Easter 6

The Holy Spirit – wild and free

Wild and Free

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The Sixth Sunday of Easter
Year B
Colour: White

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Easter season is the longest of the special liturgical seasons of the Church Year and extends from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday.  During this season we ask what this new life is all about and we explore how we can live out our faith.

Daily Rhythm

Making worship part of the everyday

Devotional Diary 4 – 10 May 2015

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

Acts 10:44-48. The Spirit pours upon Cornelius and his household while Peter is in the middle of speaking, even before they are baptized. Peter recognizes it’s time to baptize them and consider them kindred in Christ.

Psalm 98. The Psalm continues the overflow of praise described in the first lesson. Celebrate with it! Enter into the joy of God’s salvation and invite the whole creation to join you!

1 John 5:1-6. Verses 1-5 naturally go together in a “string of pearls” that connects faith, overcoming the world, obedience, and loving God through a deep relationship of trust in Jesus Christ. Verse 6 begins a different “string” (bringing together water, blood, testimony, and life in Jesus Christ — or we might say, baptism, Eucharist, witness, and discipleship) that next week’s lection addresses more fully.

John 15:9-17. Jesus reminds his disciples who have become, over time, his friends, that they did not choose him; he chose them and appointed them to go and bear much fruit.

This week our adoration focus uses words from praise songs that we sing.  We continue our 21 day cycle of confession. (There is a question for each day under confession.)

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “The Lord has made known His salvation, His righteousness is shown to every nation.”

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I fill my life with hurry and never touch base with your order and love.  Help me to listen to your breathing and to be filled with your breath.

The Word: Use the Revised Common Lectionary (above) or your own scripture reading plan.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Let God lead you to one person that you can focus on in prayer this week.  Today pray for: peace, rest and healthy contentment.

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: “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. “ (Words from a Christian song by Carol Owens)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “You’re the Lion of Judah, the lamb that was slain; You ascended to heaven and evermore will reign.”

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I live only for what I can get.  Lord, I find it so hard not to get swallowed by the spirit of materialism, and sometimes I don’t even recognise that I am guided by its ethics.  Set me free that I may be guided by your values.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Let God lead you to one person that you can focus on in prayer this week.  Today pray for: a deep sense of meaning through hearing and responding to God’s call to serve.

Personal Prayers:

            Dedication: “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. “ (Words from a Christian song)

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: “My Saviour, my closest friend, I will worship you until the very end.”

Confession: Lord, I do not have a firm faith; at times I doubt and am unable to trust you. O Lord, strengthen my faith I pray, that I may find my peace in you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Let God lead you to one person that you can focus on in prayer this week.  Today pray that they may know God’s amazing grace and underserved love in their lives.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. “ (Words from a Christian song)

Thursday: 

Adoration Focus: “Jesus, Jesus, risen and exalted one – Jesus.”

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I rely only on my own strength and I ignore your call to share in the richness of your infinite resources.  Help me to “plug-in” and to live out of your power.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Let God lead you to one person that you can focus on in prayer this week.  Today pray that even in the face of adversity, hardship and trial they may always know God’s comfort, healing and restoration.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. “ (Words from a Christian song)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “Almighty God my redeemer, my hiding place, my safe refuge.”

Confession: Lord I am so self-focussed; I find it difficult to praise others and even to really lose myself in my praise of you.  Forgive me Lord and give my heart wings to rise up in praise.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Let God lead you to one person that you can focus on in prayer this week.  Today pray for the relationship network that surrounds this person, that those relationships may be marked with mutual respect, warmth, care and support.

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. “ (Words from a Christian song)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “You shed your blood for me, what can I say?”

Confession: Lord, I am so reluctant to actively witness to your glory.  Lord, forgive me and show me how to witness in loving and creative ways.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Let God lead you to one person that you can focus on in prayer this week.  Today pray about any particular concern that may be lifted up for you in that person’s life.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. “ (Words from a Christian song)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise.”

Confession: Lord you have said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God.”  I have sought first my own kingdom.  Forgive me and help me to have Godly priorities.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Let God lead you to one person that you can focus on in prayer this week.  Today pray that they may be released to worship God in spirit and in truth.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. “ (Words from a Christian song)

Weekly Rhythm

Joining our stories with the stories of God’s people.

 

 

Additional information about the readings: (Notes in italics are with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org.)

Acts 10:44-48. The Spirit pours upon Cornelius and his household while Peter is in the middle of speaking, even before they are baptized. Peter recognizes it’s time to baptize them and consider them kindred in Christ.

God can’t wait to gift us with his life – it is poured out.  How do you see and know God’s generosity?
We can’t control and limit God’s grace.  The Spirit ‘blows where He wills.’  How is this good news?


Psalm 98. The Psalm continues the overflow of praise described in the first lesson. Celebrate with it! Enter into the joy of God’s salvation and invite the whole creation to join you!

 Prayer (inspired by Psalm 98)

You raise your hand and gently begin the concerto of creation:

birds carry the melody
while stars keep the beat;
mountains dance in merriment
and little children clap
their hands with joy.
Love’s Composer,
our new songs are lifted to you.

The old, old song
is made new in our hearts:
Christ is Risen!
Sing Alleluia!
You invite us to sing to a world
deafened by despair
and haunted by the tunes of fear.
Lord of the Dance,
our new songs are lifted to you.

Believing we cannot
carry a tune,
we hesitate to join in
the chorus of praise
sung by all creation.
So, you softly and gently
hum the melody in our hearts
until they burst with you,
raising a rousing chorus
of Amazing Grace.
Music-making Spirit,
our new songs are lifted to you.

Every song, old and new, is offered to you,
God in Community, Holy in One,
even as we lift the prayer Jesus teaches,
Our Father . . .

— written by Thom Shuman, and posted on his  Lectionary Liturgies blog.

 

1 John 5:1-6. Verses 1-5 naturally go together in a “string of pearls” that connects faith, overcoming the world, obedience, and loving God through a deep relationship of trust in Jesus Christ. Verse 6 begins a different “string” (bringing together water, blood, testimony, and life in Jesus Christ — or we might say, baptism, Eucharist, witness, and discipleship) that next week’s lection addresses more fully.

Try to see how this passage calls us to live out our faith.  What does faith look like as it is lived out?

 

John 15:9-17. Jesus reminds his disciples who have become, over time, his friends, that they did not choose him; he chose them and appointed them to go and bear much fruit.

Prayer: How You Have Loved

(inspired by 1 John 4:19, John 15:12)

 

How deeply you have loved us, Jesus;
how willingly you stepped into our experience,
how completely you empathised with all that we endure.

Teach us to love as you have loved us.

How sacrificially you have loved us, Jesus;
how completely you gave yourself for us,
how courageously you suffered for our sakes.

Teach us to love as you have loved us.

How restoratively you have loved us, Jesus;
how generously you share your life,
how extravagantly you make yourself available to us.

Teach us to love as you have loved us.
We praise you for your love
which is given so freely and so unconditionally.
And we thank you for believing
that we could learn to offer such love
to each other.

Amen.

 

— written by John van de Laar, and posted on his Sacredise website.

 

Prayer

(based on John 15:9-17)


Go now, and bear fruit for God, fruit that will last.
As Christ has loved you, so love one another,
and abide always in God is love,
that your joy may be complete.

And may God give you all you ask for in Christ’s name;
May Christ Jesus reveal to you God’s ways and call you his friends;
And may the Holy Spirit confirm the truth within you and make your joy complete.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
in the name of Christ. Amen.

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MAPSYearly Rhythm

25 May 2014
The Sixth Sunday of Easter, 
Year A, Colour: White

Easter season is the longest of the special liturgical seasons of the Church Year and extends from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday.  During this season we ask what this new life is all about and we explore how we can live out our faith.

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary  19 – 25 May 2014

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

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See “Weekly Rhythm” below for comments and questions about the readings.
Also “Praying the Lectionary Readings” below for prayers based on the readings.

 Readings for Sunday 25 May: with thanks to gbod.org

Acts 17:22-31. God isnot far from each one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’

Psalm 66:8-20.Despite persecution and difficulty, the people of God continue to offer themselves with thankful sacrifice, wherever they are.

1 Peter 3:13-22.Christ suffered and died for all people in all times and everywhere. Christians, wherever they are, are to be ready to give an account for the hope that is in them.

John 14:15-21 Jesus says he will give the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to be with and in his disciples forever, wherever they go.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…” The Sun, moon, all that shines with light…

Confession: Lord we sing, “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Lord, help us to examine the work of our hands.  Does this work bring joy to you?  Lord, empower us to express your love and your values in our work.   Today’s focus: creativity. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for all doctors, nurses and health workers.

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 I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…” Fishes, whales and water wonders…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: healing. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for parents who are nursing infants.  May their hands reach out in love and tenderness.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Buck, lions, elephants and marvellous mammals…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: comfort. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for all those who care for the elderly; those who reach out a hand to help them walk with steadiness.  May they see the elderly through the eyes of God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

 

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Praying mantis, bees and interesting insects…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: bringing order. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.   Today we pray for teachers as their hands reach out to impart knowledge and share in the exploration of life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

 Friday:

Adoration Focus:“I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Roses, daisy and fantastic flowers…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: construction. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for all those who are in love with each other.  We pray that their hands may express a deep respect and care.  Thank the Lord for his rich and varied love.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

 Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…” Mountains, canyons and stretching landscapes…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: shaping and molding. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for the hands that prepare meals to minister to the hungry.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Sisters, brothers and faithful family…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: worship.  (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we thank God for his comforting and empowering hand that reaches into our lives.  Pray for those who have not acknowledged the hand of God that is upon them.  Pray that they may open their hearts to the hand of God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

 

 Weekly Rhythm

Sunday 25 May 2014

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Readings and comment thanks to www.gbod.org unless otherwise stated.

As you read these scriptures this week ask, “What do these texts tell me about what I need to be paying attention to ‘Wherever I go.’  What does God promise me?  What must my response be?

Acts 17:22-31.
Paul visits Athens and takes the time to learn and understand its cultural assumptions and icons. When he speaks publicly in the Areopagus, center of philosophy and courts, he rhetorically repurposes these cultural assumptions and icons, showing how they point to God’s kingdom already at work and Jesus Christ as King and risen Lord.

Psalm 66:8-20.
Despite persecution and difficulty, the people of God continue to offer themselves with thankful sacrifice, wherever they are.

1 Peter 3:13-22 
Christ suffered and died for all people in all times and everywhere. So wherever we are, we are to be ready to give an account for the hope that is us. For some clues about the contexts where we may all find ourselves, see www.membermission.org.

John 14:15-21.
Jesus says he will give the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to be with and in his disciples forever, wherever they go, always, everywhere.

 

Praying the Lectionary Readings

One of the most well-known prayers to the Holy Spirit, “Come Holy Spirit” is a good daily prayer to recite privately or with your family. If prayed with others, the leader should recite the verse (“Send forth . . . “), and the others should reply with the response (“And You shall renew . . . “)

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
V. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations.

Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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Dear God, give us the courage and strength today to carry out your will. May we

keep an open heart and mind, and listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. When life

presents us with challenges that consume us, let us know that you are always

present with us. May we feel the comfort of your unconditional love. Keep us

strong and confident in all that we say and do. Amen

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