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Anointed for death

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Devotional Diary 1 – 7 April 2019

7 April is the fifth Sunday in Lent.

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

Suggestion: Read one reading each day for the first days of the week and then return to any that you feel draw to on the remaining days.

Isaiah 43:16-21.God does a new thing. Springs burst forth in the desert, and the world’s strongest military power is paralyzed.

Psalm 126.

Philippians 3:4b-14. No accomplishments or faults of the past compare to knowing Christ Jesus our Lord in the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings.

John 12:1-8. Mary anoints Jesus at Bethany. Judas protests, using Jesus’ own teaching about caring for the poor against him. Jesus rebukes Judas with words pointing to the uniqueness of his presence and of this occasion that called forth the very response Mary had made.

 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 in your confessions reflect each day on this prayer: “Lord, make me according to thy heart.” (Brother Lawrence 1611 – 1691)  As you reflect on these words discern how God would offer you His gift of transformation day by day.

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

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)

Dedication: Jesus, purify my heart; teach me to speak and act, not for my glory but for your glory. (IBRA Notes)

 Tuesday:

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

Confession: This week in your confessions reflect each day on this prayer: “Lord, make me according to thy heart.” (Brother Lawrence 1611 – 1691)  As you reflect on these words discern how God would offer you His gift of transformation day by day.

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

Dedication: Jesus, purify my heart; teach me to speak and act, not for my glory but for your glory. (IBRA Notes)

Wednesday:

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

Confession: This week in your confessions reflect each day on this prayer: “Lord, make me according to thy heart.” (Brother Lawrence 1611 – 1691)  As you reflect on these words discern how God would offer you His gift of transformation day by day.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

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

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Jesus, purify my heart; teach me to speak and act, not for my glory but for your glory. (IBRA Notes)

Thursday:

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

Confession: This week in your confessions reflect each day on this prayer: “Lord, make me according to thy heart.” (Brother Lawrence 1611 – 1691)  As you reflect on these words discern how God would offer you His gift of transformation day by day.

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:

Dedication: Jesus, purify my heart; teach me to speak and act, not for my glory but for your glory. (IBRA Notes)

Friday:

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

Confession: This week in your confessions reflect each day on this prayer: “Lord, make me according to thy heart.” (Brother Lawrence 1611 – 1691)  As you reflect on these words discern how God would offer you His gift of transformation day by day.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

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

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Jesus, purify my heart; teach me to speak and act, not for my glory but for your glory. (IBRA Notes)

Saturday:

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

Confession: This week in your confessions reflect each day on this prayer: “Lord, make me according to thy heart.” (Brother Lawrence 1611 – 1691)  As you reflect on these words discern how God would offer you His gift of transformation day by day.

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:

Dedication: Jesus, purify my heart; teach me to speak and act, not for my glory but for your glory. (IBRA Notes)

Sunday:

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

Confession: This week in your confessions reflect each day on this prayer: “Lord, make me according to thy heart.” (Brother Lawrence 1611 – 1691)  As you reflect on these words discern how God would offer you His gift of transformation day by day.

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:

Dedication: Jesus, purify my heart; teach me to speak and act, not for my glory but for your glory. (IBRA Notes)

 

A loving Father

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 25 – 31 March 2019

31 March is the fourth Sunday in Lent.

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

 Joshua 5:9-12. The “disgrace of Egypt” is rolled away. On the day after the Passover, the people are able to feast from the fruit of the land.

Psalm 32.  A sung confession of sin, disgrace, and God’s prodigal mercy cleanses and heals us.

2 Corinthians 5:16-21. In Christ, God was reconciling the world, not counting our trespasses, and makes those in Christ “ministers of reconciliation.”

Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32. The story of a prodigal Father, the wandering and repentance of a younger son and a resentful firstborn brother. 

Monday:

Adoration Focus: O Lord of life, Thy quickening voice awakes my morning song; In gladsome words I would rejoice that I to Thee belong. (Methodist Hymn Book 930)

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:  See readings above or use your own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we focus on some issues that face our land and world.  In most of these areas we need to grow in Kingdom of God ways of praying and not simply pray out of fear and anger (although these need to be acknowledged). Each day we will suggest an area and you are invited to ask God how He would have you pray into it.    Today’s concern: Morality.

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: LEAD ME LORD I PRAY; TAKE ME, MOULD ME, USE ME, FILL ME; I GIVE MY LIFE TO THE POTTER’S HAND; CALL ME, GUIDE ME, LEAD ME, WALK BESIDE ME, I GIVE MYSELF TO THE POTTER’S HAND  (A Song of dedication)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: O love, how deep, how broad, how high!  It fill the heart with ecstasy, that God, the son of God, should take our mortal form, for mortals’ sake. (MHB 62)

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: See Monday’s focus.  Today’s concern: Aids.

Shared Focus:

Dedication: LEAD ME LORD I PRAY; TAKE ME, MOULD ME, USE ME, FILL ME; I GIVE MY LIFE TO THE POTTER’S HAND; CALL ME, GUIDE ME, LEAD ME, WALK BESIDE ME, I GIVE MYSELF TO THE POTTER’S HAND  (A Song of dedication)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus:  High in the heavens, eternal God, Thy goodness in full glory shines; Thy truth shall break through every cloud that veils and darkens Thy designs. (MHB 48)

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: See Monday’s focus.  Today’s concern: Crime.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: LEAD ME LORD I PRAY; TAKE ME, MOULD ME, USE ME, FILL ME; I GIVE MY LIFE TO THE POTTER’S HAND; CALL ME, GUIDE ME, LEAD ME, WALK BESIDE ME, I GIVE MYSELF TO THE POTTER’S HAND  (A song of dedication)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Father like He tends and spares us, well our feeble frame He knows; In his hands He gently bears, rescues us from all our foes. (MHB 12)

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: See Monday’s focus.  Today’s concern: Corruption.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: LEAD ME LORD I PRAY; TAKE ME, MOULD ME, USE ME, FILL ME; I GIVE MY LIFE TO THE POTTER’S HAND; CALL ME, GUIDE ME, LEAD ME, WALK BESIDE ME, I GIVE MYSELF TO THE POTTER’S HAND  (A song of dedication)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Earth rejoice, our Lord is King! Sons of men, His praises sing; Sing ye in triumphant strains, Jesus the Messiah reigns!  (MHB246)

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

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.  Today’s concern: Violence.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: LEAD ME LORD I PRAY; TAKE ME, MOULD ME, USE ME, FILL ME; I GIVE MY LIFE TO THE POTTER’S HAND; CALL ME, GUIDE ME, LEAD ME, WALK BESIDE ME, I GIVE MYSELF TO THE POTTER’S HAND  (A song of dedication)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Born Thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King, Born to reign in us for ever, now Thy gracious kingdom bring. (MHB 242)

Confession: Lord, forgive me for my sins of neglect.   Those things which 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: See Monday’s focus.  Today’s concern:  Prejudice and racism.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: LEAD ME LORD I PRAY; TAKE ME, MOULD ME, USE ME, FILL ME; I GIVE MY LIFE TO THE POTTER’S HAND; CALL ME, GUIDE ME, LEAD ME, WALK BESIDE ME, I GIVE MYSELF TO THE POTTER’S HAND  (A song of dedication)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: I sing the almighty power of God, that made the mountains rise, that spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies.  (MHB 46)

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: See Monday’s focus.  Today’s concern:  Unemployment and economic empowerment.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: LEAD ME LORD I PRAY; TAKE ME, MOULD ME, USE ME, FILL ME; I GIVE MY LIFE TO THE POTTER’S HAND; CALL ME, GUIDE ME, LEAD ME, WALK BESIDE ME, I GIVE MYSELF TO THE POTTER’S HAND  (A song of dedication)

Time to repent

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 18 – 24 March 2019

24 March is the third Sunday in Lent.

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

 Isaiah 55:1-9. A prophetic song in which God promises mercy, pardon, and abundant provision to those who repent and trust in God.

Psalm 63:1-8.  A Psalm of trust. “My soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you … my soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, my mouth praises you with joyful lips.” This psalm enables the congregation to sing and pray with deep physicality in response to the offer of abundant provision for all who will repent and trust in God.

1 Corinthians 10:1-13.  The pattern of the baptized life is to be one of continual repentance, trusting that God will not test us beyond our strength.

Luke 13:1-9. Time is available for repentance and response — the fig tree and the gardener.

This week: Our adoration focus reflects on Psalm 8.  We continue with our 21-day cycle of confession.  In our shared prayer focus we pray for people we know who are involved in certain professions and work. 

Monday:

Adoration Focus: O Lord, our Lord, your greatness is seen in all the world!  (Psalm 8:1)

Confession: Lord forgive me when I rely only on my own strength and I ignore your call to share in the richness of your infinite resources.  Help me to “plug-in” and to live out of your power.

The Word: Use readings above or your own devotional aids.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is in the police force.

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:  “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: O Lord, our Lord…Your praise reaches up to the heavens… (Psalm 8:1)

Confession: Lord forgive me when I fill my life with hurry and never touch base with your order and love.  Help me to listen to your breathing and to be filled with your breath.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is in the government.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: When I look at the sky, which you have made… what is man that you think of him?  (Psalm 8:3+4)

Confession: Lord forgive me when I live only for what I can get.  Lord, I find it so hard not to get swallowed by the spirit of materialism, and sometimes I don’t even recognise that I am guided by its ethics.  Set me free that I may be guided by your values.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is involved in children’s work.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: When I look at the… moon and stars, which you set in their places – what is… mere man that you care for him? (Psalm 8:3+4)

Confession: Lord, I do not have a firm faith, at times I doubt and am unable to trust you. O Lord strengthen my faith I pray that I may find my peace in you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is involved in adult education.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: What is man… Yet you made him inferior only to yourself… (Psalm 8:4+5)

Confession: Lord, I am so reluctant to actively witness to your glory.  Lord forgive me and show me how to witness in loving and creative ways.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is in the healing profession.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: What is man… you crowned him with glory and honour. You appointed him ruler over everything you made…(Psalm 8:4,5+6)

Confession: Lord I am so self-focused I find it difficult to praise others and even to really lose myself in my praise of you.  Forgive me Lord and give my heart wings to rise up in praise.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is involved in the farming industry.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: O Lord, our Lord, your greatness is seen in all the world! (Psalm 8:9)

Confession: Lord you have said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God.”  I have sought first my own kingdom.  Forgive me and help me to have Godly priorities.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  Pray for someone you know who is in the ordained ministry.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.