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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)

 

Teach us to pray.

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Devotional Diary 22 – 28 July 2016

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

28th July is the Seventh  Sunday after Pentecost.

Hosea 1:2-10Hosea obeys God and takes Gomer, a prostitute, as his wife. She bears children whose names are prophetic expressions of the relationship between Israel and God — Jezreel (after an outrageously bloody battlefield), Lo Ruhamah (not pitied), and Lo Ammi (not my people).

Psalm 85As a response to the first reading.

Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19).  The subject matter in Paul’s letter shifts from Christology to Christian living grounded in the reality of being baptized into Jesus Christ. “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit… in Christ the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.”

Luke 11:1-13The disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray. Jesus gives them a prayer (The Lord’s Prayer — Luke’s version) and a story of persistence in prayer.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the almighty. (Psalm 91:1)

Confession: In our confessions this week we follow a prayer by Neil Dixon.  This prayer calls us to be more open to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  Today: “There will be visions and dreams.  But we are stuck in our ways, for we have stopped dreaming.  Forgive us, Lord.  Holy Spirit, come, bless us”  (Neil Dixon)

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

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: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. (Psalm 90:1)

Confession: “The believers were together.  But we are so divided.  Forgive us, Lord.  Holy Spirit, come, bless us.” (Neil Dixon)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. (Psalm 89:1)

Confession: “There were sounds of wind and sights of fire.  But we expect nothing new to happen.  Forgive us. Lord.  Holy Spirit, come, bless us.” (Neil Dixon)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen. (Neil Dixon)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: As they make music they will sing, “All my fountains are in you.” (Psalm 87:7)

Confession: “They spoke with new freedom.  But we are so tongue-tied, too dumb to speak for you.  Forgive us, Lord.  Holy Spirit, come, bless us.” (Neil Dixon)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen. (Neil Dixon)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. (Psalm 86:5)

Confession: “Everyone heard the message.  But we try to reach only the nearest few.  Forgive us, Lord. Holy Spirit, come, bless us.” (Neil Dixon)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen. (Neil Dixon)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! (Psalm 84:1)

Confession: “The Father will send another Helper.  But we are so self-sufficient, relying on our own resources. Forgive us, Lord.  Holy Spirit, come, bless us.” (Neil Dixon)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen. (Neil Dixon)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: …you alone are the Most High over all the earth. (Psalm 83:18)

Confession: “The Helper will teach you everything.  But we have stopped wanting to learn or grow.  Forgive us, Lord.  Holy Spirit, come, bless us.” (Neil Dixon)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen. (Neil Dixon)

There is a better way…

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 15 – 21 July 2019

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

21 July  is the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Amos 8:1-12. Amos proclaims the Lord’s judgment: “The end has come for Israel.” Amos names the economic practices God condemns: trying to rush Sabbath to return to selling, false weights, price gouging, keeping the poor in virtual slavery, and selling the lowest quality goods to the poor.

Psalm 52 .

Colossians 1:15-28. Paul offers a Christology that reflects the depth of growth in the knowledge of God he has previously prayed for the Christians in the region of Colossae. Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the source and destiny of creation itself, head of the church, and agent of reconciliation of all things.

Luke 10:38-42“Martha, Martha, you are fretting and distracted. . . there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part . . .”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: God I look to you for help.  I trust in you, Lord.  Psalm 14:18

Confession: This week we examine our relationship with our fellow human beings. Each day we will look at a specific sin that may form a barrier between others and ourselves.  You are invited to allow God’s Spirit to examine your life and them come to God to begin or continue the process of healing. Today’s barrier: Being manipulative.

The Word: See readings above and use during the week,

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today: Those whose dreams are about to be lost.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

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: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: He takes care of his people like a shepherd.  He gathers them like lambs in his arms and carries them close to him.  Isaiah 40:11

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s barrier: Being insecure.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today:  Those who are struggling to make ends meet.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

Dedication: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God’s love for us in sending his Son to be the way to take away our sins.  1 John 4:10

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s barrier: Holding on to unforgiveness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today:  Those who are faced with violence on a daily basis.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: In Christ we can come before God with freedom and without fear: We can do this through faith in Christ. Ephesians 3:12

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s barrier: Not really listening.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today:  Those who are struggling to see any future for themselves and their families.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi

Friday:

Adoration Focus: I will with you always, even until the end of this age.  Matthew 28:20

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s barrier: Insensitivity, lack of empathy.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today:  Those who live without any spiritual meaning, who have no faith in Christ.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: The sun cannot hurt you during the day, and the moon cannot hurt you at night.  The Lord will protect you from all dangers; he will guard your life.  Psalm 12:6-7

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s barrier: Pre-judging other through unrelated past hurts and disappointments.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today:  Those who are giving up on important relationship in their lives, with spouses, children and other loved ones.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: I told you these things so that you can have peace in me.  In this world you will have trouble, but be brave!  I have defeated the world.  John 16:33

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s barrier: Lack of respect for fellow humans.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today:  Those who have just lost their jobs and are struggling with their confidence and trust in God.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi