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Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary  29 July – 4 August 2019

4 August is the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.

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

Hosea 11:1-11God speaks of God’s tender affection for Israel like a parent teaching an infant child, and so how hard it is to see Israel continually rejecting God’s ways. God will not again destroy Ephraim after the coming exile, but intends to return them to their homes someday.

Psalm Response: Psalm 107:1-9, 43. A psalm of thanksgiving that ends almost as a wisdom psalm — “Consider the steadfast love of the Lord.”

Colossians 3:1-11Live the fullness of what happened in your baptism, Paul commends. Strip off the old self and its practices, be clothed with the new. Let Christ, and no other practices or distinctions, be all in all!

Luke 12:13-21.  Jesus uses an inquirer’s request to arbitrate an inheritance dispute to warn against all forms of greed — all desires to obtain more than what one already has — and tells the story of a successful grain farmer as an example.

This week’s focus:  In our shared focus we use extracts from “We are your children” (Found in “An Anglican Prayer Book 1989; Church of the Province of Southern Africa).

Monday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 38:15) But I trust in you, O Lord; and you, O Lord my God, will answer me.

Confession: This week for our confession you are asked to reflect on this prayer each day.  Let the Spirit of God speak to you in a fresh way each day through these words.

“Almighty God, Spirit of purity and grace, in asking your forgiveness I cannot claim a right to be forgiven but can only rely on your unlimited love.

I cannot hide behind my good works

I cannot hide behind extenuating circumstances

I cannot hide behind my human nature

I cannot hide behind the temptations I faced

I cannot hide behind peer group pressure

I can only say through the death of Christ my Lord.  Amen”  (John Baillie)

The Word: See readings above and use creatively during the week.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Father, you inspired the prophets of old; grant that your Church may faithfully proclaim your truth to the world.  Lord hear us.

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: “Since without you we can do no good thing:  May your Spirit make us wise; May your Spirit guide us; May your Spirit renew us; May your Spirit strengthen us…”  (Church of the Province of the West Indies)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 37:4) Seek your happiness in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desire.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: You prayed for your church to be one; unite all Christians that the world may believe.  Christ hear us

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “Since without you we can do no good thing:  May your Spirit make us wise; May your Spirit guide us; May your Spirit renew us; May your Spirit strengthen us…”  (Church of the Province of the West Indies)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 36:7) How precious, O God, is your constant love!  We find protection under the shadow of your wings.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: You taught us through Paul, your apostle, to pray for kings and rulers; bless and guide all who are in authority.  Christ heal us.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Since without you we can do no good thing:  May your Spirit make us wise; May your Spirit guide us; May your Spirit renew us; May your Spirit strengthen us…”  (Church of the Province of the West Indies)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 35:10)  With all my heart I will say to the Lord, “There is no-one like you. …”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: You lived as an exile in Egypt; protect and comfort all refugees.  Christ heal us,

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Since without you we can do no good thing:  May your Spirit make us wise; May your Spirit guide us; May your Spirit renew us; May your Spirit strengthen us…”  (Church of the Province of the West Indies)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 34:8)  Find out for yourself how good the Lord is.  Happy are those who find safety with him.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: You were unjustly condemned by Pontius Pilate: strengthen our brothers and sisters who are suffering injustice and persecution.  Christ hear us.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Since without you we can do no good thing:  May your Spirit make us wise; May your Spirit guide us; May your Spirit renew us; May your Spirit strengthen us…”  (Church of the Province of the West Indies)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 33:11)  But his plans endure forever; his purposes last eternally.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: You cured by your healing touch and word: heal the sick and bless those who minister to them.  Christ hear us.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Since without you we can do no good thing:  May your Spirit make us wise; May your Spirit guide us; May your Spirit renew us; May your Spirit strengthen us…”  (Church of the Province of the West Indies)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 32:7)  You are my hiding place; you will save me from trouble.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  Lord Jesus, you called your disciples to take up the cross: deepen in each of us a sense of vocation.  Christ hear us.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Since without you we can do no good thing:  May your Spirit make us wise; May your Spirit guide us; May your Spirit renew us; May your Spirit strengthen us…”  (Church of the Province of the West Indies)