Monthly Archives: November 2016

John the Baptist: Prepare

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Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 28 November  – 4 December 2016

4 December is the second Sunday of Advent.

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

 Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Isaiah 11:1-10.  Isaiah prophesies the coming of a righteous ruler out of the stump of Jesse.

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19. A psalm in praise and intercession for a righteous king, such as the one foretold in Isaiah.

Romans 15:4-13  A call for Jewish believers in Rome to welcome Gentiles into full fellowship, even as Christ, “the root of Jesse,” has welcomed them all. By the power of the Spirit, Jewish and Gentiles alike can abound in hope.

Matthew 3:1-12   John the Baptist appears in the wilderness proclaiming repentance and offering baptism as preparation for the kingdom of God drawing near.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Choose a spot where you can look closely at a flower.  After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: Lord God, I am often preoccupied with rush, deadlines and pressing concerns.  I have neglected to keep watch. This week list the areas of your life that pull you out of “keeping watch”.  As you list these areas pray that God would grow you in trust and obedience.   Pray that he would lead you into a new way of “watchful” living.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today: The church you are part of.

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, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Think of a meaningful relationship that you have shared or are sharing with someone. After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift up an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today: The Churches in your neighbourhood..

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: In your minds eye reflect on a small innocent child. After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift up an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today:  The outreach of the Church throughout the world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Spend some moments looking into water.  It could be in a pond or even in a glass. After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift up an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today:  Conflict torn areas of our world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!

Friday:

Adoration Focus: If possible Light a candle and look at the flame (if not just imagine a candle burning). After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift up an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today: Anyone you know who is seeking for direction.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Look at your own hand. After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift up an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today: The created world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Reflect firstly on Christ in the manger. Then see him on the cross.  After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift up an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today: For all those who gather to worship God.  That their worship may be a joyful witness to others.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!

Longing for a new world

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Seasonal Rhythm

Sunday 27 November begins the season of Advent. A season of longing, expectation, looking for the coming of God. In this season we stand with the world as it yearns for salvation.

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 21 – 27 November 2016

27 November is the first Sunday of Advent.

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

 

Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Isaiah 2:1-5  Out of the house of the Lord shall come wisdom and instruction, and all nations will convert their weapons of war into implements for sustaining life.

Psalm 122 A psalm rejoicing in Jerusalem, a foretaste of what Isaiah prophesies.

Romans 13:11-14  Salvation draws ever nearer, so live in the fullness of Christ, freed from the power of sinful desires.

Matthew 24:36-44.  The coming of the Son of Man will be a surprise, so stay on the lookout!

Monday:

Adoration Focus: My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure. (Psalm 71:15)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: O Holy Spirit, knowing  the deep things of God: move in the depths of my being…

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the “hungry” in our world.  Our intercessions are based on a prayer by Christine Odell.  Today we pray for those who hunger for the necessities of life: food, homes, warm clothing…

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:  Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds…(Psalm 68:4)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: Fire of the Spirit burn all that is not holy…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday.  Today we pray for those who hunger for healing.  We pray for the depressed, the injured, the dying, the diseased…

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: …you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. (Psalm 67:4)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: Fire of the Spirit generate within us fire…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday.  Today we pray for those who hunger for peace.  We pray for countries, for homes where there is stress and aggression, for those who cannot sleep at night.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name. (Psalm 66:4)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: Fire of the Spirit Inflame us with love…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray for those who hunger for love. For rejected children, for the elderly who have lost companions, for those who consider themselves unlovable…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Saviour,…(Psalm 65:5)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: Wind of the Spirit breathe in us thy gentleness…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday.  Today we pray for those who hunger for a fair chance in life.  For the child deprived of opportunity, for those caught in a situation from which they see no escape …

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Because you are my help, I will sing in the shadow of your wings. (Psalm 63:7)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: Wind of the Spirit!  Blow in thy strength…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday.  Today we pray for those who hunger for God.  For those who feel lost, who pray without hope, who have no sense of Godly comfort, those who are tired and without purpose…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. (Psalm 62:11,12a)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: O Holy Spirit, author of holiness: sanctify my spirit.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday.  Today we pray for all those who hunger deep in their souls, that they may be fed with the Bread of Life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

The reign of Christ

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Devotional Diary 14 -20 November 2016

20 November is Reign of Christ Sunday

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

 

Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Jeremiah 23:1-6. God rejects the bad shepherds (kings) of Israel/Judah who scatter the flock. God promises to raise up good kings and a branch in the line of David to rule in righteousness.

Luke 1:68-79The Song of Zechariah.

Colossians 1:11-20. A hymn of praise to Christ the King of all.

Luke 23:33-43Jesus of Nazareth, “King of the Jews,” is crucified.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:3 …may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.

Confession: This week we focus on how we have thought that we have known better than Christ our King.  The times we have sought to control our own destinies and have ended up in trouble.  We so often ignore the Master Potter’s words.  Focus on ways that you have marred the pot that is your life and bring it out of the darkness into God’s light for transformation.  Hear his words of life: What is he saying to you?  How can you better reflect the glory of his light in your unique life?

The Word: See readings above and comments and questions under Weekly Readings.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Pray for the gift of God’s guidance for someone who is losing his or her way.

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, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:4 Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for the gift of God’s peace for someone who is troubled.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:4…his name is the Lord…rejoice before him.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who needs God’s reassurance.

 

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is suffering, emotionally or physically.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:20 Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for your local town that God’s life and love may continue to bring the gift of transformation to all its peoples.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 68:34 Proclaim the power of God … whose power is in the skies,

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that God may prepare all his people to be particularly receptive to the Word as it is preached tomorrow.  Pray that that Word may bring them the gift of God’s life and love.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 68:26 Praise God in the great congregation; praise the Lord in the assembly…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that we may catch the visions and dreams that God has for us both as people and as communities.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)