Follow me! 12th Sunday after Pentecost, Year A

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31 August  2014,
The  12 th Sunday after Pentecost
Year A,  Colour: Green

“Lent is about preparing people to live as disciples of Jesus. Easter Season is about giving especially the newly baptized or confirmed time to focus deeply on the doctrinal foundations of the faith and on discerning the Spirit’s calling and gifts for ministry, culminating in a celebration and commissioning for these ministries at Pentecost.

Throughout this entire Season after Pentecost, the focus is on helping one another take our next steps in faithful discipleship and ministry in Christ’s name and the Spirit’s power.
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Daily Rhythm

Bringing worship into the everyday.

Devotional Diary  25 – 31 August 2014

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Readings for this week: (with thanks to gbod.org)

Exodus 3:1-15. God calls Moses from a burning bush and commissions him to collaborate in delivering the Israelites from Egyptian oppression. Moses questions his worthiness for the task, and God answers each excuse.

Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c.

Romans 12:9-21. Last week’s text reminds us we are one body. This week’s focus is on being one body in Christ—loving one another, respecting and forgiving one another, loving and reaching out in care to enemies, and blessing even those who persecute us. Even as Christ overcame the power of sin and death, so his body, the church, is called to overcome evil with good.

Matthew 16:21-28. Last week: the confession. This week: the cost of that confession. Jesus tells the disciples that he must go to Jerusalem, where he will be killed. Peter rebukes him, and Jesus tells Peter that he is a stumbling block to him by thinking as humans think. Any who will be disciples of Jesus must lay claims to themselves aside, pick up a crucifix, and follow him.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE READINGS HERE.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world…” (John 8:12)  Reflect on how God’s light has shone into your life in the past day and give God praise for this gift of grace!  Small moments?

Confession: Let the light of God examine the dark areas of your soul this week.  Acknowledge your darkness and your need of God’s light.  Pray that you may be filled with the light of Christ and let his light drive out the darkness.  “Fill me, Oh Lord, with your life!”   Today’s focus: the habits of your life.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week lift up the dark areas of life.  Remember that the darkness will never put out the light of Christ.  Pray God’s light into these dark areas.  (Each day reflect on a different area e.g. violence and abuse, drug abuse, alcoholism, crime, materialism, oppression, unbelief and hardness of heart, selfishness, sexual abuse and immorality…)

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 Jesus, let your light shine through my life!

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world…” (John 8:12)  Reflect on how God’s light has shone into your life in the past day and give God praise for this gift of grace!  Through other people?

Confession: Let the light of God examine the dark areas of your soul this week.  Acknowledge your darkness and your need of God’s light.  Pray that you may be filled with the light of Christ and let his light drive out the darkness.  “Fill me, Oh Lord, with your life!”  Today’s focus: negative thought patterns.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal Prayers:

 Dedication: Lord Jesus, let your light shine through my life!

 Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world…” (John 8:12)  Reflect on how God’s light has shone into your life in the past day and give God praise for this gift of grace!  Through creation?

Confession: Let the light of God examine the dark areas of your soul this week.  Acknowledge your darkness and your need of God’s light.  Pray that you may be filled with the light of Christ and let his light drive out the darkness.  “Fill me, Oh Lord, with your life!”  Today’s focus: unforgiveness and grudges.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord Jesus, let your light shine through my life!

Thursday:

Adoration Focus:Jesus said, “I am the light of the world…” (John 8:12)  Reflect on how God’s light has shone into your life in the past day and give God praise for this gift of grace!  Through animals/pets?

Confession: Let the light of God examine the dark areas of your soul this week.  Acknowledge your darkness and your need of God’s light.  Pray that you may be filled with the light of Christ and let his light drive out the darkness.  “Fill me, Oh Lord, with your life!”  Today’s focus: insecurities that stop you from loving.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord Jesus, let your light shine through my life!

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world…” (John 8:12)  Reflect on how God’s light has shone into your life in the past day and give God praise for this gift of grace!   Through reading the bible?

Confession: Let the light of God examine the dark areas of your soul this week.  Acknowledge your darkness and your need of God’s light.  Pray that you may be filled with the light of Christ and let his light drive out the darkness.  “Fill me, Oh Lord, with your life!”  Today’s focus: hating life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord Jesus, let your light shine through my life!

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world…” (John 8:12)  Reflect on how God’s light has shone into your life in the past day and give God praise for this gift of grace!  Through Christ?

Confession: Let the light of God examine the dark areas of your soul this week.  Acknowledge your darkness and your need of God’s light.  Pray that you may be filled with the light of Christ and let his light drive out the darkness.  “Fill me, Oh Lord, with your life!”  Today’s focus:  Trapped in stress and pressures.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord Jesus, let your light shine through my life!

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world…” (John 8:12)  Reflect on how God’s light has shone into your life in the past day and give God praise for this gift of grace!  Through worship?

Confession: Let the light of God examine the dark areas of your soul this week.  Acknowledge your darkness and your need of God’s light.  Pray that you may be filled with the light of Christ and let his light drive out the darkness.  “Fill me, Oh Lord, with your life!”  Today’s focus: too self-absorbed to worship.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord Jesus, let your light shine through my life!

 

 Weekly Rhythm

Thinking more about the readings –
their context and how they might help us lead transformed lives

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With thanks to www.gbod.com for readings and initial comments.

Exodus 3:1-15. God calls Moses from a burning bush and commissions him to collaborate in delivering the Israelites from Egyptian oppression. Yahweh is the personal name of God meaning:  “I will be God in the way that I will be God”.  Moses questions his worthiness for the task, and God answers each excuse.

How does this story demonstrate that it is God who initiates salvation and who carries it through? 

What excuses do you bring to God? 

How does he answer your excuses?

Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c.  This is a psalm of celebration: remembrance of God’s mighty actions, miracles and wonders.  This remembering demonstrates that God is with us today and we can trust in Him.

Romans 12:9-21. Last week’s text reminds us we are one body. This week’s focus is on being one body in Christ—loving one another, respecting and forgiving one another, loving and reaching out in care to enemies, and blessing even those who persecute us. Even as Christ overcame the power of sin and death, so his body, the church, is called to overcome evil with good.

Using this reading as the basis for a talk you would give to your church what would you say?

Matthew 16:21-28. Last week, the confession. This week: the cost of that confession. Jesus tells the disciples that he must go to Jerusalem, where he will be killed. Peter rebukes him, and Jesus tells Peter that he is a stumbling block to him by thinking as humans think. Any who will be disciples of Jesus must lay claims to themselves aside, pick up a crucifix, and follow him.

What does this mean in your life:  “If any of you want to come with me, you must forget yourself, carry your cross, and follow me.” (GNB) 

How does Jesus demonstrate these words in his birth, life, death and resurrection?  

How do you demonstrate these words in your life? 

See the prayer below: “To follow you”.

 

Praying the Lectionary Readings

 To Follow You

(inspired by Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23)

Today, Lord,
I once again take up my cross and follow you.
Forgive me for choosing daily to be complacent.
Happiness has been my god and I have believed I’m entitled to it.
Forgive me for all the excuses I have
for not responding to you immediately, with urgency, and sacrificially.
Forgive me for complaining about being bored as I sit and do nothing.
Forgive me for the times I have tried to make
carrying my cross more comfortable.
I have been too concerned with finding things to make it easier;
gadgets and toys to make my cross lighter, smaller, and cushioned.
Forgive me for making excuses
and not going with you because I was worried about
my health, safety, reputation, loneliness, financial security,
and ability to handle extreme weather and getting dirty.
Forgive me for focusing on my comfort rather than my character.
Forgive me for the times I have not followed you
because it wasn’t convenient.
I didn’t want to go out of my way to see the needs around me
because then I would feel guilty for not doing something about them.
Forgive me for not loving my neighbors–
I don’t even know their names.
Forgive me for trying to pacify my conscience
by giving just enough to feel good about myself
but not enough to inconvenience my lifestyle.

Today, Lord,
I once again take up my cross and follow you.
Shake me of my complacency;
I want to live daily with an urgency
to radically be the change you call me to be.
Strip me of my comforts;
may my love for you be a driving force to live with joyful surrender.
Scratch out my schedule;
I don’t want my circumstances or timeline
to influence my dedication and obedience
to take up my cross and follow you.
Here I am; Send Me.

May your word pour out of me like water to the thirsty,
and may my life be full of the fruit of the Spirit.
All I am and have I give back to you with open hands
knowing that all my needs you will meet as I go with you.
Today I take up my cross and follow you.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

~ excerpted from a prayer by Hila

 

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