Pentecost

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

Trinity, One and Three!

Daily Rhythm

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.

Pentecost

flames of pentecost

Yearly Rhythm

Sunday 24th May 2015
Day of Pentecost
Year B
Colour: Red

Pentecost marks an end and the beginning – the end of the Easter season and the beginning of ministry in full! The waiting is over and the disciples are filled with power from ‘above’ and there is much to celebrate! Red is the colour of fire!

Daily Rhythm

Making worship part of the everyday

Devotional Diary 18 -24 May 2015

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Readings for this week, with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org: 24 May Pentecost Sunday

Acts 2:1-21. The Holy Spirit falls upon the 120 gathered in a room in Jerusalem, and they proclaim the good news of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the languages of all the people gathered in Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost.

Psalm Response: Psalm 104:24-34, 35 b.  God’s sustenance for all creation.

Romans 8:22-27. All creation has been waiting for us who have the first fruits of the Spirit, the same Spirit who helps us pray when all we have may be sighs and groans.

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15. Jesus teaches what the Spirit will do: teach, reveal truth and falsehood, sin and righteousness, and continue to lead the followers of Jesus into all truth.

This week we are waiting with the disciples: Pentecost is coming!

Monday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord has made His salvation known and revealed His righteousness to the nations.  (Psalm 98:2)

Confession: To forgive is to be forgiven; to be forgiven is to be restored to life.  C.E.Simcox “Living the Creed” This week in our confessions we focus on being restored to life.  You are invited to reflect on any areas in your life that are robbing you of life: anything that you may be holding on to that you need to let go of.  Each day of the week you will be asked to focus on a period of your life, bringing that before God, praying for the gift of being able to forgive and find release.   Today: Your early years.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  “I ask for your prayers for the peace of the world, for the rulers of all the nations…”  (Our intercessions this week are taken from the Methodist Service Book.)

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:  Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. (Psalm 97:1)

Confession: See Monday.  Today: Your School life: Primary school.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for government in accordance with God’s holy will, and for a just and proper use of the natural resources of the world.”

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: Splendour and majesty are before Him; strength and glory are in His sanctuary. (Psalm 96:6)

Confession: See Monday.  Today: Your School life: High School.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for the concerns and activities of your congregation and of your neighbourhood.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. (Psalm 95:6)

Confession: See Monday.  Today: A time when a special relationship went wrong.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for ourselves, our families, friends and neighbours.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge. (Psalm 94:22)

Confession: See Monday.  Today: Your working life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  “I ask for your prayers for all in sorrow, need, anxiety or sickness.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord reigns, He is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty. (Psalm 93:1)

Confession: See Monday.  Today: A time when you were deeply hurt.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for the neglected, the persecuted and the lonely.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: It is good to praise the Lord… to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night. (Psalm 92:2)

Confession: See Monday.  Today: A recent bruising moment.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for those in any need or trouble.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Weekly Rhythm

Joining our stories with the stories of God’s people.

 

Questions and prayers to explore readings:
(Notes in italics are with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org.)

Acts 2:1-21. The Holy Spirit falls upon the 120 gathered in a room in Jerusalem, and they proclaim the good news of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the languages of all the people gathered in Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost.

Why is this event declared in many languages?
Where else in the Bible do we read of flames?
What do flames symbolise?

Prayer (inspired by the events of Acts 2:1-13)

God of wind and flame,
blow into our lives.
Ignite the fire of hope, fan the flames of possibility.
Transform us into a people who share your love with a world in pain,
a people who proclaim your hope into a world given to despair,
a people who live as though the world can be changed
into the kingdom that is to come.

God of Pentecost,
God who speaks with many tongues,
God who makes God-self known in many ways,
fill us with Your Spirit this and every morning,
hear the prayers we share using many different languages,
we pray in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, the one we call Christ, whose life,
death and resurrection show us the path to the Kingdom.

We pray as people of the Spirit,
who lights our fires, who fills our lungs with air,
who blows us out into the world to live and serve.

Amen. (Shortened)

~ written by Rev. Gord Waldie and posted on Worship Offerings.
http://worshipofferings.blogspot.ca/

 

Litany for Pentecost

God, your spirit fell like tongues of fire.
It filled those that were empty,
It empowered those that were weary.
God, your spirit fell like tongues of fire.
It brought together those that were divided,
It reassured those who were afraid.
God, your spirit fell like tongues of fire.
By its power we can walk together as one,
By its power we can find strength to share.
God, your spirit fell like tongues of fire.
By its power we can find freedom in loving each other,
By its power we can find life in you. 

~ part of a longer litany used at the Mustard Seed House.  Posted on Godspace.
http://godspace-msa.com/2009/05/19/a-prayer-for-pentecost/

 

Psalm Response: Psalm 104:24-34, 35 b.  God’s sustenance for all creation.

How do you think God is sustaining this world’s life right now?  Your life?


Romans 8:22-27
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All creation has been waiting for us who have the first fruits of the Spirit, the same Spirit who helps us pray when all we have may be sighs and groans.

How does the Spirit help you pray?

Call to Worship

When we feel alone, when we feel rejected
Come, Holy Spirit, Come!
When we feel drained and dried up, and we can’t give any more,
Come, Holy Spirit, Come!
When we are unsure of how to move or where to go or what to do,
Come, Holy Spirit, Come!
Come, Holy Spirit, revive us, move in us,
and encourage us on the journey of faith.
Come, Holy Spirit, Come! Amen!

~ written by Rev. Mindi, and posted on Rev-o-lution.
http://rev-o-lution.org/2013/05/10/worship-resources-for-may-19th-pentecost/

 

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15. Jesus teaches what the Spirit will do: teach, reveal truth and falsehood, sin and righteousness, and continue to lead the followers of Jesus into all truth.

 

It is said that the Spirit points to Jesus.  How is this shown in this passage?

 

Pentecost Blessing (inspired by John’s Gospel)

May the advocate, God’s Holy Spirit,
sent in Christ’s name,
teach you and remind you of Christ’s words. (Shortened)

~ written by Howard Carter, and posted on How in the World.
http://howard-carter.blogspot.ca/