Monthly Archives: April 2017

Living out the resurrection as community.

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary  1 -7 May 2017

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

7 May 2017 is the fourth Sunday of Easter.

Acts 2:42-47The signs of a Christian community, alive in the Spirit: abiding in the teaching and fellowship of the apostles, sharing all they have, and being diligent about the breaking of bread and prayers. Result of such a community? Not just growth, but multiplication!

Psalm 23

1 Peter 2:19-25Another sign of being a community of the Risen Jesus: our capacity to suffer unjustly and bless God as we endure it.

John 10:1-10More signs: Like the Good Shepherd, we call others to safe pasture, protect them from harm, and offer life abundant through him who calls us disciples and friends.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day spend a few moments in stillness before God.  Allow God to focus you on His nature and greatness.  Then respond in worship.

Confession: Having worshipped God, allow Him to look into your heart.  Know that He accepts you and loves you. Let His love and life fill your soul.  Where does his healing power touch your life?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Pray that your community may be a forgiving community and that this forgiveness may lead to reconciliation.  Pray that we may find our example for forgiveness and reconciliation in Christ.

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: “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:9

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day spend a few moments in stillness before God.  Allow God to focus you on His nature and greatness.  Then respond in worship.

Confession: Having worshipped God, allow Him to look into your heart.  Know that He accepts you and loves you. Let His love and life fill your soul.  How does he comfort you?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that your community may be a supportive community.  Pray that we may take hold of the gift of encouragement with both hands.  Pray that God may enable you to encourage someone today.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:9

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day spend a few moments in stillness before God.  Allow God to focus you on His nature and greatness.  Then respond in worship.

Confession: Having worshipped God, allow Him to look into your heart.  Know that He accepts you and loves you. Let His love and life fill your soul.  How does his Spirit witness with your spirit?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that your community may be a community of the poor, that even those at the lowest rung of the ladder may be treated like those at the top.  Pray that God would abolish favouritism in our midst.  Each one is an important part of the body of Christ.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:9

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day spend a few moments in stillness before God.  Allow God to focus you on His nature and greatness.  Then respond in worship.

Confession: Having worshipped God, allow Him to look into your heart.  Know that He accepts you and loves you. Let His love and life fill your soul.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that your community may be a community of hope.  Pray that we may hear words of hope and not despair.  Pray that we may be a place where those who have lost hope may find it.  Pray that our eyes may be open to see Jesus, the Light of the World, shining in our midst.  Does he offer you any reassurance?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:9

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day spend a few moments in stillness before God.  Allow God to focus you on His nature and greatness.  Then respond in worship.

Confession: Having worshipped God, allow Him to look into your heart.  Know that He accepts you and loves you. Let His love and life fill your soul.  What does he drive out?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that your community may be a community of power – not to laud it over others, not to make our names great, but power to serve and to pour out our lives for many.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:9

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day spend a few moments in stillness before God.  Allow God to focus you on His nature and greatness.  Then respond in worship.

Confession: Having worshipped God, allow Him to look into your heart.  Know that He accepts you and loves you. Let His love and life fill your soul.  Today he offers you rest.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that your community may be a community of faith – that we would not just speak words but that our faith would be a biblical faith that walks with God in trust and dares to live by God’s Kingdom values.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:9

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day spend a few moments in stillness before God.  Allow God to focus you on His nature and greatness.  Then respond in worship.

Confession: Having worshipped God, allow Him to look into your heart.  Know that He accepts you and loves you. Let His love and life fill your soul.  He fills you with worship and praise.  Lift up his name.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that your community may be a community of worship in Spirit and in truth.  That is, a community that worships in response to the revelation in Jesus Christ.  Holy Spirit, lead us in our worship today.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:9

Have you got ‘resurrection’?

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary  24-30 April 2017

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

30 April 2017 is the third Sunday of Easter.

Acts 2:14a, 36-41. The message of the resurrection of the crucified one compels a response: “What shall we do?” Repent, and be baptized — then the life of the risen Christ will come to you.

Psalm response: Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19. “Then I called on the name of the LORD: ‘O LORD, I pray, save my life!'”

1 Peter 1:17-23. Those baptized into the Risen One are exiles who live in reverent fear, hope, because the blood of Christ ransoms us, and love one another from the heart.

Luke 24:13-35. On the road to Emmaus, Jesus reminds two dispirited followers of all they have seen and heard, its grounding in Scripture, and what next steps they can take to live this way now. They “get it” only when he breaks the bread.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. (Psalm 59:16)

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I have crushed the sensitive spirit with a heavy-handed response.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week: praying for peace.  The peace (shalom) of God is not just the absence of conflict but also the presence of health and wholeness.  As you pray for peace in various areas picture what shape this health and wholeness will take in the different contexts and pray accordingly.   Today we pray for inner peace.  Peace within your own heart and the hearts of your neighbours.

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: Show us good Lord, the peace we should seek, the peace we must give, the peace we can keep, the peace we must forgo, and the peace you have given us in Jesus our Lord. (Caryl Micklem)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. (Psalm 57:10)

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I have lost control and have hurt others deeply.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.  Today we pray for peace in relationships between people that are victims of some kind of prejudice – (gender, race, age, etc.)

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Show us good Lord, the peace we should seek, the peace we must give, the peace we can keep, the peace we must forgo, and the peace you have given us in Jesus our Lord. (Caryl Micklem)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me… (Psalm 54:4)

Confession: Lord you have called me to praise your holy name.  So often it is my name alone that I seek to praise and lift up.  Help me to lift up your name in praise.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.  Today we pray for peace in families.  We pray for peace where there is abuse, be it physical, sexual or emotional.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Show us good Lord, the peace we should seek, the peace we must give, the peace we can keep, the peace we must forgo, and the peace you have given us in Jesus our Lord. (Caryl Micklem)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. (Psalm 52:9)

Confession: Lord I sometimes despise people.  You take delight in them.  Help me to take delight in the people I encounter.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.  Pray for peace in the area of crime and violence.  Focus particularly on the health and wholeness issue.  Pray that our society may be a healthy one.  Focus on a specific way in which we can move in this direction and pray accordingly.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Show us good Lord, the peace we should seek, the peace we must give, the peace we can keep, the peace we must forgo, and the peace you have given us in Jesus our Lord. (Caryl Micklem)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: The Mighty One, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets. (Psalm 50:1)

Confession: Lord, the splendour of your creation has grown familiar in my eyes.  Help me to look at it in new ways and realise your greatness yet again.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.  Today we pray for our world.  Choose a country for which you have a concern and pray for God’s peace to be realised in a specific way there.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Show us good Lord, the peace we should seek, the peace we must give, the peace we can keep, the peace we must forgo, and the peace you have given us in Jesus our Lord. (Caryl Micklem)

 Saturday:

Adoration Focus: But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself. (Psalm 49:15)

Confession: Lord sometimes I worship the stars and not you who name them.  Today help me to worship the one who controls the stars and who guides us in His paths.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus. Today, pray for any area of concern that surfaces as important for you.  Into what scenario do you need to pray God’s peace?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Show us good Lord, the peace we should seek, the peace we must give, the peace we can keep, the peace we must forgo, and the peace you have given us in Jesus our Lord. (Caryl Micklem)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. (Psalm 48:14)

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I rely on my own strength and wisdom.  You are the one who lifts us up.  Today I turn to you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.  Today we pray for peace in church communities.  We focus on internal rivalry and unresolved conflict and strife.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Show us good Lord, the peace we should seek, the peace we must give, the peace we can keep, the peace we must forgo, and the peace you have given us in Jesus our Lord. (Caryl Micklem)

Signs of Resurrection

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary  17-23 April 2017

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

23 April 2017 is the second Sunday of Easter.

Acts 2:14a, 22-32 The first of several readings from the sermon of Peter at Pentecost. In today’s text, he declares the resurrection of Jesus to a crowd amazed at the signs of the Spirit’s presence and power.

Psalm 16

1 Peter 1:3-9 We have been born anew and granted an imperishable inheritance in the Risen Lord.

John 20:19-31 This story is not only about Thomas, but about Christ. It reminds us, the body of Christ, to go to similar lengths to show the signs of Christ’s resurrection to those who doubt so they may come to believe.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around you.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession: Focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you.  Today’s hint: facing a challenge.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for our world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

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: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around you.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession: Focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you.  Today’s hint: forgiveness / reconciliation.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for our world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around you.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession: Focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you.  Today’s hint: using a gift that he has given you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for our world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around you.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession: Focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you. Today’s hint: learning to love and accept your life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for our world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around us.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession: Focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you.  Today’s hint: being creative.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for our world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around you.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession: Focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you. Today’s hint: Joy/optimism.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for our world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around you.  Then praise God for his gift of new life.

Confession: Focus on resurrection.  Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life.  Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you. Today’s hint: resting in the work that God has done on your behalf and for you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you.  Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for our world.  Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!”  (St Paul)