Monthly Archives: March 2018

Holy Week and Easter

 Devotional Diary

26 March – 1 April 2018

Holy Week and Easter Sunday

This week is Holy Week.  It is holy in that we set it aside to specifically and intensively focus on the events of the week in Christ’s journey which culminated in death and resurrection.  I have given you the set readings for each day (thanks to gbod.org).  If you do not find time to reflect on all the readings, focus on the Gospel readings.  This week all you are asked to do is read the story.  But read it slowly and be open to God’s Spirit.  This is God’s work of salvation for you and your world. (I have included two prayers after the daily readings which you may wish to reflect on in this week.)

As you read the scriptures ask:

What is this passage saying?

What did it mean for the original hearers?

What does it mean to me?

How will this Good News change the way I see God, the way I live or the way I look at my life and the lives of others?

Monday of Holy Week

Isaiah 42:1–9

Psalm 36:5–11

Hebrews 9:11–15

John 12:1–11

Tuesday of Holy Week

Isaiah 49:1–7

Psalm 71:1–14

1 Corinthians 1:18–31

John 12:20–36

Wednesday of Holy Week

Isaiah 50:4–9a

Psalm 70

Hebrews 12:1–3

John 13:21–32

Holy Thursday

Exodus 12:1–14

Psalm 116:1–4, 12–19

1 Corinthians 11:23–26

John 13:1–17, 31b-35

Good Friday

Isaiah 52:13–53:12

Psalm 22

Hebrews 10:16–25

John 18:1–19:42

Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil

Job 14:1-14

Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16

1 Peter 4:1-8

Matthew 27:57-66

Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of Our Lord

Acts 10:34-43

Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

John  20:1-18

A Story of Love

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son….” John 3:16

gather round
I have a story to tell
of one who reached inside himself
and took a handful of love
like a pile of stardust
and said: this is for you
it is all you need
it is all you will ever need
there is enough here
to change the whole world
take it

many laughed at him
mocked him
and ignored the invitation

but some dared to take it
and those who did
noticed something about this love
they found they could do what the gift-giver could do
they could stand with the lost
welcome the traveller
eat with the hungry
they found themselves doing what the man first did to them
give something of themselves to others
they became like the man
offering themselves
and as they offered themselves
others took the invitation
and many still do
and many still trust
it is enough to change the whole world

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Listening to the Stones.http://newkilpatrickblog.typepad.com/nk-blogging/mucky-paws/

 

A holy week of statement of faith

some shout hosanna
some shout crucify
some shout Jesus
some shout Barabbas
some wave palms
some shake their fists
today we choose…

some break bread
some break silence
some proclaim Jesus
some deny Jesus
some carry the cross
some run from the cross
today we choose…

some are angry
some rejoice
some anoint with costly perfume
some complain at the waste
some like the light
some prefer the shadows
today we choose…

some weep
some conspire
some follow
some hide
some believe
some betray
today we choose

to shout for life

to follow the cross

to break bread
to hold belief
to trust love
and tell the world
we choose to follow Jesus

 

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Listening to the Stones.http://newkilpatrickblog.typepad.com/nk-blogging/mucky-paws/  Used by permission.

Palm Sunday

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 19 – 25 March 2018

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

Sunday 25 March 2018 is the sixth Sunday of Lent (Palm Sunday)

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29    This is the processional psalm traditionally used on this day. As some may note, this psalm also provides the basis of the “Benedictus” (“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”) and the “Hosannas” in the Great Thanksgiving.

Philippians 2:5-11 The way of Jesus Christ — emptying himself, taking the form of a servant, accepting death on a Roman crucifix — is to be the way of life for the people who bear his name.

Mark 11:1-11. Mark’s story of the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. Note that in this version, no one waves palms. In fact, there are no palms at all. Instead we see the entourage with Jesus placing cloaks and “leafy branches” in front of Jesus’ colt as he makes his way through Jerusalem, sort of an impromptu, first-century “red carpet” treatment.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: God has chosen you and made you his holy people.  Colossians 3:12

Confession: “When you are praying, if you are angry with someone, forgive him so that you Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.  Matthew 11:25”.   This week in our confessions we examine our relationship with our fellow human beings. Each day we will look at a specific sin that may form a barrier between others and ourselves.  You are invited to allow God’s Spirit to examine your life and then come to God to begin or continue the process of healing. Today’s barrier: Jealousy.

The Word: See readings above or use own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Each day reflect on the words of this line of the Lord’s Prayer: “May your Kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Then think of our world, personal, local, international and pray as the Lord prompts 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: “And I will be with you always…” (The words of Christ: Matthew 28:20)  As you go through the day that is ahead of you know this truth: God is with you.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: I will praise the Lord at all times; his praise is always on my lips.  Psalm 34:1

Confession: “When you are praying, if you are angry with someone, forgive him so that you Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.  Matthew 11:25”.   This week in our confessions we examine our relationship with our fellow human beings. Each day we will look at a specific sin that may form a barrier between others and ourselves.  You are invited to allow God’s Spirit to examine your life and then come to God to begin or continue the process of healing. Today’s barrier: Pride.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day reflect on the words of this line of the Lord’s Prayer: “May your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Then think of our world, personal, local, international and pray as the Lord prompts you.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “And I will be with you always…” (The words of Christ: Matthew 28:20)  As you go through the day that is ahead of you know this truth: God is with you.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: My whole being praises the Lord. Psalm 34:2

Confession: “When you are praying, if you are angry with someone, forgive him so that you Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.  Matthew 11:25”.   This week in our confessions we examine our relationship with our fellow human beings. Each day we will look at a specific sin that may form a barrier between others and ourselves.  You are invited to allow God’s Spirit to examine your life and then come to God to begin or continue the process of healing. Today’s barrier: Fear.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day reflect on the words of this line of the Lord’s Prayer: “May your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Then think of our world, personal, local, international and pray as the Lord prompts you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “And I will be with you always…” (The words of Christ: Matthew 28:20)  As you go through the day that is ahead of you know this truth: God is with you.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Where can I go to get away from your Spirit?  Where can I run from you?  If I go up to the heavens, you are there.  If I lie down in the grave, you are there.  Psalm 139:7-8

Confession:  “When you are praying, if you are angry with someone, forgive him so that you Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.  Matthew 11:25”.   This week in our confessions we examine our relationship with our fellow human beings. Each day we will look at a specific sin that may form a barrier between others and ourselves.  You are invited to allow God’s Spirit to examine your life and then come to God to begin or continue the process of healing. Today’s barrier: Arrogance.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day reflect on the words of this line of the Lord’s Prayer: “May your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Then think of our world, personal, local, international and pray as the Lord prompts you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “And I will be with you always…” (The words of Christ: Matthew 28:20)  As you go through the day that is ahead of you know this truth: God is with you.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: You have been saved by God’s grace. Ephesians 2:5

Confession: “When you are praying, if you are angry with someone, forgive him so that you Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.  Matthew 11:25”.   This week in our confessions we examine our relationship with our fellow human beings. Each day we will look at a specific sin that may form a barrier between others and ourselves.  You are invited to allow God’s Spirit to examine your life and then come to God to begin or continue the process of healing. Today’s barrier: Overly independent.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day reflect on the words of this line of the Lord’s Prayer: “May your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Then think of our world, personal, local, international and pray as the Lord prompts you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “And I will be with you always…” (The words of Christ: Matthew 28:20)  As you go through the day that is ahead of you know this truth: God is with you.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: All living things look to you for food, and you give it to them at the right time.  You open your hand, and you satisfy all living things. Psalm 145:15-16

Confession: “When you are praying, if you are angry with someone, forgive him so that you Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.  Matthew 11:25”.   This week in our confessions we examine our relationship with our fellow human beings. Each day we will look at a specific sin that may form a barrier between others and ourselves.  You are invited to allow God’s Spirit to examine your life and then come to God to begin or continue the process of healing. Today’s barrier: Anger.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day reflect on the words of this line of the Lord’s Prayer: “May your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Then think of our world, personal, local, international and pray as the Lord prompts you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “And I will be with you always…” (The words of Christ: Matthew 28:20)  As you go through the day that is ahead of you know this truth: God is with you.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Then I heard all creatures in heaven and earth and under the earth and in the sea saying: “To the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power forever and ever.”  Revelation 5:13

Confession: “When you are praying, if you are angry with someone, forgive him so that you Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.  Matthew 11:25”.   This week in our confessions we examine our relationship with our fellow human beings. Each day we will look at a specific sin that may form a barrier between others and ourselves.  You are invited to allow God’s Spirit to examine your life and then come to God to begin or continue the process of healing. Today’s barrier: Being Judgemental.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day reflect on the words of this line of the Lord’s Prayer: “May your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Then think of our world, personal, local, international and pray as the Lord prompts you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “And I will be with you always…” (The words of Christ: Matthew 28:20)  As you go through the day that is ahead of you know this truth: God is with you.

The glory of the cross

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 12 -18 March 2018

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

Sunday 18 March 2018 is the fifth Sunday of Lent.

Jeremiah 31:31-34. God’s new covenant requires no stone tablets. It will be a covenant written in the people’s hearts, informing everything in their whole lives.

Psalm 51:1-12. A reprise of the confession of sin from Ash Wednesday. Today the focus is verse 6 — “therefore, teach me wisdom in my secret heart.”

Hebrews 5:5-10. Jesus is our great high priest by God’s appointment and made perfect through his obedience and suffering.

John 12:20-33.  Jesus tells Phillip and Andrew that the time for his glorification; i.e., his execution is drawing near and that those who serve him will be found with him wherever he leads or goes. God ratifies the message with a sound from heaven, which Jesus interprets as a sign that the present spiritual regime’s days are about to come to an end.

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 the Revised Common Lectionary readings above or your own scripture reading plan.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: 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 by 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: Lord, we pray for all who have crossed boundaries and reached out to people different from themselves.  We pray that we may learn from their compassion and care.

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 by your hand.  We ask it for your name’s sake.  (Source unknown)

Wednesday:

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: We pray for all who have crossed boundaries and shared their faith and witnessed in difficult circumstances.  We pray that we may learn from their conviction and calling.

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 by 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: We pray for all who have crossed boundaries and cared for the poor and those lacking resources.  We pray that we may learn from their concern and generosity.

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 by 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 at those of other races through hardened eyes, give us your eyes of love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for those who have crossed boundaries and have cared for and loved those of another generation.  We pray that we may learn from their empathy.

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 by 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: We pray for those who have crossed boundaries and have learnt to give with a generous spirit.  Pray that we may learn from their sense of self-sacrifice.

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 by 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:  We pray for all who have crossed boundaries and learnt to worship God.  Pray that we may learn from their ability to look beyond themselves to see the greatness 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 by your hand.  We ask it for your name’s sake.  (Source unknown)