Monthly Archives: January 2019

Love is…

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 28 January – 3 February 2019

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

Sunday 27 January is the fourth Sunday after Epiphany. 

Jeremiah 1:4-10:   The Lord calls Jeremiah as a youth: “To pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

Psalm response — Psalm 71:1-6Words that could represent both Jeremiah’s and our lifelong response to God’s call.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13:  A song or poem celebrating divine love, the heartbeat of every gift of the Spirit.

Luke 4:21-30:   The violent response to Jesus’ sermon in Nazareth.

 Monday:

Adoration Focus: God is good all the time, and all the time God is good. (A song of praise)

Confession: (Our confessions this week are by Neil Dixon)  Lord God, we confess that we have stifled your Spirit within us. You have sent your Spirit of love, but we have preferred to hate those who oppose us. Lord, teach us how much we need the power of your Spirit in our lives and breathe new life into us.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the people of our world.  We rejoice together in the people of the world and we pray that they may know the freedom to be all that God has created them to be.

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: (A prayer prayed while pruning a tree) I pray Thee, Lord, to purge me and take away my selfishness and sinful thoughts, that I may bring forth more fruits of the Spirit. (Prayer of a Chinese Christian man)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Lord of all being, throned afar, Thy glory flames from sun and star; center and soul of every sphere, Yet to each loving heart how near.  (Methodist Hymn Book 32)

Confession: Lord God, we confess that we have stifled your Spirit within us. You have sent your Spirit of joy, but we have taken your gifts for granted and been ungrateful. Lord, teach us how much we need the power of your Spirit in our lives and breathe new life into us.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we thank God for the people of our church and rejoice in their gifting and pray that they may be encouraged in their work for the Lord.

Dedication: (A prayer prayed while pruning a tree) I pray Thee, Lord, to purge me and take away my selfishness and sinful thoughts, that I may bring forth more fruits of the Spirit. (Prayer of a Chinese Christian man)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Come let us all unite and sing – God is love! (MHB 22)

Confession: Lord God, we confess that we have stifled your Spirit within us. You have sent your Spirit of peace, but we have allowed our selfishness to cause division and disharmony. Lord, teach us how much we need the power of your Spirit in our lives and breathe new life into us.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray for all people  who live in oppressive circumstances. Pray that they may know the power to be set free from these shackles.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: (A prayer prayed while pruning a tree) I pray Thee, Lord, to purge me and take away my selfishness and sinful thoughts, that I may bring forth more fruits of the Spirit. (Prayer of a Chinese Christian man)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: The trumpets sound, the angels sing, the feast is ready to begin.  The gates of heaven are open wide and Jesus welcomes you inside.  (A song of praise)

Confession: Lord God, we confess that we have stifled your Spirit within us. You have sent your Spirit of patience, but we have been worried and anxious when we have not seen immediate results from our efforts, or evidence of your love. Lord, teach us how much we need the power of your Spirit in our lives and breathe new life into us.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray for people who are victims of violence and are in difficult circumstances.  We pray for insight, bravery and support.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: (A prayer prayed while pruning a tree) I pray Thee, Lord, to purge me and take away my selfishness and sinful thoughts, that I may bring forth more fruits of the Spirit. (Prayer of a Chinese Christian man)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: My life is in you Lord, My strength is in you Lord, My hope is in you Lord, in You, it’s in You.  (A song of praise)

Confession: Lord God, we confess that we have stifled your Spirit within us. You have sent your Spirit of kindness, but we have been indifferent to other people’s needs. Lord, teach us how much we need the power of your Spirit in our lives and breathe new life into us.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for any particular situation that you may be led to pray for as you reflect on the people of this world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: (A prayer prayed while pruning a tree) I pray Thee, Lord, to purge me and take away my selfishness and sinful thoughts, that I may bring forth more fruits of the Spirit. (Prayer of a Chinese Christian man)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: King of glory, King of peace, I will love Thee;… (MHB 23)

Confession: Lord God, we confess that we have stifled your Spirit within us. You have sent your Spirit of goodness, but through our thoughtlessness, as well as our deliberate wrongdoing, we have sinned. Lord, teach us how much we need the power of your Spirit in our lives and breathe new life into us.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray for husbands and wives and different family structures (e.g. single parent families)  Think also of those who are to be married this Saturday.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: (A prayer prayed while pruning a tree) I pray Thee, Lord, to purge me and take away my selfishness and sinful thoughts, that I may bring forth more fruits of the Spirit. (Prayer of a Chinese Christian man)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Saviour like a shepherd lead us; Much we need Thy tender care. (MHB 609)

Confession: Lord God, we confess that we have stifled your Spirit within us. You have sent your Spirit of faithfulness but we have been fickle in our resolve, unreliable disciples of Jesus.  Lord, teach us how much we need the power of your Spirit in our lives and breathe new life into us.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  Lift up your prayers for the peoples of this world as you gather for worship today!

Personal prayers:

Dedication: (A prayer prayed while pruning a tree) I pray Thee, Lord, to purge me and take away my selfishness and sinful thoughts, that I may bring forth more fruits of the Spirit. (Prayer of a Chinese Christian man)

Reading the Word.

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 21 – 27 January 2019

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

Sunday 27 January is the third Sunday after Epiphany Sunday.

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Ezra, Nehemiah, and a group of Levites read aloud from Torah, interpret the reading, and call the gathered people to a day of celebration. The celebration includes sharing with those who have no one to prepare a celebratory meal.

Psalm response — Psalm 19  A hymn in praise of Torah, joined by all creation.

1 Corinthians 12:12-31a Paul reminds a divided community that the differences in the ways the Spirit’s gifts operate in each one are intended to sustain the community’s functioning as one body.

Luke 4:14-21 Jesus reads and interprets from the scroll of Isaiah, announcing that the words he has read are now fulfilled: “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor…”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Revelation 1:8  “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Confession: In your confessions this week you are encouraged to journey with the following prayer.  Pray it each day thoughtfully and slowly noting what the Spirit of God brings to the surface for you.  ”Merciful God, I confess to you that I have sinned.  I confess the sins no one knows about, and the sins that everyone knows about.  I confess the sins which I carry as a burden, and those which no longer bother me because I have grown used to them.  I confess my failure to love, my failure to forgive, my failure to serve.  Father forgive me.  Send your Holy Spirit that He may give me the power to live as You have called me to live.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.”

The Word: Use the readings above or use your own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: O Christ be with all who face death today in fear or loneliness.

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 Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Revelation 2:8 These are the words of him who is the first and the last, who died and came to life again.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: O Christ be with all who face change today in fear or loneliness.

Dedication: O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Revelation 4:11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by you will they were created and have their being.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: O Christ be with all who face rejection today in fear or loneliness.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Revelation 5:12  “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength…”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: O Christ be with all who face a long journey today in fear or loneliness.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Revelation 7:10 “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne and to the Lamb.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: O Christ be with all who face surgery today in fear or loneliness.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Revelation 15:3 “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty.  Just and true are your ways, King of the ages.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: O Christ be with all who face people today in fear or loneliness.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Revelation 16:7 “Yes, Lord Almighty, true and just are your judgments.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: O Christ be with all who face life today in fear or loneliness.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)

God the ultimate transformer!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 14 – 20 January 2019

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

Sunday 20 January is the second Sunday after Epiphany Sunday.

 Isaiah 62:1-5   Return from exile is not the final goal of God’s salvation. God intends to make the restored Israel “a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,” a sign that the LORD has chosen and “married” this people.

Psalm response — Psalm 36:5-10. The joyful response of a people who are experiencing the results of God’s promise in Isaiah.

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 The first of a series of readings in chapters 12 and 13. This week: “Spiritual Gifts 101– Many Gifts, One Spirit.”

John 2:1-11.  Jesus turns water poured into empty purification jars into wine for a wedding in Cana, the first of the “signs” in John’s gospel.

 Thought for the week: “Therefore, it is a good thing to let prayer be the first business of the morning and the last of the evening.  Guard yourself carefully against such false and deceitful thoughts that keep whispering: Wait awhile.  In an hour or so I will pray.  I must first finish this of that.  Thinking such thoughts, we get away from prayer into business that will hold us and involve us till the prayer of the day comes to naught.” (Martin Luther.)

Monday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 12:7) O Lord, you will keep us safe and protect us…

Confession: Lord, I have used my tongue as a weapon of destruction.  I have spoken words that break down and do not build up.  I have despised my heart that has not been able to silence my tongue.  Forgive me and fill me with your words and your heart that seeks for the best for all.

The Word: Use readings above own devotional readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for your families.  How is God prompting you to pray?

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:  God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 11:7) For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice…

Confession: Lord, I am part of a people. I am part of a community that fall far short of your Kingdom ideals.  Forgive us I pray and enable us to realise that your Kingdom is among us.  Fill us with your justice, righteousness and peace.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for the mission of the church.  Think of evangelism, church unity and community development. How is God prompting you to pray?

Dedication: God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 10:16) The Lord is king forever and ever…

Confession: Lord forgive me when I desire peace but am not prepared to sacrifice and serve in building peace.  Lord help me to follow where you have led and to give myself that others may live in fullness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray for the needy, the suffering, the poor, and the oppressed.  How is God prompting you to pray?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 9:1) I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.

Confession: Lord forgive me when I make your grace a “cheap” commercial product.  Help me to journey below the surface froth and bubble.  Help me to go deeper.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray for other churches. Think of your own denomination churches, of other denominations.  How is God prompting you to pray?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

Friday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 8:1) O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is you name in all the earth!

Confession: Lord, I have neglected the gifts you have given me.  Some have atrophied.  Sometimes and lack of confidence has paralysed me, sometimes I have been caught up in struggle, sometimes I have been lazy.  Lord I pray that I may thank you for your gift that you have given and that I may use them for your glory.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today  pray for your country and its people.  Think of Christian citizenship, of justice, peace and reconciliation.  How is God prompting you to pray?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 7:10) My shield is God most high…

Confession: Lord, forgive me for my sins of neglect.   Those things that I have not done where You have prompted me into action.  When you speak help me to act.  Help me to develop a habit of listening and responding.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray for those who face death.  Think of those who have died, for the bereaved and the sorrowful.  How is God prompting you to pray?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 6:9) The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.

Confession: Forgive me Lord, when I have been difficult to live with.  Forgive me when I have not carried my share of the load.  Forgive me when I have accepted unjust roles just because they have prospered my own comfort and interests.  Help me to make space for and to care for others.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  Today we pray for our worship services. Think of those seeking faith.  How is God prompting you to pray?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen