Who is this Jesus?

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 9 – 15 July 2018

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

Sunday 15 July is the eighth Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19. Some 30,000 chosen men of Israel accompany David to bring the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem on a two-stage journey: Baale-Judah to Obed-Edom, and then Obed-Edom to Jerusalem. The journey takes several months, with a three-month hiatus in the middle. This was because one of the cartmen (Uzzah) was killed by touching the ark (verses 6-11). On the final leg, David leads the procession while dancing and wearing only a “linen ephod.” This was not quite enough to be “properly attired.”

Psalm 24.  An appropriate response to the story of the entry of the ark into Jerusalem.

Ephesians 1:3-14. A new Epistle series begins today as we begin readings in Ephesians. The letter opens with praise to God for the recipients’ salvation as part of God’s eternal plan through Jesus Christ.

Mark 6:14-29. Mark tells two stories in one — a “present-time” story and a “flashback.” The “present-time” story recounts Herod hearing about Jesus and deciding he must be John the Baptist raised from the dead. The “flashback” is the story of Herod’s order to have John the Baptist beheaded.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 31:21) Praise be to the Lord, for he showed his wonderful love to me…

Confession: (In our confessions we return to a cycle of confessions that are designed to look into various aspects of our journey of faith) 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 aids.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for our own lives.

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 have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 30:1) I will exalt you, O Lord…

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: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for those we are close to.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 29:2) Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

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: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for someone who is lost and without love.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 28:7)  The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.

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: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for the different peoples of our land.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Friday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 27:1)  The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?

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 pray that I may 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: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for those who are lost in destructive ways: crime, drugs etc.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 26:8)  I love the house where you live, O Lord, the place where your glory dwells.

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: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for those who have never heard of Christ’s love.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 25:10)  All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful.

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: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for a realisation of this love in our worship services.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today