Pentecost

Like a child…

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Devotional Diary 17 – 23 September 2018

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

Sunday 23 September is the eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Proverbs 31:10-31. In praise of the “model” married woman, rooted in God, faithful and competent as the manager of the household.

Psalm 1.  A celebration of a way of life rooted in God and fed by the “streams of water” through prayer and meditation on the word of God.

James 3:13—4:3, 7-8a. Those who live from the wisdom from above live in peace — responding graciously toward others, resisting the selfish willfulness of the flesh, and drawing near to God.

Mark 9:30-37. Jesus teaches his disciples a second time that he will face betrayal, execution, and resurrection. For the second time as well, the disciples demonstrate they do not understand his teaching. They continue to argue about who is the greatest. Jesus places a child already in their midst at the centre of their attention to remind them that whoever welcomes such a child welcomes Jesus and the One who sent him.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today.  Suggestion: Your ability to plan and vision.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration.  Today’s focus: thankfulness.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.  Today we pray for those who share in the youth ministry and children’s church (also teachers and schools).

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, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today. Suggestion: That we are surrounded by mystery.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration. Today’s focus: Seeing the simple blessing of life.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.  Today we pray for all those involved in a specific serving ministry.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today.  Suggestion: The people you will meet today.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration. Today’s focus:  Seeing God’s hand in the awesomeness of life.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.  Today we pray for small groups within church life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today. Suggestion: For art and song.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration. Today’s focus:  Seeing common things through new eyes of delight.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.   Today we pray for your women’s groups.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today. Suggestion: For flowers and colours.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration. Today’s focus: Taking nothing for granted.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.  Today we pray for all those who are called to give in special ways.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today.  Suggestion: For warmth and food.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration. Today’s focus: Living with a sense of gift and grace.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.  Today we pray for any individual that you are led to pray for.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: We have so much to celebrate: Give God thanks for one reason for celebration today.  Suggestion:  For God and love.

Confession: This week each day list some things that stop you from really celebrating God’s greatness.  Remember, these things are robbing you of living life in abundance.  Bring them before God and pray that he may open the floodgates of celebration. Today’s focus:  Hearts that worship with abandon.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we pray that the spirit of celebration may touch a new area of our shared lives.  Today we pray for your church’s worship services.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Dear Lord, each day enable me to know a moment of real celebration.

The wild work of God!

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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

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.