Monthly Archives: February 2016

Temptation. What pulls your strings?

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Seasonal Rhythm

Tenth of February is Ash Wednesday the beginning of lent. Bobby Gross speaks of this seasons work as “humbled in the turning” and “heartened in the rising”.  We examine ourselves. We follow Jesus as takes up his cross. We die with him.  We are also “heartened in the rising” (made new in Christ as we rise with him).  Each Sunday in this season is a mini Easter.

Weekly Rhythm

During Lent find some space to try this Jesuit Prayer of Examen.  If will be helpful to have a pen and some paper available to record the process.

There are five steps: to the prayer

  1. Recalling we are in the presence of God
  2. Looking over the events of the day with gratitude for the day’s gifts
  3. Inviting the Holy Spirit to help us evaluate our actions and attitudes with honesty and patience
  4. Reviewing the day making yourself aware of where Christ assisted your decisions and where you should have paused to receive his instruction
  5. A heart to heart talk with Jesus sharing your thoughts on your actions, attitudes, feelings and interactions.

Daily Rhythm

 Devotional Diary 7 – 14 February 2016

Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org Sunday 14 February 2016 First Sunday of Lent

Deuteronomy 26:1-11. The first part of the ritual instruction for the offering of tithes of first fruits in the temple. This ritual calls for the one making the offering to confess God as deliverer of the people and provider of the harvest now enjoyed in the promised land. In this way, the ritual both reminds and reinforces the identity of the family with the people and the people with the story of their God.

Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16. By singing or praying this psalm, the congregation confesses God’s continued promise of protection for God’s people.

Romans 10:8b-13.  Paul declares God’s intention to save all who believe upon and confess Jesus as Lord.

Luke 4:1-13.  Luke recounts the temptation of Jesus following his baptism and a period of fasting in the wilderness prior to the beginning of his public ministry. Jesus consistently confesses his identity in response to the temptations to choose another way.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: 1 John 1:5: “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”

Confession: Lord forgive us when we have looked at suffering through hardened eyes, give us your eyes of love.

The Word: Use readings above or your own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s mission among us.  Today:  Lord we pray for all who have crossed boundaries to go out in mission in the name of Christ.  We pray that we may learn from their courage and sense of mission.

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 Christ, the Master Carpenter who at the last, through wood and nails, purchased our whole salvation, wield well your tools in the workshop of your world, so that we, who come rough-hewn to your bench, may here be fashioned to a truer beauty of your hand.  We ask it for your name’s sake.  (Source unknown)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: 1 John 2:2: “He (Jesus Christ) is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we have looked at the poor through hardened eyes, give us your eyes of love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s mission among us.  Today:   As we seek to reach beyond ourselves we pray that we would always build on the rock and sure foundation, Jesus Christ.

 

Dedication: O Christ, the Master Carpenter who at the last, through wood and nails, purchased our whole salvation, wield well your tools in the workshop of your world, so that we, who come rough-hewn to your bench, may here be fashioned to a truer beauty of your hand.  We ask it for your name’s sake.  (Source unknown)

Wednesday: Ash Wednesday:  “To dust we will return.”

Adoration Focus: 1 John 3:1: “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we have looked at our neighbour through hardened eyes, give us your eyes of love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s mission among us.  Today:  Loving with God’s heart, praying with God’s heart.

Personal prayers:

 

Dedication: O Christ, the Master Carpenter who at the last, through wood and nails, purchased our whole salvation, wield well your tools in the workshop of your world, so that we, who come rough-hewn to your bench, may here be fashioned to a truer beauty of your hand.  We ask it for your name’s sake.  (Source unknown)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: 1 John 3:16: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.”

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we have looked at those close to us through hardened eyes, give us your eyes of love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s mission among us.  Today:  Praying for your church that we may enter into God’s mission more deeply.

Personal prayers:

 

Dedication: O Christ, the Master Carpenter who at the last, through wood and nails, purchased our whole salvation, wield well your tools in the workshop of your world, so that we, who come rough-hewn to your bench, may here be fashioned to a truer beauty of your hand.  We ask it for your name’s sake.  (Source unknown)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: 1 John 4:8: “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we have looked those of other races through hardened eyes, give us your eyes of love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s mission among us.  Today:  Identify part of God’s mission to transform our world and pray into it.

Personal prayers:

 

Dedication: O Christ, the Master Carpenter who at the last, through wood and nails, purchased our whole salvation, wield well your tools in the workshop of your world, so that we, who come rough-hewn to your bench, may here be fashioned to a truer beauty of your hand.  We ask it for your name’s sake.  (Source unknown)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: 1 John 5:11: “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we have looked at the young through hardened eyes, give us your eyes of love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s mission among us.  Today:  Pray into an area of mission where God may be calling you to serve.

Personal prayers:

 

Dedication: O Christ, the Master Carpenter who at the last, through wood and nails, purchased our whole salvation, wield well your tools in the workshop of your world, so that we, who come rough-hewn to your bench, may here be fashioned to a truer beauty of your hand.  We ask it for your name’s sake.  (Source unknown)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: 2 John 3: “Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.”

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we have looked at ourselves through hardened eyes, give us your eyes of love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s mission among us.  Today:  Pray for the church at large that the church may join hands in serving the mission of God.

Personal prayers:

 

Dedication: O Christ, the Master Carpenter who at the last, through wood and nails, purchased our whole salvation, wield well your tools in the workshop of your world, so that we, who come rough-hewn to your bench, may here be fashioned to a truer beauty of your hand.  We ask it for your name’s sake.  (Source unknown)