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Devotional Diary 31 October – 6 November 2016

6 November is the Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost.

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

Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Haggai 1:15b—2:9.Through Haggai, God promises restoration of the splendour of the Lord’s house and tells the leaders to take courage.

Psalm 145: 1-5, 17-2.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17.  Paul advises the people of Thessalonica not to be worried that they have missed the second coming of Christ. He urges them to stand firm in the gospel and teaching they have received.

Luke 20: 27-38. The Sadducees question Jesus about the Resurrection. Jesus traps them in their own trap.

This week:  In our confessions we focus on our sins of omission, those things we have failed to do.  Our intercessions call for you to bring your concerns for prayer to various areas of life that are given as a prompt for prayers.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we have failed to use the gifts and talents you have given us.  So often the easy option has been to bury our talents.  We offer you our gifts, use them and us for the work of your Kingdom, and help us to step out in service.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for vision and mission.  Today: Praying for a realisation that God is at work in our world.

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: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

Confession: Lord, forgive us for missed opportunities to witness to your name and glory.  Teach us how to speak the right word at the right time.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for vision and mission.  Today: Offering ourselves into the mission and work of God.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

Confession: Lord, forgive us for missing an opportunity to reach out with a random action of care and hope.  Help us to care in your name.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for vision and mission.  Today: Hope for those who find no meaning

Personal prayers:

Dedication: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

Confession: Lord, forgive us for not acting on the promptings of your Spirit in our lives.  Make us sensitive to your divine whisperings in our lives.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for vision and mission.  Today: For the building up of what has been broken down.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

Confession: Lord forgive us for the neglect of our own lives and health (physical, mental and spiritual).  Teach us how to take care of ourselves so that we may better serve you and praise your name.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for vision and mission.  Today:  For an empowered church that cares enough to act.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we fail to give abundantly and cheerfully. Help us to give even as you gave to us.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for vision and mission.  Today: For a spirit that shares resources as good stewards.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!

 Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we have held ourselves back from worshipping you without reserve.  Help us to worship you, as you deserve.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for vision and mission.  Today: For worship that gives us vision and empowers us for mission and service.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!