lord always listens.

Romans 5: 1-8. God shows us how much He loves us

Matthew 9: 35 – 10:8. Jesus instructs his disciples as he sends them out on mission.

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 an