Monthly Archives: November 2019

Any moment now!

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Devotional Diary 24 – 1 December 2019

1 December is the first Sunday of Advent.

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

 Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

 Isaiah 2:1-5  Out of the house of the Lord shall come wisdom and instruction, and all nations will convert their weapons of war into implements for sustaining life.

Psalm 122 A psalm rejoicing in Jerusalem, a foretaste of what Isaiah prophesies.

Romans 13:11-14  Salvation draws ever nearer, so live in the fullness of Christ, freed from the power of sinful desires.

Matthew 24:36-44.  The coming of the Son of Man will be a surprise, so stay on the lookout!

Monday:

Adoration Focus: My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure. (Psalm 71:15)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: O Holy Spirit, knowing the deep things of God: move in the depths of my being…

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the “hungry” in our world.  Our intercessions are based on a prayer by Christine Odell.  Today we pray for those who hunger for the necessities of life: food, homes, warm clothing…

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 Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds…(Psalm 68:4)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: Fire of the Spirit burn all that is not holy…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday.  Today we pray for those who hunger for healing.  We pray for the depressed, the injured, the dying, the diseased…

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: …you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. (Psalm 67:4)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: Fire of the Spirit generate within us fire…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday.  Today we pray for those who hunger for peace.  We pray for countries, for homes where there is stress and aggression, for those who cannot sleep at night.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name. (Psalm 66:4)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: Fire of the Spirit Inflame us with love…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray for those who hunger for love. For rejected children, for the elderly who have lost companions, for those who consider themselves unlovable…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Saviour,…(Psalm 65:5)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: Wind of the Spirit breathe in us thy gentleness…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday.  Today we pray for those who hunger for a fair chance in life.  For the child deprived of opportunity, for those caught in a situation from which they see no escape …

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Because you are my help, I will sing in the shadow of your wings. (Psalm 63:7)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: Wind of the Spirit!  Blow in thy strength…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday.  Today we pray for those who hunger for God.  For those who feel lost, who pray without hope, who have no sense of Godly comfort, those who are tired and without purpose…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. (Psalm 62:11,12a)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: O Holy Spirit, author of holiness: sanctify my spirit.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday.  Today we pray for all those who hunger deep in their souls, that they may be fed with the Bread of Life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

The reign of Christ!

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Devotional Diary 18 – 24 November 2019

24 November is the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King Sunday

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

 Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

 Jeremiah 23:1-6. God rejects the bad shepherds (kings) of Israel/Judah who scatter the flock. God promises to raise up good kings and a branch in the line of David to rule in righteousness.

Luke 1:68-79The Song of Zechariah.

Colossians 1:11-20. A hymn of praise to Christ the King of all.

Luke 23:33-43Jesus of Nazareth, “King of the Jews,” is crucified.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:3 …may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.

Confession: This week we focus on how we have thought that we have known better than Christ our King.  The times we have sought to control our own destinies and have ended up in trouble.  We so often ignore the Master Potters words.  Focus on ways that you have marred the pot that is your life and bring it out of the darkness into God’s light for transformation.  Hear his words of life: What is he saying to you?  How can you better reflect the glory of his light in your unique life?

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Pray for the gift of God’s guidance for someone who is losing his or her way.

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, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:4 Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for the gift of God’s peace for someone who is troubled.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:4…his name is the Lord…rejoice before him.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who needs God’s reassurance.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is suffering, emotionally or physically.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 67:20 Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for your local town that God’s life and love may continue to bring the gift of transformation to all its peoples.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 68:34 Proclaim the power of God … whose power is in the skies,

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that God may prepare all his people to be particularly receptive to the Word as it is preached tomorrow.  Pray that that Word may bring them the gift of God’s life and love.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 68:26 Praise God in the great congregation; praise the Lord in the assembly…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that we may catch the visions and dreams that God has for us both as people and as communities.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay.  Mould me and make me, this is what I pray. “ (A Christian song)

A whole new world!

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Devotional Diary 11 – 17 November 2019

17 November is the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost.

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

 Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Isaiah 65:17-25. A prophecy of an entirely new world order inaugurated by God in which infant mortality is ended, everyone works and enjoys the fruit of his/her labor, and “They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain.”

Isaiah 12.  Giving thanks to God for his wonderful deeds!

2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 (3rd of 3 weeks).Paul instructs the Christians in Thessalonica on the importance of work and avoiding the creation of an “idle class,” whether rich or poor.

Luke 21:5-19. Jesus foretells of the destruction of the Temple, warns against being misled by alarmists, and anticipates dreadful times in which his followers must bear witness and will be given words, wisdom, and power to endure by the Holy Spirit.

This week we focus on creation, our Adoration focus includes a longer Psalm focusing on the glory of creation. Remember the Westminster Confession tells us that God created the world “for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom and goodness.”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 8

Confession: This week in our confessions we focus on two responses to the God who tends his people:  The first: Ask yourself in what ways you need to allow your heart to be more open to God’s tending and care?  The second: In what ways is God calling you to express God’s care and tending in this world? Focus on one of these responses each day and allow God’s Spirit to guide you deeper in his gift of life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for creation: The call: to conserve not to crucify.  Each day pray for a different aspect of our created world as God leads 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:  Lord God, as you bring the flowers into bloom, may we bloom for you today.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 19:1-6

Confession:  See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for creation: The call: to conserve not to crucify.  Each day pray for a different aspect of our created world as God leads you.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord God, as you bring the flowers into bloom, may we bloom for you today.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 65:9-13

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for creation: The call: to conserve not to crucify.  Each day pray for a different aspect of our created world as God leads you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord God, as you bring the flowers into bloom, may we bloom for you today.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:1-4

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for creation: The call: to conserve not to crucify.  Each day pray for a different aspect of our created world as God leads you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord God, as you bring the flowers into bloom, may we bloom for you today.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:5-9

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for creation: The call: to conserve not to crucify.  Each day pray for a different aspect of our created world as God leads you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord God, as you bring the flowers into bloom, may we bloom for you today.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:10-18

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for creation: The call: to conserve not to crucify.  Each day pray for a different aspect of our created world as God leads you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord God, as you bring the flowers into bloom, may we bloom for you today.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:19-24

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for creation: The call: to conserve not to crucify.  Each day pray for a different aspect of our created world as God leads you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord God, as you bring the flowers into bloom, may we bloom for you today.