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Devotional Diary 21 – 27 January 2019

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

Sunday 27 January is the third Sunday after Epiphany Sunday.

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Ezra, Nehemiah, and a group of Levites read aloud from Torah, interpret the reading, and call the gathered people to a day of celebration. The celebration includes sharing with those who have no one to prepare a celebratory meal.

Psalm response — Psalm 19  A hymn in praise of Torah, joined by all creation.

1 Corinthians 12:12-31a Paul reminds a divided community that the differences in the ways the Spirit’s gifts operate in each one are intended to sustain the community’s functioning as one body.

Luke 4:14-21 Jesus reads and interprets from the scroll of Isaiah, announcing that the words he has read are now fulfilled: “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor…”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Revelation 1:8  “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Confession: In your confessions this week you are encouraged to journey with the following prayer.  Pray it each day thoughtfully and slowly noting what the Spirit of God brings to the surface for you.  ”Merciful God, I confess to you that I have sinned.  I confess the sins no one knows about, and the sins that everyone knows about.  I confess the sins which I carry as a burden, and those which no longer bother me because I have grown used to them.  I confess my failure to love, my failure to forgive, my failure to serve.  Father forgive me.  Send your Holy Spirit that He may give me the power to live as You have called me to live.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.”

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: O Christ be with all who face death today in fear or loneliness.

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:  O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Revelation 2:8 These are the words of him who is the first and the last, who died and came to life again.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: O Christ be with all who face change today in fear or loneliness.

Dedication: O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Revelation 4:11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by you will they were created and have their being.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: O Christ be with all who face rejection today in fear or loneliness.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Revelation 5:12  “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength…”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: O Christ be with all who face a long journey today in fear or loneliness.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Revelation 7:10 “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne and to the Lamb.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: O Christ be with all who face surgery today in fear or loneliness.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Revelation 15:3 “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty.  Just and true are your ways, King of the ages.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: O Christ be with all who face people today in fear or loneliness.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Revelation 16:7 “Yes, Lord Almighty, true and just are your judgments.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: O Christ be with all who face life today in fear or loneliness.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)