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Living out Ascension, preparing for Pentecost. Christ live in me!

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Devotional Diary 29 May – 4 June 2017

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

4 June 2017 is Pentecost Sunday.

 Acts 2:1-21. The Holy Spirit arrives with power, and thousands of pilgrims from nations far and near hear the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ in their own languages.

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b.

1 Corinthians 12:3b-13. The Holy Spirit gives many gifts for many ministries in the one body of Jesus Christ.

John 7:37-39Come to me, and rivers of living water will flow from you!” Following Jesus means becoming a channel of the Spirit for the whole world.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Living out the Ascension (and preparing for Pentecost): Jesus reigns, He is our King: Today thank him that He is the King of a new heaven and a new earth, he is making all things new!

Confession: Each day a different question to guide your confessions this week: Have you allowed God’s ways and values to guide your steps?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week pray for God’s guidance in any specific area where you feel prompted. It may be in a specific situation or a particular person’s life.  Pray that God’s way may be followed and that fullness of life may result.  Today’s prompt: your government.

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: Reign King Jesus reign, over all the earth reign (Also in my life!).

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Living out the ascension: Jesus reigns, He is our King: Today thank him that He is the King of forgiveness, wiping the slate clean to allow release and new beginnings!

Confession: Each day a different question to guide your confessions this week: What makes you resist God?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today’s prompt: someone you know.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Reign King Jesus reign, over all the earth reign (Also in my life!).

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Living out the ascension: Jesus reigns, He is our King: Today thank him that He is the King of creation, He holds all things so can make all things new.

Confession: Each day a different question to guide your confessions this week: What makes you distrust God?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s prompt: Your business community.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Reign King Jesus reign, over all the earth reign (Also in my life!).

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Living out the ascension: Jesus reigns, He is our King: Today thank him that He is the King of salvation (meaning wholeness and health!).  He makes us healthy and whole.

Confession: Each day a different question to guide your confessions this week: Can you allow God to really be God in your life?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today’s prompt: Your schools.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Reign King Jesus reign, over all the earth reign (Also in my life!).

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Living out the ascension: Jesus reigns, He is our King: Today thank him that He is the King of eternity.  He is there for us forever and ever!

Confession: Each day a different question to guide your confessions this week: What would mean in practical terms to allow God to reign in your life?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today’s prompt: in your sports administration.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Reign King Jesus reign, over all the earth reign (Also in my life!).

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Living out the ascension: Jesus reigns, He is our King: Today thank him that He is the King at the present moment, right now He reigns for you and this world.

Confession: Each day a different question to guide your confessions this week:  List some practical steps you are going to take to be more obedient to God.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s prompt: in your health care system.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Reign King Jesus reign, over all the earth reign (Also in my life!).

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Living out the ascension: Jesus reigns, He is our King: Today thank him that He is the King who sends His Spirit…Pentecost.

Confession: Today review the questions asked this week: How have you moved in allowing God’s reign to be expressed in your life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today’s prompt: Your church community.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Reign King Jesus reign, over all the earth reign (Also in my life!).

Ascension!

 

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 22 – 28 May 2017

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

28 May 2017 is Ascension Sunday, the seventh Sunday of Easter.

These readings are all linked by Ascension themes.

Acts 1:1-11. The story of the final teaching and ascension of Jesus. “Wait until the power of the Spirit comes upon you … then be my witnesses in all the world.”

Psalm 47  An enthronement psalm for YHWH, and a fitting response for this day. “The Lord has gone up” (ascended) here means that YHWH (and for us, Jesus), is Ruler over all the earth.

Ephesians 1:15-23.A theological interpretation of the ascension of Jesus — “that you may know … what is the immeasurable power of his greatness for us who believe.”

Luke 24: 44-53. An earlier version of the last words and ascension of Jesus from the same author. The ascension of Christ forms a narrative bridge between Luke and Acts and a theological bridge between the work of Jesus and the work of his body, the church.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: He holds the whole world in His hands.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Taking on responsibility for someone else’s life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…” Link these prayers to your confession focus (pray for that person you have the burden for and place them in God’s hands).

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, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet…I walk in trust with you.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: His love endures forever!

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: change in the world…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…” Today: pray for an area of life that needs change…

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: In Him all things are possible.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: future security.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”  Link these prayers to your confession focus. Today pray for the future of our world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: Jesus lover of my soul!

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Your family…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…” Link these prayers to your confession focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: O Sacred King, O Loving Friend.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Coping financially…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”  Link these prayers to your confession focus (pray for the poor today).

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: Love crucified, arose…

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: a physical ailment…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”  Today pray for someone who is ill or struggling.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty…

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Past failures and sin…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”  Pray for those who feel they are not “good enough” to be loved (that they may know that God’s love is there for them.)

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

The Comforter

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary  15 – 21 May 2017

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

21 May 2017 is the sixth Sunday of Easter.

Acts 17:22-31. God is not far from each one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’

Psalm 66:8-20.Despite persecution and difficulty, the people of God continue to offer themselves with thankful sacrifice, wherever they are.

1 Peter 3:13-22. Christ suffered and died for all people in all times and everywhere. Christians, wherever they are, are to be ready to give an account for the hope that is in them.

John 14:15-21 Jesus says he will give the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to be with and in his disciples forever, wherever they go.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…” The Sun, moon, all that shines with light…

Confession: Lord we sing, “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Lord, help us to examine the work of our hands.  Does this work bring joy to you?  Lord, empower us to express your love and your values in our work.   Today’s focus: creativity. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for all doctors, nurses and health workers.

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 I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…” Fishes, whales and water wonders…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: healing. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for parents who are nursing infants.  May their hands reach out in love and tenderness.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Buck, lions, elephants and marvellous mammals…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: comfort. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for all those who care for the elderly; those who reach out a hand to help them walk with steadiness.  May they see the elderly through the eyes of God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Praying mantis, bees and interesting insects…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: bringing order. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.   Today we pray for teachers as their hands reach out to impart knowledge and share in the exploration of life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Roses, daisy and fantastic flowers…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: construction. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for all those who are in love with each other.  We pray that their hands may express a deep respect and care.  Thank the Lord for his rich and varied love.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…” Mountains, canyons and stretching landscapes…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: shaping and molding. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for the hands that prepare meals to minister to the hungry.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Sisters, brothers and faithful family…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: worship.  (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we thank God for his comforting and empowering hand that reaches into our lives.  Pray for those who have not acknowledged the hand of God that is upon them.  Pray that they may open their hearts to the hand of God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead