Monthly Archives: December 2015

Entering Epiphany

 

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The light of Christ has come into the world...

The light of Christ has come into the world…

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Advent is the first season of the Christian year. Our advent began on Sunday 29 November. This is a season full of promise, hope, expectation and waiting. Christ has come, comes and will come. Advent means: “arrival, appearance, emergence, materialization, surfacing, occurrence, dawn, origin, birth, rise, development”. We wait with Mary, Elizabeth and others for the birth of the child. Then on Christmas Eve as the Sun sets, we enter the Christmas season: Christ is born, He has “advented”. During the twelve days of the Christmas season (from sunset December 24-January 5) we celebration and digest what the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ set loose in the world. The Sundays of the Christmas season focus on the birth of Christ (Christ born in us), the boy Jesus in the temple (the growth of Christ and our growth into Christlikeness). On Sunday the 3 January, church traditions that do not gather for worship on Epiphany (6 January) jump the gun and celebrate Epiphany Sunday. Epiphany is a Greek word meaning “revelation”. Have you had an epiphany lately (a moment of sudden and great revelation or realization)? On this Sunday we remember Christ revealed (this is the epiphany) as the Son of God for all nations (that includes us and others). The season of Epiphany focusses us on God’s mission to all humanity and our call to enter this mission. Jesus has entered on a journey, and we are called to follow:

Weekly Rhythm

Finding our true selves in mission…

Jan 3 The Magi: All people are called into this journey.
Jan 10 Christ’s baptism. Baptism: Discovering who we are…. is missional.
Jan 17 The wedding at Cana. Signs: where/what are we pointing to…
Jan 24 Jesus defines his calling: What is our mission?
Jan 31 The people take offense at Christ: Facing the realities of mission.
Feb 2 Jesus is lifted up in the temple: It’s all about Jesus.
Feb 7 The Transfiguration: Transformation, this little light of mine.

This season moves into the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday on the 10 February 2016.

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 28 December 2015 – 3 January 2016

January 3 is Epiphany Sunday.

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

Isaiah 60:1-6. Isaiah prophesies to a people just returning from exile that the day would come when all nations would “stream to their light.”
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14. In praise of the righteous king who would receive tribute from all nations.
Ephesians 3:1-12. Paul’s imprisonments make it possible for Gentiles, including leaders of the Roman Empire, to know the mystery that they, too, are invited to become fellow heirs with Christ Jesus.
Matthew 2:1-12. Magi from Iraq arrive to offer homage to a new king in Judea and participate in God’s subversion of Herod’s plan.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 11:1 In the Lord I take refuge.
Confession: The old has gone, the new has come! Each day ask how these words need to be reflected in your life as you share in the death and resurrection of Christ.
The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional aids.
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: Let us not forget to pray for ourselves. Today pray that this year may be one in which you are drawn closer to God. How is God speaking to you?
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: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh… (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 13:5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
Confession: The old has gone, the new has come! Each day ask how these words need to be reflected in your life as you share in the death and resurrection of Christ.
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: We continue to pray for ourselves. Today pray that this year you may discover new joy in serving God as he calls you. Pray that you may be open to this call as it comes to you.

Dedication: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh… (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 13:6 I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.
Confession: The old has gone, the new has come! Each day ask how these words need to be reflected in your life as you share in the death and resurrection of Christ.
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: We continue to pray for ourselves. Today pray that this year you may know the strengthening hand of God in your weaknesses.
Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh… (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Confession: The old has gone, the new has come! Each day ask how these words need to be reflected in your life as you share in the death and resurrection of Christ.
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: We continue to pray for ourselves. Today pray that you may experience this year as a healing week so that you may reflect God’s love and life more clearly.
Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh… (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer…
Confession: The old has gone, the new has come! Each day ask how these words need to be reflected in your life as you share in the death and resurrection of Christ.
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: We continue to pray for ourselves. Today pray that you may be enabled to rest in the knowledge that you are loved as you journey day by day through this year.
Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh… (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 18:2 …my God is my rock in whom I take refuge.
Confession: The old has gone, the new has come! Each day ask how these words need to be reflected in your life as you share in the death and resurrection of Christ.
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: We continue to pray for ourselves. Today pray that your relationships with others may grow in significant ways through this year. How is God speaking to you?
Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh… (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 18:2 He (the Lord) is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Confession: The old has gone, the new has come! Each day ask how these words need to be reflected in your life as you share in the death and resurrection of Christ.
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: We continue to pray for ourselves. Today pray that this year may be one in which you learn to worship God in Spirit and in truth. Give yourself to God in worship today!
Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh… (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)