Year B

Eat of him!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 6 – 12 August 2018

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

Sunday 12 August is the twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33. David’s son Absalom had begun a civil war against his father. Still, David orders to his army were to “deal gently” with him. When Absalom was found stuck in a tree, he was executed and brought to David. David wept bitterly.

Psalm 130.  A psalm often used at funerals and an appropriate response to the story of David’s deep grief over Absalom. John Wesley heard this psalm sung by the choir on the day of his turning to God at Aldersgate, May 24, 1738.

Ephesians 4:25—5:2.  The writer encourages the congregations to give up practices that lead to broken relationships with God and others and engage in practices that build up community.

John 6:35, 41-51. Jesus says the Father, not his own teaching, draws people to “eat of him,” “the true bread that is coming down from heaven.” Those who “eat of him” are receiving eternal life.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week we pray for women (9 August is Women’s Day).  Today: Praying for Women’s groups who are working for God’s Kingdom.

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: My commitment: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for women.  Today: Praying for all women who are focussed on building a better world for all.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for women.  Today: Praying for all women who are investing in the lives of others and seeking to ground them in Kingdom of God values.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for women.  Today: Praying for all women who face put downs and abuse simply because they are women.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for women.  Today: Praying for all those who are struggling to provide for their children and themselves because they are living below the bread line.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for women.  Today: Praying for a world that acknowledges God’s call for us to live and work as equal partners in this world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day reflect on the best moments you have known in your life and give God praise for a different moment each day.

Confession: Each day reflect on God’s perfection and purity.  Experience His abundant love, His righteousness and justice.  Then let His light shine into your life.  Remember He comes to save and not condemn.  Into what area of your life is His hand of love and transformation reaching?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for women.  Today: Giving thanks for all that God has given us through the lives of the wonderful women that we share in life with.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I will strive to co-operate with God and all who are seeking to build a world that reflects the loving reign of God.

Free to change

 

Yearly Rhythm

Sunday 15 April,
The Third Sunday of Easter,
Year B,
Colour: White

“The empty tomb is not the important event of Easter, the living presence of God in the resurrected Jesus is. It wasn’t the the empty tomb that transformed the disciples and the women who followed him, it was Jesus appearing to them, eating with them, interpreting the scriptures for them. They met the risen Christ in the 50 days after Easter and it changed their lives so that they went out not just talking about the things Jesus did, but living them.”

Christine Sine

Daily Rhythm

Making worship part of the everyday

Devotional Diary   9 – 15 April 

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

Acts 3:12-19. After a lame beggar is cured by the power of the Risen Lord through Peter and John, Peter invites the wondering crowd to repent and follow Jesus. Five thousand of them do!

Psalm 4. Thanks to God for vindication and rebuke/teaching to those who criticize or disgrace.

1 John 3:1-7.  We are God’s children now as we abide in Jesus. Abiding in Jesus enables us to live more and more without sin. Repentance is no one-time act, but a lifelong commitment to abide in Jesus. That is why we continue to purify ourselves that we may be like him when he appears.

Luke 24:36b-48. After his appearance to two dispirited disciples heading toward Emmaus, Jesus tells the rest of those gathered at another meal to proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sins in his name.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect love of God.

Confession: This week in your confessions reflect on what lines God is calling you to cross in order to live out resurrection in Jesus Christ.   Possible focus for today:  Rediscover the joy of prayer…

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Today pray for a friend.

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, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect mind of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Possible focus for today: Receiving God’s word through scripture.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for a neighbour.

Personal Prayers:

            Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect power of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today: Seeing all people as sacred…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone you have difficulty getting on with.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect grace (undeserved love and merit) of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today:  Finding new joy in living.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone who is ill.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect plan, purpose and future we have in God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today: Living with a sense of conversation with God.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone who is far away from you.

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect justice and righteousness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today: Optimism and expectation…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone who is facing a challenge.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect holiness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today:  Worshipping with all your heart, soul, mind and strength…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone who worships with you.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

 

Christ the King, Year B, 2015

Christ the King stained glass

Yearly Rhythm

Sunday 22 November 2015
Christ the King
Year B
Colour: White or Gold

This is the last Sunday in the Christian Year. We are celebrating the Reign of Christ the King – reminding ourselves that Christ is our King, the ultimate authority in all things. As citizens of His kingdom we are guided by grace, love and justice in all that we do.

These thoughts are particularly pertinent as we #PrayForHumanity this week following the violence in Burundi, Paris, Syria, Lebanon and all the other places where intolerance and prejudice cause death, oppression and displacement.

Daily Rhythm

Making worship part of the everyday

Devotional Diary 16 – 22 November 2015

DOWNLOAD THE DEVOTIONAL DIARY AS A PDF HERE

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

2 Samuel 23:1-7David’s final song: “One who rules over the people justly… is like the light of the morning, the rising sun of a cloudless morning glistening off the dew.”

Psalm 132:1-5, 11-12A plea to God to remember David’s devotion in wishing to build a temple for God and God’s promise to sustain David’s line if his descendants kept God’s covenant.

Revelation 1:4b-8. The opening salutation to John’s vision: “Grace to you from the one who was, and is and is to come, and from the seven spirits … and from Jesus Christ, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.”

John 18:33-37. Jesus answers the charge that some call him “King of the Jews”: “My kingdom is not from this world.”

This week: Our adoration focus is based on a prayer edited by Neil Dixon in “Companion to the Lectionary.”  The prayers of intercession are based on a prayer in “The Methodist Service Book.”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, source of power and love, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession: This week we focus on defences, barriers, and excuses; things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today: Fears

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Hear us, Lord God, as we pray for your one holy Church: make us all one, so that the world may believe.

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:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, source of forgiveness and hope, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession: This week we focus on defences, barriers, excuses, things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today: Hidden hurts.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you: grant that your name may be glorified by all people.

Personal prayers

            Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, shown to us in Jesus your Son, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession: This week we focus on defences, barriers, excuses; things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today: Not wanting to let go…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Guide and strengthen all ministers of your gospel: make them faithful in your service.

Personal prayers:

            Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, constantly present in our lives by your Spirit, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession: This week we focus on defences, barriers, excuses; things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today:  Things we value more than God…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Inspire and lead all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world: establish justice and peace among all people.

Personal prayers:

            Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, ceaselessly working in human history, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession

The Word: This week we focus on defences, barriers, excuses; things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today:  Timing: not at the moment Lord…

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Have compassion on all who suffer from any sickness, grief or trouble: deliver them from their distress.

Personal prayers:

            Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, head of your Church, guide of your people, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession: This week we focus on defences, barriers, excuses; things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today: What about others? Surely not me!

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Give us courage to do your will in all that we undertake: reveal the life of Christ within us.

Personal prayers:

             Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, lover of our souls, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession: This week we focus on defences, barriers, excuses; things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today:  I’m not that bad…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  We praise you for all your saints who have entered your eternal glory: bring us all to share in your heavenly kingdom.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Weekly Rhythm

Joining our stories with the story of God

As you read and pray remember these three basic questions to make the Scriptures relevant to your life:
What does the passage say?
What does the passage mean?
How does it apply to my life?

Some other questions you might like to work through this week as you contemplate Christ the King:

  1. How do you experience the reign of Jesus bringing light and beauty and love and an inviting and enduring softness to the world where you are?
  2. How do you experience those who rule unjustly bringing thorns, and with them pain, hurt and destruction?
  3. What does a “beautiful” and “inviting” and loving politics of justice look like where you are?
  4. What people or organizations already seem to embody such a beautiful, inviting politics of justice?
  5. How does the prayer life of your congregation—corporately and individually– reflect the work of the priesthood Christ our King has made us to be? How might better ways forward be modeled in worship today?
  6. Above all, and foundational to all, how do what you say and do in worship AND daily life model the core truth about God’s kingdom and Jesus as its King—“thy nature and thy name is Love” (Charles Wesley, “Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown,” verse 4).

(Taken from here.)

God of Eternity, we stand with the courage of those who insisted, even in perilous times,
that not even the most powerful rulers of this earth hold our eternal destiny in their hands.
We are secure in Christ, whose reign is just, whose power is endless, and whose love is unfathomable.
God of Eternity, we join the chorus of saints who continue to declare that Christ is our King.
Amen.

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