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Sunday 1 November 2015
The Twenty third Sunday after Pentecost
Year B
Colour: Green

“Sacred life is lived quiet, deep and slow.
Time for stillness and waiting and listening.
Time for introspection and questions and wondering.
Time for just resting in the bliss of Christ’s Presence.”
Terri Marrie Childers

 

Daily Rhythm

Making worship part of the everyday

Devotional Diary 26 October – 1 November 2015

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

Ruth 1:1-18 A Moabite widow, Ruth, determines to continue to live with and support the household of her Judean mother-in-law, Naomi, who had lost her husband and both of her sons.

Psalm 146 We praise God as one who is compassionate to widows, orphans and strangers.

Hebrews 9:11-14  Christ’s self-offering delivers us from sin and its power, while the temple’s sacrifices could only deal with ritual impurity.

Mark 12:28-34 A scribe asks Jesus to state the most important instruction in Torah. Jesus replies with love of God above all and love of neighbor as oneself. The scribe agrees, adding that this is more important than anything the sacrificial system can do or requires.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 31:21) Praise be to the Lord, for he showed his wonderful love to me…

Confession: Lord, I have used my tongue as a weapon of destruction.  I have spoken words that break down and do not build up.  I have despised my heart that has not been able to silence my tongue.  Forgive me and fill me with your words and your heart that seeks for the best for all.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for our own lives.

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)

            Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding”

            (Prov 3:5)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 30:1) I will exalt you, O Lord…

Confession: Lord, I am part of a people. I am part of a community that fall far short of your Kingdom ideals.  Forgive us I pray and enable us to realise that your Kingdom is among us.  Fill us with your justice, righteousness and peace.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for those we are close to.

Personal Prayers:

            Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding”

            (Prov 3:5)

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 29:2) Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I desire peace but am not prepared to sacrifice and serve in building peace.  Lord, help me to follow where you have led and to give myself that others may live in fullness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for someone who is lost and without love.

Personal prayers:

            Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding”

            (Prov 3:5)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 28:7) The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I make your grace a “cheap” commercial product.  Help me to journey below the surface froth and bubble.  Help me to go deeper.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for the different peoples of our land.

Personal prayers:

            Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding”

            (Prov 3:5)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 27:1) The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?

Confession: Lord, I have neglected the gifts you have given me.  Some have atrophied.  Sometimes a lack of confidence has paralysed me, sometimes I have been caught up in struggle, sometimes I have been lazy.  Lord I pray that I may thank you for your gifts that you have given and that I may use them for your glory.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for those who are lost in destructive ways: crime, drugs etc.

Personal prayers:

           Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding”

            (Prov 3:5)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 26:8) I love the house where you live, O Lord, the place where your glory dwells.

Confession: Lord, forgive me for my sins of neglect.   Those things which I have not done where You have prompted me into action.  When you speak help me to act.  Help me to develop a habit of listening and responding.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for those who have never heard of Christ’s love.

Personal prayers:

            Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding”

            (Prov 3:5)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 25:10) All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful.

Confession: Forgive me Lord, when I have been difficult to live with.  Forgive me when I have not carried my share of the load.  Forgive me when I have accepted unjust roles just because they have prospered my own comfort and interests.  Help me to make space for and to care for others.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for a realisation of this love in our worship services.

Personal prayers:

            Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding”

             (Prov 3:5)

Weekly Rhythm

Joining our stories with the story of God.

Questions and prayers to explore the readings further.
The notes in italics are with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org.

As you read remember the three basic questions:
What does the passage say?
What does the passage mean?
How does it apply to my life?

Ruth 1:1-18  A Moabite widow, Ruth, determines to continue to live with and support the household of her Judean mother-in-law, Naomi, who had lost her husband and both of her sons.

 

Psalm 146  We praise God as one who is compassionate to widows, orphans and strangers.

 Praise the Lord.
Let all who draw breath praise the Lord.
Happy are those whose help is from God—
the One who made heaven and earth,
the One who created the seas and all that is in them.
Happy are those whose hope is in God—
the One who keeps faith forever,
the One who feeds the hungry
and defends the oppressed.
God will reign forever, for all generations.
Praise the Lord!
Let all who draw breath praise the Lord.

~ posted on the Ministry Matters website

 

Hebrews 9:11-14  Christ’s self-offering delivers us from sin and its power, while the temple’s sacrifices could only deal with ritual impurity.

Prayer Reflection: Who Could Love Us More? (inspired by Hebrews 9:11-15)

“Christ entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood,
thus obtaining eternal redemption.” Hebrews 9:12

Once
for all time
Christ sealed the
covenant
with his own blood.

He barged straight into
the sacred place,
with all of us
in tow.

Who could love us more?
Thank you, Lord.
Thank you.

— written by Anne Osdieck. Last paragraph by Karl Rahner.
Posted on The Sunday Website of Saint Louis University.

  

Mark 12:28-34 A scribe asks Jesus to state the most important instruction in Torah. Jesus replies with love of God above all and love of neighbour as oneself. The scribe agrees, adding that this is more important than anything the sacrificial system can do or require

Prayer

Loving God,
we take this time today to come before you,
but as we do, we are aware that all is not right within us.
We neglect your word,
we fail to meditate on your law,
we forget to speak with you,
we make plans without turning to you,
we do things that we know are wrong.
We did not put you first in our lives.
Forgive how we have failed to love you
with all our heart, our soul, our mind, and our strength.

Loving God,
our relationships with each other are not all that they can be or should be.
There is hurt and injury between ourselves and others.
There are walls of anger and hatred between us and our neighbors.
Forgive us for how we deny our part in this
and for how we blame others for the brokenness around us.
Forgive how we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

Gracious God,
we believe that you offer to us and our world a whole and good life.
For all that we have done to deny this life to each other and to ourselves,
we ask your forgiveness and your mercy.

~ from the website of the Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church , Richmond, VA