Lectionary Readings

She gives all!

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Devotional Diary 5 – 11 November 2018

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

Sunday 11 November is the twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 Naomi guides Ruth through the customs of Hebrew culture to enable her legitimately to find a husband, home, and children. In this way, Ruth becomes the great grandmother of Israel’s future king, David.
Psalm Response: Psalm 127.  Verses 1-2 focus on the emptiness of life without trust in God’s presence and provision. Verses 3-5 speak of the blessing of having children. The theme that binds these two together is the term “house” in verse 1, taken figuratively in the second part to refer to a “household.”
Hebrews 9:24-28.  Unlike the Aaronic priest who enters annually into the Holy of Holies with the blood of a bull and a goat to make ritual atonement, through the incarnation and his life of intercession and obedience even unto death, Jesus Christ entered into heaven itself, offering himself once for all to remove sin, not merely “cover” it (the word usually translated “atonement” in Hebrew means “cover”). At the judgment, Christ will acquit those who have eagerly waited for him.
Mark 12:38-44.  The story of the “widow’s mite” comes immediately after warnings by Jesus about the “home-devouring” practices of the scribes who were expected to use the temple treasury funds to support widows and orphans but used it to support their own lavish lifestyles instead. That is why the widow has only a penny to give, but also why she gives it all — that perhaps others might still be helped, even if meagerly, by what she can offer. Her situation is also a sign of the corruption of this present age and the need for the arrival of the age to come.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a miracle that will lead you into praising God.  Today: Sun shine, light of the world.

Confession: What barriers are preventing you from serving God in this world? Each day bring your life to God asking to be set free so that you can respond to his call on your life.  Today’s focus being set free from: Blaming others.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom.  Today’s focus: Children.

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)

Transforming Verse:  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a miracle that will lead you into praising God. Today: New growth, discovery.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: being set free from: Prejudice.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Students

Personal Prayers:

Transforming Verse:  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a miracle that will lead you into praising God.  Today: Love, God’s heart.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: being set free from: Anger.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Families.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse:  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a miracle that will lead you into praising God. Today: Forgiveness, clean slate

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: being set free from: Guilt.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: The stuggling.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse:  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a miracle that will lead you into praising God. Today: Worship, connecting with holiness.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: being set free from: bitterness, unforgiveness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Communities.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse:  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a miracle that will lead you into praising God. Today: Our bodies, worshipping God with all we have.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: being set free from: being overwhelmed and paralysed.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Organisations.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse:  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a miracle that will lead you into praising God. Today: Peace in the midst of confusion.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: being set free from: hurt.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Churches.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse:  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV)

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