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We’re expecting!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 26 November – 2 December2018

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

Sunday 2 December  is the first Sunday of the Advent: We are expecting!

 (These readings lead us into the season of Advent: Expecting the Lord who comes to us!)

Jeremiah 33:14-16.  “The days are coming when I will fulfill the promise,” the prophet tells the people of Judah in exile in Babylon. The promise is for a leader, a “righteous branch” from the house of David, to bring justice and righteousness to the land then lying in ruins. This promised leader would later be known in Judaism as “Messiah,” and the reign he would establish, “the messianic age.”

Psalm 25:1-10  Reflecting on this psalm, pray and hear in the voice of those in exile who have waited and still wait. In your waiting, confess with them the need for God to sustain you daily, to cleanse you from sin, and lead you in paths of righteousness here and now.

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13. Today’s reading flows as a kind of a blessing in response to the Psalm. In Jesus, the love and righteousness longed for have been provided. In the community called church, such love and righteousness may not only abound but continue to make us perfect in holiness until the final coming of Christ.

 Luke 21:25-36. The signs of the end Jesus announces look different from what the folks who first heard Jeremiah’s prophecy may have expected. In the immediately preceding verses, Jerusalem is destroyed, not “established forever.” It is worldwide suffering accompanied by unstoppable cataclysm, not the progressive development of a golden age of “peace on earth, goodwill to men,” that marks the promised redemption. Don’t be lulled, Jesus warns! Stay awake and alert to suffering; that’s where you’ll see God’s reign coming in power, beginning now.

This week we focus on living with Christ as our King:

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Christ our King reigns over all things,

Confession: Christ our King we now examine how we allow your reign to be expressed in our lives; both our personal lives and also our lives shared together as a body of Christ with you as our head.  In this we seek to follow your example: Your reign sought not your own will but the Fathers will. Can we say with Christ: Not my will but yours?

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus:  Pray for specific areas where God’s reign needs to be expressed more clearly.  His reign brings love, peace, righteousness, justice, provision, faith, light…   Pray the fruits of God’s reign into a new situation each day.  Allow God’s Spirit to guide you as to what you need to pray for.

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: You first in our lives: Reign King Jesus reign!

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Christ our King created all things.

Confession: Christ our King we now examine how we allow your reign to be expressed in our lives; both our personal lives and also our lives shared together as a body of Christ with you as our head.  In this we seek to follow your example: Your reign found purpose and mission in being sent.  Can we say with you: As the Father has sent me?

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for specific areas where God’s reign needs to be expressed more clearly.  His reign brings love, peace, righteousness, justice, provision, faith, light…   Pray the fruits of God’s reign into a new situation each day.  Allow God’s Spirit to guide you as to what you need to pray for.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: You first in our lives: Reign King Jesus reign!

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Christ our King holds all things together.

Confession: Christ our King we now examine how we allow your reign to be expressed in our lives; both our personal lives and also our lives shared together as a body of Christ with you as our head.  In this we seek to follow your example: Your reign seeks salvation and wholeness for all.  Can we say with you: I come not to condemn but to seek God’s salvation?

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for specific areas where God’s reign needs to be expressed more clearly.  His reign brings love, peace, righteousness, justice, provision, faith, light…   Pray the fruits of God’s reign into a new situation each day.  Allow God’s Spirit to guide you as to what you need to pray for.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: You first in our lives: Reign King Jesus reign!

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: In Christ our King, all things (including us) find their completion and place.

Confession: Christ our King we now examine how we allow your reign to be expressed in our lives; both our personal lives and also our lives shared together as a body of Christ with you as our head.  In this we seek to follow your example: Your reign expresses sacrificial love: a love that pours out itself for others. Can we say with you:  I came not to be served but to serve and give my life…

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for specific areas where God’s reign needs to be expressed more clearly.  His reign brings love, peace, righteousness, justice, provision, faith, light…   Pray the fruits of God’s reign into a new situation each day.  Allow God’s Spirit to guide you as to what you need to pray for.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: You first in our lives: Reign King Jesus reign!

Friday:

Adoration Focus: As we bow before Christ our King we find that He is perfectly trustworthy.

Confession: Christ our King we now examine how we allow your reign to be expressed in our lives; both our personal lives and also our lives shared together as a body of Christ with you as our head.  In this we seek to follow your example: Your reign has declared; everything for the Father’s glory!  Can we say with you: I live to bring glory to the Father?

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for specific areas where God’s reign needs to be expressed more clearly.  His reign brings love, peace, righteousness, justice, provision, faith, light…   Pray the fruits of God’s reign into a new situation each day.  Allow God’s Spirit to guide you as to what you need to pray for.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: You first in our lives: Reign King Jesus reign!

Saturday:

Adoration Focus:  Christ our King is the suffering servant: He lays down his life for all the world.

Confession: Christ our King we now examine how we allow your reign to be expressed in our lives; both our personal lives and also our lives shared together as a body of Christ with you as our head.  In this we seek to follow your example: You are the originator of all that we are.  May all that we think and do find its beginning in your prompting.

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for specific areas where God’s reign needs to be expressed more clearly.  His reign brings love, peace, righteousness, justice, provision, faith, light…   Pray the fruits of God’s reign into a new situation each day.  Allow God’s Spirit to guide you as to what you need to pray for.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: You first in our lives: Reign King Jesus reign!

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Let us worship Christ the King!

Confession: Christ our King we now examine how we allow your reign to be expressed in our lives; both our personal lives and also our lives shared together as a body of Christ with you as our head.  In this we seek to follow your example:  May all our actions and words express your heart.  And in our moment of rest may we know that you are the completion of all things.

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for specific areas where God’s reign needs to be expressed more clearly.  His reign brings love, peace, righteousness, justice, provision, faith, light…   Pray the fruits of God’s reign into a new situation each day.  Allow God’s Spirit to guide you as to what you need to pray for.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: You first in our lives: Reign King Jesus reign!

 

Christ the King!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 12 – 18 November 2018

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

Sunday 25 November is the final Sunday of the Christian Year: Christ the King!

 2 Samuel 23:1-7David’s final song: “One who rules over the people justly… is like the light of the morning, the rising sun of a cloudless morning glistening off the dew.”

Psalm 132:1-5, 11-12A plea to God to remember David’s devotion in wishing to build a temple for God and God’s promise to sustain David’s line if his descendants kept God’s covenant.

Revelation 1:4b-8. The opening salutation to John’s vision: “Grace to you from the one who was, and is and is to come, and from the seven spirits … and from Jesus Christ, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.”

John 18:33-37. Jesus answers the charge that some call him “King of the Jews”: “My kingdom is not from this world.”

 This week: Our adoration focus is based on a prayer edited by Neil Dixon in “Companion to the Lectionary.”  The prayers of intercession are based on a prayer in “The Methodist Service Book.”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, source of power and love, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession: This week we focus on defences, barriers, and excuses; things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today: Fears

The Word: See above readings or use your own devotional aids.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Hear us, Lord God, as we pray for your one holy Church: make us all one, so that the world may believe.

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)

Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, source of forgiveness and hope, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession: This week we focus on defences, barriers, excuses, things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today: Hidden hurts.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you: grant that your name may be glorified by all people.

Personal prayers

Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, shown to us in Jesus your Son, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession: This week we focus on defences, barriers, excuses; things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today: Not wanting to let go…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Guide and strengthen all ministers of your gospel: make them faithful in your service.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, constantly present in our lives by your Spirit, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession: This week we focus on defences, barriers, excuses; things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today:  Things we value more than God…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Inspire and lead all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world: establish justice and peace among all people.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, ceaselessly working in human history, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession

The Word: This week we focus on defences, barriers, excuses; things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today:  Timing: not at the moment Lord…

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Have compassion on all who suffer from any sickness, grief or trouble: deliver them from their distress.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, head of your Church, guide of your people, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession: This week we focus on defences, barriers, excuses; things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today: What about others? Surely not me!

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Give us courage to do your will in all that we undertake: reveal the life of Christ within us.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Ever-living God, lover of our souls, all praise and glory belongs to you.

Confession: This week we focus on defences, barriers, excuses; things we hold on to that keep us from full life in Christ.  Today:  I’m not that bad…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  We praise you for all your saints who have entered your eternal glory: bring us all to share in your heavenly kingdom.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse:   “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

Don’t be too impressed!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 12 – 18 November 2018

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

Sunday 18 November is the twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Samuel 1:4-20. A barren woman named Hannah, whose husband has two wives, prays for a child while the other wife despises her.

Canticle of response: 1 Samuel 2:1-10.  “The Song of Hannah.”

Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25.  Christ’s self-offering in obedience to God throughout his life in the face of suffering and death enables us to appear before God without shame. It also emboldens us to offer ourselves as witnesses to God’s salvation through love and good deeds now and until the end of the age.

Mark 13:1-8. The disciples express their awe at the size of the renovated temple campus. Jesus declares it will all be destroyed, but that his disciples should live fearlessly and ignore all claimants to messiahship during those days.

In our adoration and confessional focus this week we follow a suggestion from “Signposts to Spirituality” by Trevor Hudson.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?”” Possible focus: in God’s embrace.

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance today/tomorrow?”  Thought: cleansing

The Word: Use the readings suggested above or your own scripture reading plan.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for your own life: how is God seeking to send 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)

Transforming Verse: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”  (Romans 8:16 NIV)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?”” Possible focus: food for the hungry.

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?” Thought: A new beginning…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for your church. Pray for a specific part of its life of service.

Personal Prayers:

Transforming Verse: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”  (Romans 8:16 NIV)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?”” Possible focus: leading, guiding prompting, gentle whispers.

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Thought: Breathe in and out, deeply, slowly…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for ministers of the Gospel that they may lead while following Christ.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”  (Romans 8:16 NIV)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?”” Possible focus: awesome glory.

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Thought: Let God’s Spirit fill you…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for your wider church body or denomination, that it may reach out in Christ’s name.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”  (Romans 8:16 NIV)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?”” Possible focus: comforting, councelling, healing.

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Thought: Walk in step with God’s Spirit; find a new rhythm…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for all who are struggling to see themselves as empowered to serve God.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”  (Romans 8:16 NIV)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?”” Possible focus: forgiving, restoring.

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Thought: Find a new centre out of which to live…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for all who are facing opposition and hardship in their service of God.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”  (Romans 8:16 NIV)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?”” Possible focus: in community, through others, a warm touch.

Confession:  “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Thought: Bow/kneel before your God and worship…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for that in your worship you might serve God by lifting up his name.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”  (Romans 8:16 NIV)