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Trinity Sunday is coming!

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Devotional Diary 1 – 7 June 2020

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

7 June 2020 is Trinity Sunday.

Readings: Preparing for Trinity Sunday (7 June 2020)

Genesis 1:1-2: 4a. The maker of heaven and earth is God-in-community who calls the totality of creation “very good.”

Psalm Response: Psalm 8. A song of wonder to the creator who made all things and gave us a special place in it.

2 Corinthians 13:11-13Paul concludes this letter to the Corinthians by calling for peace and blessing them with the Trinitarian blessing widely known as “the apostolic blessing.”

Matthew 28:16-20The Great Commission of our Lord — as you are going, make disciples — involves baptizing them in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, not only inviting but initiating people who will follow into the Life of the Divine Community.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob! (Psalm 81:1)

Confession: This week we examine our lives using the acts of the sinful nature as we find them in Galatians 5:19-21.  Look up these acts in your bible.  Each day focus on one or two.  Then bring your life to God to be filled with the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) Again you may want to focus on a specific fruit each day.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s continued outpouring of his Holy Spirit upon his world, church and individuals. Today pray that God’s Spirit may be poured out on your land and all its peoples.  That the Spirit of God may bring  unity and creativity and healing.

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:  SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. BREAK ME, MELT ME, MOULD ME, FILL ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME.

Tuesday:

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: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s continued outpouring of his Holy Spirit upon his world, church and individuals. Today pray that God’s Spirit may be poured out on all your children and the children of your land.  Pray that they may be drawn close to God and his ways. Pray for their protection as some return to schools.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. BREAK ME, MELT ME, MOULD ME, FILL ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. (Psalm 73:24)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s continued outpouring of his Holy Spirit upon his world, church and individuals. Today pray that God’s Spirit may be poured out on the churches of your land.  That there may be a far-reaching revival that will renew your shared life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. BREAK ME, MELT ME, MOULD ME, FILL ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: But you, O God, are my king from of old; you bring salvation upon the earth. (Psalm 74:12)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s continued outpouring of his Holy Spirit upon his world, church and individuals. Today pray that God’s Spirit may be poured out the neighbourhood where you live.  Pray that we may begin to see the signs of new life all around us.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. BREAK ME, MELT ME, MOULD ME, FILL ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your name is near… (Psalm 75:1)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s continued outpouring of his Holy Spirit upon his world, church and individuals. Today pray that God’s Spirit may be poured out on families.  Pray for a new sense of living together in God’s peace and love.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. BREAK ME, MELT ME, MOULD ME, FILL ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: You are resplendent with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game. (Psalm 76:4)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s continued outpouring of his Holy Spirit upon his world, church and individuals. Today pray that God’s Spirit may be poured out on an individual person that God leads you to pray for.  Lift them up before God and visualise God touching and filling their life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. BREAK ME, MELT ME, MOULD ME, FILL ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Your ways, O God, are holy.  (Psalm 77:13)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for God’s continued outpouring of his Holy Spirit upon his world, church and individuals.  Today pray that God’s Spirit may be poured out on all those who worship in whatever way that happens today.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. BREAK ME, MELT ME, MOULD ME, FILL ME. SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME.

Pentecost!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 25 – 31 May 2020

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

31 May is Pentecost Sunday.

Acts 2:1-21. The Holy Spirit arrives with power, and thousands of pilgrims from nations far and near hear the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ in their own languages.

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b.

1 Corinthians 12:3b-13. The Holy Spirit gives many gifts for many ministries in the one body of Jesus Christ.

John 7:37-39Come to me, and rivers of living water will flow from you!” Following Jesus means becoming a channel of the Spirit for the whole world.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Living out the Ascension (and preparing for Pentecost): Jesus reigns, He is our King: Today thank him that He is the King of a new heaven and a new earth, he is making all things new!

Confession: Each day a different question to guide your confessions this week: Have you allowed God’s ways and values to guide your steps?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week pray for God’s guidance in any specific area where you feel prompted. It may be in a specific situation or a particular person’s life.  Pray that God’s way may be followed and that fullness of life may result.  Today’s prompt: your government.

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: Reign King Jesus reign, over all the earth reign (Also in my life!).

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Living out the ascension: Jesus reigns, He is our King: Today thank him that He is the King of forgiveness, wiping the slate clean to allow release and new beginnings!

Confession: Each day a different question to guide your confessions this week: What makes you resist God?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today’s prompt: someone you know.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Reign King Jesus reign, over all the earth reign (Also in my life!).

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Living out the ascension: Jesus reigns, He is our King: Today thank him that He is the King of creation, He holds all things so can make all things new.

Confession: Each day a different question to guide your confessions this week: What makes you distrust God?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s prompt: Your business community.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Reign King Jesus reign, over all the earth reign (Also in my life!).

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Living out the ascension: Jesus reigns, He is our King: Today thank him that He is the King of salvation (meaning wholeness and health!).  He makes us healthy and whole.

Confession: Each day a different question to guide your confessions this week: Can you allow God to really be God in your life?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today’s prompt: Your schools.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Reign King Jesus reign, over all the earth reign (Also in my life!).

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Living out the ascension: Jesus reigns, He is our King: Today thank him that He is the King of eternity.  He is there for us forever and ever!

Confession: Each day a different question to guide your confessions this week: What would mean in practical terms to allow God to reign in your life?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today’s prompt: in your sports administration.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Reign King Jesus reign, over all the earth reign (Also in my life!).

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Living out the ascension: Jesus reigns, He is our King: Today thank him that He is the King at the present moment, right now He reigns for you and this world.

Confession: Each day a different question to guide your confessions this week:  List some practical steps you are going to take to be more obedient to God.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s prompt: in your health care system.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Reign King Jesus reign, over all the earth reign (Also in my life!).

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Living out the ascension: Jesus reigns, He is our King: Today thank him that He is the King who sends His Spirit…Pentecost.

Confession: Today review the questions asked this week: How have you moved in allowing God’s reign to be expressed in your life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today’s prompt: Your church community.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Reign King Jesus reign, over all the earth reign (Also in my life!).

Ascension Sunday

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 17 – 24 May 2020

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

24 May 2020 is Ascension Sunday, the seventh Sunday of Easter.


These readings are all linked by Ascension themes:

Acts 1:1-11. The story of the final teaching and ascension of Jesus. “Wait until the power of the Spirit comes upon you … then be my witnesses in all the world.”

Psalm 47  An enthronement psalm for YHWH, and a fitting response for this day. “The Lord has gone up” (ascended) here means that YHWH (and for us, Jesus), is Ruler over all the earth.

Ephesians 1:15-23. A theological interpretation of the ascension of Jesus — “that you may know … what is the immeasurable power of his greatness for us who believe.”

Luke 24: 44-53. An earlier version of the last words and ascension of Jesus from the same author. The ascension of Christ forms a narrative bridge between Luke and Acts and a theological bridge between the work of Jesus and the work of his body, the church.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: He holds the whole world in His hands.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Taking on responsibility for someone else’s life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…” Link these prayers to your confession focus (pray for that person you have the burden for and place them in God’s hands).

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, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet…I walk in trust with you.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: His love endures forever!

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: change in the world…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…” Today: pray for an area of life that needs change…

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: In Him all things are possible.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: future security.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”  Link these prayers to your confession focus. Today pray for the future of our world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

Thursday (Ascension Day):

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: Jesus lover of my soul!

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Your family…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…” Link these prayers to your confession focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: O Sacred King, O Loving Friend.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Coping financially…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”  Link these prayers to your confession focus (pray for the poor today).

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: Love crucified, arose…

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: a physical ailment…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”  Today pray for someone who is ill or struggling.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty…

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Past failures and sin…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”  Pray for those who feel they are not “good enough” to be loved (that they may know that God’s love is there for them.)

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.