“Watch over one another in love.” (John Wesley)

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Sunday 23 February 2014
Seventh 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

Devotional Diary   17 – 23 February 2014

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

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

Readings for the week preparing for Sunday February 23, 2014, the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany: 

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18.  Social holiness defined: loving your neighbor, whatever their condition, as you love yourself.

Psalm 119:33-40.

1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23Paul reminds the Christians in Corinth they are the temple of God. They are to honour their bodies as God has made them and be grateful for all leaders who lay or build on the foundation of Christ.

Matthew 5:38-48 “You have heard it said… but I tell you,”  Part 2! The nearing of the kingdom of God means we are to (and now can!) treat those who harm us, (oppressors and enemies,) very differently than we may have been trained.

This week’s suggestion:  Don’t be too quick to move off the adoration focus.  Read the verse and spend a couple of minutes meditating on it before moving into confession.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Yet you are near, O Lord, and all your commands are true. (Psalm 119:151)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big.  Forgive our pride.

The Word:  See readings above or use your own reading plan.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: God calls and we offer ourselves in response, discovering who we are. This week pray focussed prayers for the world as you encounter it.  What circles do you engage with?  As you pray for these areas each day, begin to think of ‘call’: What service may God be calling you to?  Or how may God be guiding you in terms of the service that you are already involved in?

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 we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord is God and he has made his light shine upon us.  (Psalm 118:27)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big.  Forgive our self-sufficiency.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication:
Lord we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus:  For great is His love towards us… (Psalm 117:2)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big.  Forgive our short-sightedness and distorted vision.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:

Personal prayers: See Monday’s focus.

 Dedication:
Lord we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord protects the simple hearted… (Psalm 116:6)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big. Forgive our inability to realise the gift of your Spirit.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:

Personal prayers: See Monday’s focus.

 Dedication:
Lord we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Not to us, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.  (Psalm 115:1)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big. Forgive our tendency to hold all the praise for ourselves.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

 Dedication:
Lord we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord… (Psalm 114:7)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big.  Forgive our parochial care that limits the spread of your kingdom.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

 Dedication:
Lord we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.  (Psalm 113:3)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big.  Forgive us when we worship a “small” God.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

 Dedication:
Lord we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

 Weekly Rhythm

Engaging with the weekly Lectionary Readings (Comment and Questions)

Download the PDF here for personal or small group use

 Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18Social holiness defined: loving your neighbour, whatever their condition, as you love yourself.

Questions

1)      John Wesley calls us to, “watch over one another in love.”  How can this passage be seen as a call to do this?
2)      How can this passage apply to us today?
3)      How does God “watch over us in love”?

Psalm 119:33-40. 

Pray this as a prayer: see The Message translation in “Praying the Lectionary” below.

1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23Paul reminds the Christians in Corinth they are the temple of God. They are to honor their bodies as God has made them and be grateful for all leaders who lay or build on the foundation of Christ.

Questions

1)      How are our bodies Temples of God? Come at this question from a number of perspectives.
2)      What are the implications of our bodies being temples of God?

Matthew 5:38-48.   “You have heard it said… but I tell you,” Part 2! The nearing of the kingdom of God means we are to (and now can!) treat those who harm us, oppressors and enemies very differently than we may have been trained.

Questions

1)      How do you understand turning the other cheek?
2)      Can you turn the other cheek without becoming a doormat?
3)      How did Jesus turn the other cheek?
4)      Who are your enemies?
5)      What does loving your enemy mean?
6)      Did Jesus love his enemies?  How did he show this?
7)      How can we love our enemies?

 

Praying the Lectionary Readings

Sunday 23 February 2014

Prayers you may pray during the week and on Sunday

 Psalm 119: 33-40 is a prayer we should pray.The Message translation prays well:

 33-40 God, teach me lessons for living
so I can stay the course.
Give me insight so I can do what you tell me—
my whole life one long, obedient response.
Guide me down the road of your commandments;
I love traveling this freeway!
Give me a bent for your words of wisdom,
and not for piling up loot.
Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets,
invigorate me on the pilgrim way.
Affirm your promises to me—
promises made to all who fear you.
Deflect the harsh words of my critics—
but what you say is always so good.
See how hungry I am for your counsel;
preserve my life through your righteous ways!

 

 

 

 

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