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Devotional Diary 26 June – 2 July2017

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

2 July 2017 is the fourth Sunday after Pentecost.

Genesis 22:1-14. The attempted sacrifice of Isaac.
Psalm Response: Psalm 13A Psalm of lament.
Romans 6:12-23. When we are baptized, buried and raised with Christ by water and the Holy Spirit, we are given a new life and a new master. Sin no longer reigns and drives us to death, but God and righteousness rule and lead us to life.
Matthew 10:40-42. Rules for Mission: Expect, look for, and bless those who offer welcome.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 150:1 Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: self-righteousness.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today: Your family or friendship circle.

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 have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 150:2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: false dignity.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today: The schools, scholars  and teachers of your land.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: feeling of being hard-done by.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today:  The Churches that surrounds you: that they may be filled with the power and love of God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 149:1 Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: Unforgiveness

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today:  Your land and its wonderful variety of peoples.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 149:3 Let them (us!) praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: hard heart.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today: Praying for the countries of your continent.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 147:1 Praise the Lord.  How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: boredom.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today:  For all the worship services that take place tomorrow.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 147:7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp.

Confession: Today just spend some time praising God and continuing to give up the barriers that you have focused on during the week.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today:  Pray for the poor and hungry.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

Trinity, One and Three!

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Devotional Diary 5 -11 June 2017

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

11 June 2017 is Trinity Sunday.

 

Readings: Preparing for Trinity Sunday (11 June)

Genesis 1:1-2:4a. The maker of heaven and earth is God-in-community who calls the totality of creation “very good.”

Psalm Response: Psalm 8. A song of wonder to the creator who made all things and gave us a special place in it.

2 Corinthians 13:11-13Paul concludes this letter to the Corinthians by calling for peace and blessing them with the Trinitarian blessing widely known as “the apostolic blessing.”

Matthew 28:16-20The Great Commission of our Lord — as you are going, make disciples — involves baptizing them in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, not only inviting but initiating people who will follow into the Life of the Divine Community.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob! (Psalm 81:1)

Confession: This week we examine our lives using the acts of the sinful nature as we find them in Galatians 5:19-21.  Look up these acts in your bible.  Each day focus on one or two.  Then bring your life to God to be filled with the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) Again you may want to focus on a specific fruit each day.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s continued outpouring of his Holy Spirit upon his world, church and individuals. Today pray that God’s Spirit may be poured out on your land and all its peoples.  That the Spirit of God may bring  unity and creativity.

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. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. BREAK ME, MELT ME, MOULD ME, FILL ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure. (Psalm 71:15)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s continued outpouring of his Holy Spirit upon his world, church and individuals. Today pray that God’s Spirit may be poured out on all your children and the children of your land.  Pray that they may be drawn close to God and his ways.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. BREAK ME, MELT ME, MOULD ME, FILL ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. (Psalm 73:24)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s continued outpouring of his Holy Spirit upon his world, church and individuals. Today pray that God’s Spirit may be poured out on the churches of your land.  That there may be a far-reaching revival that will renew your shared life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. BREAK ME, MELT ME, MOULD ME, FILL ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: But you, O God, are my king from of old; you bring salvation upon the earth. (Psalm 74:12)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s continued outpouring of his Holy Spirit upon his world, church and individuals. Today pray that God’s Spirit may be poured out the neighbourhood where you live.  Pray that we may begin to see the signs of new life all around us.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. BREAK ME, MELT ME, MOULD ME, FILL ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your name is near… (Psalm 75:1)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s continued outpouring of his Holy Spirit upon his world, church and individuals. Today pray that God’s Spirit may be poured out on families.  Pray for a new sense of living together in God’s peace and love.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. BREAK ME, MELT ME, MOULD ME, FILL ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: You are resplendent with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game. (Psalm 76:4)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s continued outpouring of his Holy Spirit upon his world, church and individuals. Today pray that God’s Spirit may be poured out on an individual person that God leads you to pray for.  Lift them up before God and visualise God touching and filling their life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. BREAK ME, MELT ME, MOULD ME, FILL ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Your ways, O God, are holy.  (Psalm 77:13)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s continued outpouring of his Holy Spirit upon his world, church and individuals.  Today pray that God’s Spirit may be poured out on all those who gather for worshp.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. BREAK ME, MELT ME, MOULD ME, FILL ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME.

This is it: God’s plan unfolding!

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Devotional Diary 12 – 18 December 2016

18 December is the fourth Sunday of Advent.

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

Use these reading in The Word step below:

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19. A psalm calling on the shepherd to come and restore us.

Romans 1:1-7. Christ Jesus is the promised one.

Matthew 1:18-25. Joseph comes to accept that his fiancé is pregnant and that this is God’s plan and purpose.

Isaiah 7:10-16. ‘Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will conceive and give birth to a
son,and will call him Immanuel.

Preparing to bow before our Lord: the infant in the manger.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “He is the Lord and He reigns on high.”  (In our adoration focus this week we focus on words that we sing.)

Confession: This Christ Child is our Lord.  “He is Lord, He is Lord.  He has risen from the dead and He is Lord. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”  This week allow God’s Spirit to examine your heart and show you where there is a stubbornness that stops your knee from bowing and your tongue from confessing.  Pray that in your life Jesus may be proclaimed as Lord and King.  Bow before your Lord in a manger.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Pray for all those who know nothing of God’s love for them.  Pray that this Christmas that love may penetrate their hearts.

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: Today be the cloud that leads me by day and the pillar of fire that leads me by night.  I will face you in every moment of this day: You are my Lord and King!

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “To God be the glory great things he has done!”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for a world that needs to share God’s love with each other.   Pray that as we realise that all people are loved by God that we may in turn love each other.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Today be the cloud that leads me by day and the pillar of fire that leads me by night.  I will face you in every moment of this day: You are my Lord and King!

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that God’s saving power may be known in our lives.   The biblical term “to save” carries with it the sense of being made whole.  Pray that you may know this wholeness in your life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today be the cloud that leads me by day and the pillar of fire that leads me by night.  I will face you in every moment of this day: You are my Lord and King!

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “He is the King of kings, he is the Lord of lords.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for our world as we embrace the coming of the Prince of Peace.  Being aware of your world, pray God’s peace into any situation you are led to.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today be the cloud that leads me by day and the pillar of fire that leads me by night.  I will face you in every moment of this day: You are my Lord and King!

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “He has risen from the dead and He is Lord.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that on this day we may all know that Jesus in with us.  Pray this particularly for those who are in grief and alone at this time.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today be the cloud that leads me by day and the pillar of fire that leads me by night.  I will face you in every moment of this day: You are my Lord and King!

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “Jesus is the Lord, my Master and my Saviour.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for those whom the church sometimes chooses to “forget”.  Pray for the shut-ins, the poor, the homeless, the hungry, the powerless, the lost.  Thank God that he never forgets.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today be the cloud that leads me by day and the pillar of fire that leads me by night.  I will face you in every moment of this day: You are my Lord and King!

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “Lift Jesus higher, lift Jesus higher, life him up for the world to see: He said, “If I am lifted up, I will draw all men unto me.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that this day of rest may be one in which we are empowered by the God who has come to us.   In what way would you pray for this empowering in you life?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today be the cloud that leads me by day and the pillar of fire that leads me by night.  I will face you in every moment of this day: You are my Lord and King!