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Sunday 16 February 2014
The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A.

“The church sets aside a holy season called Ordinary Time as sacred. The Ordinary is part of the religious tradition of being ordered in our daily lives so that we can always be in the presence of the holy.” (Becca Stevens)

 Daily Rhythm

10 – 16 February

               A resource for the Daily Rhythm of Worship using the Lectionary Readings.
Download the PDF here.

See “Weekly Rhythm” below for comment and question to engage with the readings.
Also “Praying the lectionary Readings” below for prayers based on the readings.

Devotional Diary  10 – 16 February 2014

Readings for the week, Sunday 16 February, 2014. The  Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany (www.gbod.org)

Deuteronomy 30:15-20From Moses’ final sermon: There are two ways—life and prosperity or death and endless troubles. The way of life requires us to walk in God’s ways and not bow down to or serve any other gods.

Psalm 119:1-8.

1 Corinthians 3:1-9. Despite their spiritual riches, Christians in Corinth were still living by the flesh as cliques forming around preferred leaders. To live by the Spirit is to recognize they are God’s field, God’s building.

Matthew 5:21-37. “You have heard it said… but I tell you.” Part I of two weeks of Rules of Relationships. This week: Overcoming sin.                                                       

 Monday

Adoration Focus: We are called to respond to God in many ways. In our adoration focus we look at some of these ways.  Today, “Glory in the name of the Lord”

Confession: How do we “reserve our worship”?  This week we examine ways we do this and pray that we may worship God always, everywhere and whole heartedly.  Today’s focus: Only when I feel like it.

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

Seeking the Kingdom: The church in South Africa has a role to play in all areas of life.  This week we pray for some of these concerns that the church is called to.

Shared Focus: Christ came to bring reconciliation.  Pray that the church in S.A. may make this ministry of reconciliation relevant to our situation.  Pray that the peoples of our land may come closer together in creativity and peace.

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:

Remember the bracelets with the letters W W J D on them?  Those bracelets remind us to ask the question, “What Would Jesus Do?” in every situation of our lives.  This week as you face each day why not ask yourself that question and as you ask it, let Christ live in and through you.

 Tuesday 

Adoration Focus: Today, “Lift up His holy name.”

Confession: How do we “reserve our worship”?  This week we examine ways we do this and pray that we may worship God always, everywhere and whole heartedly.  Today’s focus: Only when we get our way.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The call goes out from the prophets to facilitate economic justice.  Pray that the church may be a creative part of this process.   Thank God for those within the church whose are reflecting on this issue from God’s perspective and are voicing Godly concerns.

Dedication:

“What Would Jesus Do?”  (See Monday’s dedication)

 Wednesday 

Adoration Focus: Today, “Love the Lord your God.”

Confession: How do we “reserve our worship”?  This week we examine ways we do this and pray that we may worship God always, everywhere and whole heartedly.  Today’s focus: Only when our power base is not threatened.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The call goes out to feed the poor and alleviate poverty.  Pray that the church may take this call to heart and reach out in compassion.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

“What Would Jesus Do?” (See Monday’s dedication)

 Thursday 

Adoration Focus: Today, “Praise His holy name.”

Confession: How do we “reserve our worship”?  This week we examine ways we do this and pray that we may worship God always, everywhere and whole heartedly.  Today’s focus: Only when it costs us little.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The call goes out for the church to be part of the fight against crime and corruption.  Pray that we may build relationships across all barriers and that mutual love and respect for life may be our guide as peoples in this land.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

“What Would Jesus Do?” (See Monday’s dedication)

 Friday 

Adoration Focus: “Prostrate yourself before the Lord.”

Confession: How do we “reserve our worship”?  This week we examine ways we do this and pray that we may worship God always, everywhere and whole heartedly.  Today’s focus: Only when it suites our timetable.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  The call goes out for the church to care for people with HIV/AIDS.  Pray that the church may deal with this issue with deep compassion and embrace all who suffer.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

“What Would Jesus Do?” (See Monday’s dedication)

 Saturday 

Adoration Focus: Today, “Sing a new song to His name.”

Confession: How do we “reserve our worship”?  This week we examine ways we do this and pray that we may worship God always, everywhere and whole heartedly.  Today’s focus: Only when I can make sense of my situation.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The call goes out to the church to help build family life.  Pray that we may promote healthy families and good family dynamics. Pray for families that do fit the traditional mold that they too may find a place of belonging in our community.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

“What Would Jesus Do?” (See Monday’s dedication)

 Sunday 

Adoration Focus: Today, “Bow before the name of the Lord.”

Confession: How do we “reserve our worship”?  This week we examine ways we do this and pray that we may worship God always, everywhere and whole heartedly.  Today’s focus: Only when I’m in church?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  The call goes out to the church to strengthen the moral fibre of our country.  Lord, you have called us to a whole new way of life.  Help us not to compromise the values of your call and help us to promote these values in every way we can.  May your holiness spread throughout our land.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

“What Would Jesus Do?” (See Monday’s dedication)

Weekly Rhythm

Engaging with the weekly Lectionary Readings

Comment and Questions
(Download the PDF here.)

 Deuteronomy 30:15-20.

From Moses’ final sermon: There are two ways—life and prosperity or death and endless troubles. The way of life requires us to walk in God’s ways and not bow down to or serve any other gods.

Questions

1)      What lifestyles does this passage present us with?

2)      What ways of life present themselves to us today as choices for living?

3)      Can you discern the influence of these ways on your lifestyle?

4)      How do the words of our Deuteronomy reading challenge your lifestyle?

Psalm 119:1-8

1)      Try to describe what a “blessed” (verse 1) (other translation may use a different word for blessed e.g. happy)  person is according to this psalm.

2)      How can you be blessed?

3)      What is hindering you from being blessed?

1 Corinthians 3:1-9.

Despite their spiritual riches, Christians in Corinth were still living by the flesh as cliques forming around preferred leaders. To live by the Spirit is to recognize they are God’s field, God’s building.

Questions

1)      How does Paul suggest we demonstrate our immaturity as Christians?

2)      How does he suggest we can demonstrate our maturity?

3)      How would we live this out in practical ways?

Matthew 5:21-37.

“You have heard it said… but I tell you.” Part I of two weeks of Rules of Relationships. This week: Overcoming sin.

At gbod.org we are reminded that this way of living is not impossible, not hard, barren and bound to failure.  We are pointed to the “abundance and joy that comes from living this way. “  To the “many people actually do live these ways…” and to the fact that we can “pursue life and blessing with the help of others who are more than eager to help.”

Questions

1)      What kinds of lifestyles are described in this passage?

2)      How is the Kingdom lifestyle as describe in this passage life-giving?  (Blessed!)

3)      How do you struggle with a “blessed” lifestyle?

4)      How can we enter into this Kingdom lifestyle?

 

Praying the Lectionary Readings

Sunday 16 February 2014

Prayers you may pray during the week and on Sunday

 A Litany of Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Leader:

Blessed are you, Lord our God. We come before you to ask your forgiveness for all of our failings both great and small.Generous God, you give us so many gifts in life, yet sometimes we forget to share them. And so we say…

All:

We are sorry.

Leader:

Faithful God, you are with us in one another, yet we sometimes refuse to recognize you. And so we say…

All:

We are sorry.

Leader:

God of gentleness, you ask us to bring peace to our family and to the world, yet sometimes we spread anger and trouble. And so we say…

All:

We are sorry.

Leader:

Gracious God, you give us a voice with which to sing, and words to speak, and yet sometimes our words are hurtful or untrue. And so we say…

All:

We are sorry.

Leader:

Loving God, you sent your only son to show us how to love and serve one another, and yet we sometimes are selfish and unloving. And so we say…

All:

We are sorry.

Leader:

Merciful God, help us to ask forgiveness when we need to. Help us to forgive others who have wronged us. And let us be peacemakers in our world and in our family. We thank you for the gift of your forgiveness and love.

All:

Amen.(Prayer adapted from faithfirst.com)

 

 

 

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