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The lamb of God

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Devotional Diary 13 – 19 Jan 2020

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

19 January 2020 is the Second Sunday after Epiphany

Isaiah 49:1-7A Servant Song of Isaiah — “I will give you as a light to the nations that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
Psalm 40:1-11
1 Corinthians 1:1-9 (first of 6 Sundays in 1 Corinthians).
Paul’s greeting to the Corinthian community.
John 1:29-42. John the Baptist tells of the baptism of Jesus and points out the “Lamb of God.” They follow him and tell others they have found the Messiah.

This week is our third and final week in our cycle of confessions.  Find this confessional cycle under the Confession focus for each day.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 12:7) O Lord, you will keep us safe and protect us…

Confession: Lord, I have used my tongue as a weapon of destruction.  I have spoken words that break down and do not build up.  I have despised my heart that has not been able to silence my tongue.  Forgive me and fill me with your words and your heart that seeks for the best for all.

The Word: See readings above or use your own reading plan.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week pray for your church community at the start of the year.  Pray for a sense of renewal and refreshing for all the members of your church.

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 found my place of service and that is enough for anyone.” (Albert Schweitzer)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 11:7) For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice…

Confession: Lord, I am part of a people. I am part of a community that fall far short of your Kingdom ideals.  Forgive us I pray and enable us to realise that your Kingdom is among us.  Fill us with your justice, righteousness and peace.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray for your church community at the start of the year.  Pray that those who are fence-sitting may make a decision for Christ that would get them “running the race with determination”!

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “I have found my place of service and that is enough for anyone.” (Albert Schweitzer)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 10:16) The Lord is king forever and ever…

Confession: Lord forgive me when I desire peace but am not prepared to sacrifice and serve in building peace.  Lord help me to follow where you have led and to give myself that others may live in fullness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray for your church community at the start of the year. Pray that those who are paralysed by hurts and rejection may find courage to move towards healing, forgiveness and be freed to live well.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I have found my place of service and that is enough for anyone.” (Albert Schweitzer)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 9:1) I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.

Confession: Lord forgive me when I make your grace a “cheap” commercial product.  Help me to journey below the surface froth and bubble.  Help me to go deeper.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray for your church community at the start of the year. Pray that Christ may be your church’s Alpha and Omega (beginning and end)!

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I have found my place of service and that is enough for anyone.” (Albert Schweitzer)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 8:1) O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is you name in all the earth!

Confession: Lord, I have neglected the gifts you have given me.  Some have atrophied.  Sometimes a lack of confidence has paralysed me, sometimes I have been caught up in struggle, sometimes I have been lazy.  Lord I pray that I may thank you for your gifts that you have given and that I may use them for your glory.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray for your church community at the start of the year.  Pray that God may give your church members a deep realisation of the importance of reaching out in service for Christ.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I have found my place of service and that is enough for anyone.” (Albert Schweitzer)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 7:10) My shield is God most high…

Confession: Lord, forgive me for my sins of neglect.   Those things which I have not done where You have prompted me into action.  When you speak help me to act.  Help me to develop a habit of listening and responding.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray for your church community at the start of the year.  Pray that God may lead your church’s members to be sensitive to people in need; to care and love and not to manipulate as we reach out to them.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I have found my place of service and that is enough for anyone.” (Albert Schweitzer)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 6:9) The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.

Confession: Forgive me Lord, when I have been difficult to live with.  Forgive me when I have not carried my share of the load.  Forgive me when I have accepted unjust roles just because they have prospered my own comfort and interests.  Help me to make space for and to care for others.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray for your church community at the start of the year. Pray that God may touch the hearts of those who will be in the worship services today.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I have found my place of service and that is enough for anyone.” (Albert Schweitzer)

Go and Bless!

 

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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.