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Devotional Diary 14 – 20 September 2020

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

20 September 2020 is the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Exodus 16:2-15. A potential coup attempt against Moses and Aaron becomes the occasion for God to test the “whole gathered assembly” about their willingness to follow instruction. God provides quail for meat and “manna” for bread with specific instructions for its gathering and use.

Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45

Philippians 1:21-30. Week 1 of 4 in Philippians. Paul shares his trust in God in life or death, his desire to come and see the Christians at Philippi again, and his hope that when he comes he would find them of one heart and mind with each other and in whatever struggles they may face with those who oppose and persecute them.

Matthew 20:1-16. The economics of God’s kingdom look quite startling to those running on the economics of the kingdoms of this world: the parable of the vineyard.

Monday:

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

Confession:  We come to God in repentance.  This involves turning from our sins and turning to Christ.  We examine ourselves and confess our sin.  He forgives us. We allow the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead to bring to full blossom the forgiving life of Christ within us.   Each day give yourself into this process in a new way.    First examine yourself in silence then confess, receive the gift of forgiveness and ask God how He is calling you to live out this new life in the day ahead. Focus: What do I need to turn from?

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus:  This week we pray for the living out of the life of Christ in your church community.   In what ways would you like to see the life of Christ expressed within the life of your church?  Each day identify a new way.  Then pray for your church, picturing the life of Christ filling it and empowering it for that part of its journey.  Then pray for yourself that you may give yourself into the journey that Christ is leading your church on.

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: I ask you therefore: Do you repent of your sins and renounce all evil?  Do you trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Will you obey Christ and serve him in the Church and in the world?  (Meth. Confirmation Service)

 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. Focus: Again: What do I need to turn from?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today: Being the body of Christ.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: I ask you therefore: Do you repent of your sins and renounce all evil?  Do you trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Will you obey Christ and serve him in the Church and in the world?  (Meth. Confirmation Service)

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. Focus: God with me, strengthening me, empowering my walk.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today: Drawing others closer.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I ask you therefore: Do you repent of your sins and renounce all evil?  Do you trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Will you obey Christ and serve him in the Church and in the world?  (Meth. Confirmation Service)

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. Focus: What do I need to turn towards?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today: serving God’s call.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I ask you therefore: Do you repent of you sins and renounce all evil?  Do you trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Will you obey Christ and serve him in the Church and in the world?  (Meth. Confirmation Service)

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. Focus: Again, what do I need to turn towards?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today: Filled with enthusiasm (breathing in the Spirit)!

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I ask you therefore: Do you repent of your sins and renounce all evil?  Do you trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Will you obey Christ and serve him in the Church and in the world?  (Meth. Confirmation Service)

Saturday:

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

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Focus: embracing the life of Christ.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Hearing God’s voice.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I ask you therefore: Do you repent of your sins and renounce all evil?  Do you trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Will you obey Christ and serve him in the Church and in the world?  (Meth. Confirmation Service)

Sunday:

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

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Focus: Again, embracing the life of Christ.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today: worshippers!

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I ask you therefore: Do you repent of your sins and renounce all evil?  Do you trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Will you obey Christ and serve him in the Church and in the world?  (Meth. Confirmation Service)