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Pentecost 3 – Life Bringers

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We are heading for the Third Sunday after Pentecost (Ordinary Time).  How does the Christ Story shape our lives both individually and communally?   This week our calling is to be life bringers.

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Devotional Diary 39 May – 5 June 2016

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

1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24).  Elijah is directed to live in Sidon and to be fed by a widow in Zarephath. When her son dies, Elijah prays for him to be restored.

Psalm Response: Psalm 146.  “The Lord watches over the sojourners, and upholds the widow and the orphan.”

Galatians 1:11-24.  Paul reminds the Christians in Galatia that the gospel he shared with them was truly from Jesus, and not based on the opinions of others.

Luke 7:11-17. Jesus raises the dead son of a widow of Nain.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: 1 John 1:5: “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we have looked at suffering through hardened eyes. Give us your eyes of love.

The Word:  See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Lord, we pray for all who have crossed boundaries to go out in mission in the name of Christ.  We pray that we may learn from their courage and sense of mission.

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:  O Christ, the Master Carpenter who at the last, through wood and nails, purchased our whole salvation, wield well your tools in the workshop of your world, so that we, who come rough-hewn to your bench, may here be fashioned to a truer beauty by your hand.  We ask it for your name’s sake.  (Source unknown)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: 1 John 2:2: “He (Jesus Christ) is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we have looked at the poor through hardened eyes. Give us your eyes of love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Lord, we pray for all who have crossed boundaries and reached out to people different from themselves.  We pray that we may learn from their compassion and care.

Dedication: O Christ, the Master Carpenter who at the last, through wood and nails, purchased our whole salvation, wield well your tools in the workshop of your world, so that we, who come rough-hewn to your bench, may here be fashioned to a truer beauty by your hand.  We ask it for your name’s sake.  (Source unknown)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: 1 John 3:1: “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we have looked at our neighbour through hardened eyes. Give us your eyes of love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for all who have crossed boundaries and shared their faith and witnessed in difficult circumstances.  We pray that we may learn from their conviction and calling.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O Christ, the Master Carpenter who at the last, through wood and nails, purchased our whole salvation, wield well your tools in the workshop of your world, so that we, who come rough-hewn to your bench, may here be fashioned to a truer beauty by your hand.  We ask it for your name’s sake.  (Source unknown)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: 1 John 3:16: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.”

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we have looked at those close to us through hardened eyes. Give us your eyes of love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for all who have crossed boundaries and cared for the poor and those lacking resources.  We pray that we may learn from their concern and generosity.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O Christ, the Master Carpenter who at the last, through wood and nails, purchased our whole salvation, wield well your tools in the workshop of your world, so that we, who come rough-hewn to your bench, may here be fashioned to a truer beauty by your hand.  We ask it for your name’s sake.  (Source unknown)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: 1 John 4:8: “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we have looked at those of other races through hardened eyes. Give us your eyes of love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for those who have crossed boundaries and have cared for and loved those of another generation.  We pray that we may learn from their empathy.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O Christ, the Master Carpenter who at the last, through wood and nails, purchased our whole salvation, wield well your tools in the workshop of your world, so that we, who come rough-hewn to your bench, may here be fashioned to a truer beauty by your hand.  We ask it for your name’s sake.  (Source unknown)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: 1 John 5:11: “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we have looked at the young through hardened eyes. Give us your eyes of love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for those who have crossed boundaries and have learnt to give with a generous spirit.  Pray that we may learn from their sense of self-sacrifice.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O Christ, the Master Carpenter who at the last, through wood and nails, purchased our whole salvation, wield well your tools in the workshop of your world, so that we, who come rough-hewn to your bench, may here be fashioned to a truer beauty by your hand.  We ask it for your name’s sake.  (Source unknown)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: 2 John 3: “Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.”

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we have looked at ourselves through hardened eyes. Give us your eyes of love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  We pray for all who have crossed boundaries and learnt to worship God.  Pray that we may learn from their ability to look beyond themselves to see the greatness of God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O Christ, the Master Carpenter who at the last, through wood and nails, purchased our whole salvation, wield well your tools in the workshop of your world, so that we, who come rough-hewn to your bench, may here be fashioned to a truer beauty by your hand.  We ask it for your name’s sake.  (Source unknown)

Waiting… Pentecost!

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Seasonal Rhythm

Preparing for Pentecost: This is a week full of life giving tension.  We have been commissioned (Ascension Day), the Lord has been given all authority, we can’t wait and yet we are called to wait, to wait until we are clothed with power…Come Holy Ghost our hearts inspire!

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Devotional Diary 9 – 15 May 2016

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

Acts 2:1-21.  The Holy Spirit empowers disciples to make a bold public witness for Jesus at the feast of Pentecost. Pilgrims from every nation where Judaism had spread hear the proclamation of the ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus in their own language.

Psalm Response: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b.  Praise to God for the vast variety of all creatures, a parallel of praise for people of all nations who are re-gathered in Christ at Pentecost.

Romans 8:14-17. The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirits that we are free, adopted as God’s own children, and heirs of God’s promises as we suffer with Christ as his body.

John 14:8-17 (25-27).  Through the coming of the Holy Spirit, disciples of Jesus will continue the works of Jesus and even greater works than these.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 24:1) The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it…

Confession: (This week we continue with the repeat of our 21 day cycle of confessions) 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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week we lift up the work of the Bible Society.   Today we pray that all who read the scriptures may have a life-giving encounter with the risen Christ.

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:  Now I love You alone.  You alone do I follow.  You alone do I seek.  You alone am I ready to serve.  For You alone rule justly. Under Your influence I long to be.  (Saint Augustine)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 23:1) The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Much of the world’s population cannot read.  Pray for the audio materials produced by the Bible society aimed at reaching these people, pray that this ministry may bear much fruit for the Kingdom of God. Pray that God’s Word may reach all who are hungry for life and hope.

Dedication: Now I love You alone.  You alone do I follow.  You alone do I seek.  You alone am I ready to serve.  For You alone rule justly. Under Your influence I long to be.  (Saint Augustine)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 22:28) …for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.

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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  We continue to pray for the work of the Bible Society.  Pray for those countries in which the work of Bible distribution is made difficult and even opposed.  Pray for the Bible workers who are often intimidated.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Now I love You alone.  You alone do I follow.  You alone do I seek.  You alone am I ready to serve.  For You alone rule justly. Under Your influence I long to be.  (Saint Augustine)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 19:1) The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  Pray for the required financial support that makes Bible distribution possible.  Pray that Christians may have generous hearts to help sow the Word of God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Now I love You alone.  You alone do I follow.  You alone do I seek.  You alone am I ready to serve.  For You alone rule justly. Under Your influence I long to be.  (Saint Augustine)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 18:46) The Lord lives!  Praise be to my Rock!  Exalted be God my Savior!

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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for the Bible Societies work among children and young people.  Pray for their publications that are aimed at young people.  Remember that many Christians make their commitment to Christ during this phase of life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Now I love You alone.  You alone do I follow.  You alone do I seek.  You alone am I ready to serve.  For You alone rule justly. Under Your influence I long to be.  (Saint Augustine)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 16:11) You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Confession: Lord I am so self-focused 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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Bible Society publishes special selections of scripture focussing on issues such the abuse of alcohol and the issue of suicide.  Pray that the scriptures will speak powerfully into these issues.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Now I love You alone.  You alone do I follow.  You alone do I seek.  You alone am I ready to serve.  For You alone rule justly. Under Your influence I long to be.  (Saint Augustine)

Sunday: 

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 13:6) I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.

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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that we may have a deep appreciation for the Word of God as it comes to us through the scriptures.  Pray that we may be open, receptive and responsive.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Now I love You alone.  You alone do I follow.  You alone do I seek.  You alone am I ready to serve.  For You alone rule justly. Under Your influence I long to be.  (Saint Augustine)

Repent!

Yearly Rhythm

It is Lent and we are following Christ on his journey into Jerusalem.  What needs to die with Christ on the cross?

Weekly Rhythm

I again offer you the Jesuit prayer of examen.  Practice it again this week, or if your did not use it two weeks back make time this week for an examination of your life.  This is part of your Lenten Journey.

There are five steps:

  1. Recalling we are in the presence of God
  2. Looking over the events of the day with gratitude for the day’s gifts
  3. Inviting the Holy Spirit to help us evaluate our actions and attitudes with honesty and patience
  4. Reviewing the day making yourself aware of where Christ assisted your decisions and where you should have paused to receive his instruction
  5. A heart to heart talk with Jesus, sharing your thoughts on your actions, attitudes, feelings and interactions.

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 Devotional Diary 22 -28 February 2016

Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org Sunday 28 February 2016 Third Sunday of Lent

Isaiah 55:1-9. A prophetic song in which God promises mercy, pardon, and abundant provision to those who repent and trust in God.

Psalm 63:1-8.  A Psalm of trust. “My soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you … my soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, my mouth praises you with joyful lips.” This psalm enables the congregation to sing and pray with deep physicality in response to the offer of abundant provision for all who will repent and trust in God.

1 Corinthians 10:1-13.  The pattern of the baptized life is to be one of continual repentance, trusting that God will not test us beyond our strength.

Luke 13:1-9. Time is available for repentance and response — the fig tree and the gardener.

This week: Our adoration focus reflects on Psalm 8.  We continue with our 21-day cycle of confession.  In our shared prayer focus we pray for people we know who are involved in certain professions and work. 

Monday:

Adoration Focus: O Lord, our Lord, your greatness is seen in all the world!  (Psalm 8:1)

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: Use readings above or your own devotional aids.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is in the police force.

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:  “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: O Lord, our Lord…Your praise reaches up to the heavens… (Psalm 8:1)

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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is in the government.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: When I look at the sky, which you have made… what is man that you think of him?  (Psalm 8:3+4)

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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is involved in children’s work.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: When I look at the… moon and stars, which you set in their places – what is… mere man that you care for him? (Psalm 8:3+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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is involved in adult education.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: What is man… Yet you made him inferior only to yourself… (Psalm 8:4+5)

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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is in the healing profession.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: What is man… you crowned him with glory and honour. You appointed him ruler over everything you made…(Psalm 8:4,5+6)

Confession: Lord I am so self-focused 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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is involved in the farming industry.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: O Lord, our Lord, your greatness is seen in all the world! (Psalm 8:9)

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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  Pray for someone you know who is in the ordained ministry.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.