Epiphany 2

Where does your life point?

 104835400_c8880ca946Yearly Rhythm

 Sunday 19 January, 2014

Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A

This season of ordinary time is all about facing in the right direction (being followers of Jesus).  We are looking towards Lent.

 

Weekly Rhythm

(13 – 19th January – 2014)

Engaging with the weekly Lectionary Readings

This section contains short notes on the readings.

 Isaiah 49:1-7.

A Servant Song of Isaiah — “I will give you as a light to the nations that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

Psalm 40:1-11.

1 Corinthians 1:1-9 (first of 6 Sundays in 1 Corinthians).

Paul’s greeting to the Corinthian community.

John 1:29-42.

John the Baptist tells of the baptism of Jesus and points out the “Lamb of God.” They follow him and tell others they have found the Messiah.

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“The theme of in-dwelling in the Gospel of John is developed through the word meno, of which the most distinctive rendering in English has been abide. We encounter that word in John 1:29-42 five times in four verses. Taking the NRSV translation and changing meno to consistently read abide, we get the following renderings:

And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abided on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and abide is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ (John 1:32-32)

When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you abiding?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was abiding, and they abided with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. (John 1:38-39)

I think it is important to see these linkages to what comes later, namely, Jesus’ teaching that he abides in the Father and the Father in him. And we as his disciples are then invited to abide in him and he in us. This passage introduces us to these themes by showing us how the Father’s Spirit comes to abide in Jesus at his baptism.

And then John uses one of his puns to introduce discipleship as abiding in Christ and he in us. The first disciples ask where Jesus is abiding, to which he responds, “Come and see.” The pun is that the disciples follow him to his current abode and see where it is. But Jesus’ invitation is much more far-reaching than that. The Son of Man has no permanent earthly abode to show people. It doesn’t really matter where Jesus was abiding that night. What truly matters is the disciples coming along with him to see his true abiding, that of the Father in him and he in the Father. We are invited to come along, too, and see about this very important matter of abiding in John’s Gospel. [Source]

John 15:4-7 Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

      Weekly Rhythm

Praying the Lectionary Readings

These resources may be used when preparing to lead or attend worship on Sunday.

A Prayer for discipleship (following Jesus)

 God of love,

source of mercy and compassion,

weave your dream for the world

into the fabric of our lives.

Remove the scales from our eyes

and lift the indifference from our hearts,

so that we may see your vision –

a new reign of justice and compassion

that will renew the earth.

 Transform our lives,

so that we may accomplish your purpose.

Anoint us with your Spirit

that we might bring good news to the oppressed,

bind up the brokenhearted,

and proclaim release to the captive.

Give us a new urgency

and a new commitment

to feed the hungry,

clothe the naked,

shelter the homeless,

and visit those who live in isolation.

Help us to reach out to those

whom no one else will touch,

to accept the unacceptable,

and to embrace the enemy.

Surround us with your love,

fill us with your grace,

and strengthen us for your service.

Empower us to respond to the call of Jesus –

to deny ourselves,

to take up our crosses,

and to follow.

Make us your disciples.

 Amen

© 2010 Kurt Struckmeyer

 

 Daily Rhythm

 Devotional Diary 13 – 19 January 2014

A resource for the daily rhythm of worship, focussed on the Lectionary Readings.

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 Isaiah 49:1-7.  A Servant Song of Isaiah — “I will give you as a light to the nations that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

Psalm 40:1-11.

1 Corinthians 1:1-9 (first of 6 Sundays in 1 Corinthians). Paul’s greeting to the Corinthian community.

John 1:29-42. John the Baptist tells of the baptism of Jesus and points out the “Lamb of God.” They follow him and tell others they have found the Messiah.

 This week we continue with the repeat our 21-day cycle of confession.  You will find the daily focus for this cycle in the confession slot for each day.  Each time we repeat this cycle, allow God to speak to you in new ways and lead you into a deeper sense of healing and freedom.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

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: See readings above: Ask questions: What is being said? What does it mean? How can I apply it in my life?

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our local church.   Our prayer is that every member would have a heart to express the abundant worth of God in their lives and in this world.

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:  God, give me work till my life shall end; and life till my work is done. (Words on a grave stone)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus:  Psalm 19:7 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.  The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We continue to pray for our local church.  Pray that we may all be involved in caring for each other and that no-one may be left out of a circle of care.

             Dedication: God, give me work till my life shall end; and life till my work is done. (Words on a grave stone)

 Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: Psalm 21:13  Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength; we will sing and praise your might.

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: Praying for the local church.  Today we pray that each person would discover that they are called and gifted by God.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: God, give me work till my life shall end; and life till my work is done. (Words on a grave stone)

 Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 22:3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel.

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: Praying for the local church. Our prayer is that we as a church community would be a host for the gospel: that we would reach out and invite others to join us in our walk of faith.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: God, give me work till my life shall end; and life till my work is done. (Words on a grave stone)

 Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 22:19 But you, O Lord, be not far off; O my strength, come quickly to help me.

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: Praying for the local church.  Today we pray that our church may be filled with a
Spirit of praise.  (God is building a people of praise!)

Personal prayers:

               Dedication: God, give me work till my life shall end; and life till my work is done. (Words on a grave stone)

 Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 23:4 I will fear no evil, for you are with me…

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: Praying for the local church.  Today we pray that our church may be filled with a spirit of generosity and abundance.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: God, give me work till my life shall end; and life till my work is done. (Words on a grave stone)

 Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it…

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:  Today we pray that our church may be filled with a spirit of holy worship.

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: God, give me work till my life shall end; and life till my work is done. (Words on a grave stone)

 

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