Lectionary Readings

What’s in the heart comes out the heart!

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Devotional Diary 14 – 20 August 2017

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

20 August 2017 is the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Genesis 45:1-15.  The other “bookend” of the Joseph story—Joseph, now second in command in Egypt, reveals his identity to his brothers and promises to provide land, food, and protection for the family during the famine and beyond.

Psalm 133.The blessing of living together in unity—a fitting response to the Genesis reading for today.

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32. Paul concludes his excursus on the theological connection between God’s covenant with Israel and the Jewish-Gentile church with a strong affirmation of Israel’s place in God’s saving intent toward the whole world. All—Jew and Gentile—receive salvation by God’s mercy and grace, not by merit. God’s calling and gifts cannot be called back. Israel’s place is permanently secure while Gentiles are like grafts of a wild olive tree into a domesticated olive tree.

Matthew 15:10-28. Jesus tells the crowd that it is what comes out of the heart that pollutes us. Then Jesus discovers great faith coming from a foreigner (the Canaanite woman) who won’t take “no” for an answer.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. (Psalm 105:3)

Confession: In what areas am I envious?  Does this envy “drive” my life in any areas?  How does this indicate restlessness within my own spirit?  How can my relationship with God help me with my envy?

The Word: Use the Lectionary readings above or any other Scripture reading plan you are following.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Spend a few moments thinking of the many resources that God has placed in and on this earth to sustain and enhance our lives.  Focus on how we as humanity are using these resources and how God would lead us and guide us into good stewardship and a healthy sustainable way of living.  Pray for this vision of life.

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:  “So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (from “Rule for a new brother”)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. (Psalm 104:24)

Confession: Does a seething anger just wait to rise up within my heart?   Do I find that I am quite controlled until I unexpectedly burst out in a rage?  Do I drive my car aggressively?  Ask God to allow you to acknowledge your anger and release its hold over your life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Lord, help us to use the resources that you have given us responsibly and in ways that reflect your Kingdom and rule. Today focus on what the use of these resources should express: Care, love, nurture, creativity….  Rather than possession, selfishness, control, power and domination.   Pray that our world’s values may be renewed.

Dedication: “So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (from “Rule for a new brother”)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Praise the Lord… who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:5)

Confession: In the face of crying needs we often choose not to notice or even deliberately ignore them.  Ask God to open your heart to his call to serve.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We focus on the resources of this earth.  Water, land, minerals, fuel, forests, etc.  In our short –sightedness and greed we have caused much damage and suffering.  Lord, help us, each one, to take the call to conserve and to be responsible to heart

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (from “Rule for a new brother”)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: But you, O Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generation. (Psalm 102:12)

Confession: Lord, make me aware of the pride in my life.  Pride that keeps me aloof and apart; pride that is rooted in insecurity and a need to prove myself; pride that makes me humiliate other human beings.  Lord, help me to make myself vulnerable and to serve rather than be served.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We focus on the resource of money.  Lord, our use of money reflects our priorities.  Help us to place this important area under your direction, and to seek your Kingdom first in this area also.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (from “Rule for a new brother”)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will sing praise. (Psalm 101:1)

Confession: Lord, forgive me for alienated myself from this world that you love.  Help me to reach out in love and care.  Help me to make a difference.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Lord, you have made vast spiritual resources available to us.   You have given us all we need to live a full life of love.  Enable us to open up your gifts and to share these with each other.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (from “Rule for a new brother”)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. (Psalm 100:3)

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I invest huge resources for my own entertainment but will be resentful about a minor offering to alleviate another’s deep suffering.  Lord God, I pray for a generous heart.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for guidance as to how you would have us use the resources of gifts and abilities you have placed within us.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (from “Rule for a new brother”)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. (Psalm 99:1)

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I give all for my own ambitions and loose your call to share in love in important relationships in my life.  Help me to count the cost of loving and discover new joy in giving.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we bring the resource of time before you, O God.  Help us to use time wisely.  We thank you for this gift.  May our use of it reflect your love, your order, and your priorities.  Release us from all that “drives” our time in inappropriate ways.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (from “Rule for a new brother”)

On a mission!

 

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Devotional Diary 12 -18 June 2017

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

18 June 2017 is the Second Sunday after Pentecost.

Readings for the week ending 18 June

Genesis 18: 1-15.  A son is promised to Abraham and Sarah laughs

Psalm 116: 1-2, 12-19. The Lord always listens.

Romans 5: 1-8. God shows us how much He loves us

Matthew 9: 35 – 10:8. Jesus instructs his disciples as he sends them out on mission.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: This week we focus on the mystery and wonder of our Trinitarian God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God is community filled with wonderful passion. Each day identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God. Then praise God that He is this kind of God. Focus for today: vulnerability in loving.

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of?  Identify Godly passions in the life of Jesus.  Pray that God may fill your life with these. Focus for today: allowing vulnerability in loving.

The Word: See reading above or use your own devotional help.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: The Trinity holds this world in an embrace of deep passion.  If you were to share in this embrace how would that direct your prayers for this world?  Today focus on: people with faiths different from your own.

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: Lord, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: This week we focus on the mystery and wonder of our Trinitarian God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God is community filled with wonderful passion. Each day identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God. Then praise God that He is this kind of God. Focus for today: dance, joy and celebration.

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of?  Identify Godly passions in the life of Jesus.  Pray that God may fill your life with these. Focus for today: joy and celebration.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Trinity holds this world in an embrace of deep passion.  If you were to share in this embrace how would that direct your prayers for this world?  Today focus on: young people.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: This week we focus on the mystery and wonder of our Trinitarian God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God is community filled with wonderful passion. Each day identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God. Then praise God that He is this kind of God. Focus for today: giving focussed attention.

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of?  Identify Godly passions in the life of Jesus.  Pray that God may fill your life with these. Focus for today: caring listening…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Trinity holds this world in an embrace of deep passion.  If you were to share in this embrace how would that direct your prayers for this world?  Today focus on: the elderly.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: This week we focus on the mystery and wonder of our Trinitarian God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God is community filled with wonderful passion. Each day identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God. Then praise God that He is this kind of God. Focus for today: perfect co-operation.

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of? Identify Godly passions in the life of Jesus.  Pray that God may fill your life with these. Focus for today: willing co-operative spirit.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Trinity holds this world in an embrace of deep passion.  If you were to share in this embrace how would that direct your prayers for this world?  Today focus on: those journeying to or from work.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: This week we focus on the mystery and wonder of our Trinitarian God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God is community filled with wonderful passion. Each day identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God. Then praise God that He is this kind of God. Focus for today: costly sacrifice and humility.

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of? Identify Godly passions in the life of Jesus.  Pray that God may fill your life with these. Focus for today: spirit of sacrifice and humility.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Trinity holds this world in an embrace of deep passion.  If you were to share in this embrace how would that direct your prayers for this world?  Today focus on: the unemployed.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: This week we focus on the mystery and wonder of our Trinitarian God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God is community filled with wonderful passion. Each day identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God.   Then praise God that He is this kind of God. Focus for today: awesome creativity.

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of? Identify Godly passions in the life of Jesus.  Pray that God may fill your life with these. Focus for today: passion for creativity.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Trinity holds this world in an embrace of deep passion.  If you were to share in this embrace how would that direct your prayers for this world?  Today focus on: those facing failure.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: This week we focus on the mystery and wonder of our Trinitarian God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God is community filled with wonderful passion. Each day identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God. Then praise God that He is this kind of God. Focus for today: worship, praise and giving honour.

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of?  Identify Godly passions in the life of Jesus.  Pray that God may fill your life with these. Focus for today: praise, worship and adoration.

The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Trinity holds this world in an embrace of deep passion.  If you were to share in this embrace how would that direct your prayers for this world?  Today focus on: communities gathering for worship.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world an

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!