Pentecost 22

Intercession and Restoration

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Sunday 25 October 2015
The Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost
Year B
Colour: Green

“The un-examined life is not worth living.”
Socrates

Daily Rhythm

Making worship part of the everyday

Devotional Diary 19 – 25 October 2015

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

Job 42:1-6, 10-17  Job acknowledges God’s power and presence and his own need to repent. God restores Job when Job has offered intercession for the “friends” who had misrepresented God.

Psalm 34:1-8 (19-22) A psalm of trust and testimony.

Hebrews 7:23-28  The writer continues to compare the priesthood of Christ with that of the Aaronic/Levitical priesthood. The Aaronic/Levitical priesthood offered physical sacrifices daily for their own sins and the sins of the people. Christ’s priesthood, a priesthood of intercession, has ended such sacrifices. By offering himself in obedience to God, even to the point of death, Jesus became the perfect and complete channel of intercession for the whole world.

Mark 10:46-52 As Jesus and his disciples leave Jericho for the final journey to Jerusalem, a blind man, Bar Timaeus, seeks healing, is healed, and becomes a disciple himself.

Monday:

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

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 or use own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on the battered and bruised.

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: Brother, Sister let me serve you…

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 23:1) The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

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: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who have lost faith.

Personal Prayers:

           Dedication: Brother, Sister let me serve you…

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 22:28) …for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.

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: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who have stopped caring.

Personal prayers:

           Dedication: Brother, Sister let me serve you…

Thursday:

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

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: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on the hungry.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Brother, Sister let me serve you…

Friday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 18:46) The Lord lives!  Praise be to my Rock!  Exalted be God my Saviour!

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: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who need a door to open.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Brother, Sister let me serve you…

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 16:11) You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

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: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who have found themselves needing help.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Brother, Sister let me serve you…

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 13:6) I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.

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: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who do not know how to worship.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Brother, Sister let me serve you…


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?

 Job 42:1-6, 10-17.  Job acknowledges God’s power and presence and his own need to repent. God restores Job when Job has offered intercession for the “friends” who had misrepresented God.

Prayer of Intercession (inspired by Mark 10:46-52, Job 42, Hebrews 7:23-28)

Heavenly Father, like Job, when we ask for your presence and intervention, we will end up on our knees, astounded at your greatness, and humbled by our own unworthiness.

Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Holy Spirit, when we tearfully share our hopes and dreams with you, you promise a harvest of joy. Fill us with expectations of your goodness.

Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Lord Jesus Christ, high priest and intercessor for our sins, help us live as your children, trusting that we are also children of the Heavenly Father.

Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Lord Jesus, healer of Bartimaeus’ blindness, help us see you in this world active in love, and help us see you by our side, so we may walk your way without stumbling.

Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

Lord Jesus, Great Physician, hear now the names of those we know who need your healing _____.

Loving God, you hear our prayers: You live among us.

The love of God has won. The new life has begun. Amen.

 

~ written by Paul Sauer.  Posted on the Lutheran Forum website.

 

Psalm 34:1-8 (19-22).  A psalm of trust and testimony.

 

Prayer  (based on Psalm 34:1-3)

I will praise God in every moment,
and through every situation.
Through my words and action,
my life will pay tribute to Him.
Whenever the poor and humble hear of His greatness,
they will celebrate, too!
Come and lift up God’s name with me;
let’s praise His name together!

~ inspired by Psalm 34:1-3 (The Voice translation)

 

Hebrews 7:23-28.  The writer continues to compare the priesthood of Christ with that of the Aaronic/Levitical priesthood. The Aaronic/Levitical priesthood offered physical sacrifices daily for their own sins and the sins of the people. Christ’s priesthood, a priesthood of intercession, has ended such sacrifices. By offering himself in obedience to God, even to the point of death, Jesus became the perfect and complete channel of intercession for the whole world.

 Assurance of Forgiveness (Hebrews 7:25)

Jesus is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

Hear then the good newsth at in and through Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!

~ written by Moira Laidlaw, and posted on Liturgies Online.

 

Mark 10:46-52. As Jesus and his disciples leave Jericho for the final journey to Jerusalem, a blind man, Bar Timaeus, seeks healing, is healed, and becomes a disciple himself.

 

Prayer

“’Teacher,’ the blind man said, ‘I want to see!” Mark 10:51

Lord God, our Provider.
We worship you as the one who meets our needs,
who grants our daily bread,
who restores our humanity.
We worship you as the God who knows human need from experience,
who knows want, and thirst and humiliation.
And we worship you as your people,
in a world where wealth is mixed with poverty;
where we have all we need, but don’t know how to share.
Where want, and hunger and thirst and humiliation are hidden
from those with the power to offer challenge and bring change.

So, open our eyes.
Not only that we learn sad facts about the world,
But open the eyes of our heart,
that we may feel our place in this world, as your people.
Where there is need,
teach us to learn where our wealth lies, and help us to give.
Where there is injustice,
teach us to learn the causes, and help us to fight.
Where there is brokenness,
teach us to learn of our own brokenness, and help us to bring wholeness.

Help us to look to you,
that we neither remain ignorant of the world,
nor lose ourselves in despair at its brokenness.
Show us how to worship you,
the crucified God,
the risen God,
the God who provides.

Help us to carry our cross,
to accept your gift of new life,
to bring that gift to others.

~ from the Baptist Union of Great Britain website.

 

Being ready – Serving the Lord, 22nd Sunday after Pentecost, Year A

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9 November 2014
Ordinary Time, 22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Year A,  Colour: Green

The church sets aside a holy season called Ordinary Time as sacred.  The Ordinary part of the religious tradition of being ordered in our daily lives so that we can always be in the presence of the holy.

(Becca Stevens)

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary   3 – 9 November 2014

Bringing worship into the everyday

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

Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25At the end of the conquest of Israel, Joshua exhorted the people to renew their covenant with God. The people of Israel responded by reaffirming their intent to remain faithful to God and by recalling their history with God.

Psalm 78:1-7.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18The lectionary selection is the second part of the “meat” of this letter, addressing the church’s need for clearer teaching about eschatology. The first part deals with sexuality. Recommendation: Read the whole chapter!

Matthew 25:1-13.   Toward the conclusion of his public teaching in the temple, Jesus warns his hearers to be ready like bridesmaids who brought sufficient oil for their lamps.

Psalm 150

1 Praise the Lord/Praise God in his sanctuary;/praise him in his mighty heavens. /2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness. /3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, /praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,/praise him with the strings and pipe,/5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, /praise him with resounding cymbals./6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. /Praise the LORD.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day read through Psalm 150 (see above).  Allow the repetition of this psalm to transform you day by day. This is a call to praise God WHOLEHEARTEDLY. Lift up your heart to God in praise and as you look at the day ahead see how you can worship God in every situation.

Confession: We are called into a worship lifestyle.  Lord, this week we confess the poverty of our worship of you.  Reflect on the moments of worship you miss in life.  What makes you miss them? How can you embrace them?  Examine your everyday words and actions; do they express God’s worth in your life? Now ask God to grow you in your worship of him.  How is He calling you into deeper worship? Each day ask God to teach you how you can worship more and then put it into practice. Focus today on: the thoughts you think

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you love.

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, in the day ahead help me to worship you in all things.  As the psalmist said, “The earth is full of the glory of the Lord!”

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: See Monday’s praise focus.

Confession: See Monday’s confession focus. Today: Words you speak.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that God may lead you to give sacrificially to meet a specific need.

Personal Prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead help me to worship you in all things.  As the psalmist said, “The earth is full of the glory of the Lord!”

 Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: See Monday’s praise focus.

Confession: See Monday’s confession focus. Today: Priorities, let the main thing be the main thing.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for something that is about to happen….

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead help me to worship you in all things.  As the psalmist said, “The earth is full of the glory of the Lord!”

 Thursday:

Adoration Focus: See Monday’s praise focus.

Confession: See Monday’s confession focus. Today: Caring actions…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is struggling…

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead help me to worship you in all things.  As the psalmist said, “The earth is full of the glory of the Lord!”

 Friday:

Adoration Focus: See Monday’s praise focus.

Confession: See Monday’s confession focus.  Today: Moments to pause in worship.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you will meet today.

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead help me to worship you in all things.  As the psalmist said, “The earth is full of the glory of the Lord!”

 Saturday:

Adoration Focus: See Monday’s praise focus.

Confession: See Monday’s confession focus. Today: A heart of submission.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone in leadership.

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead help me to worship you in all things.  As the psalmist said, “The earth is full of the glory of the Lord!”

 Sunday:

Adoration Focus: See Monday’s praise focus.

Confession: See Monday’s confession focus. Today: Worship with all you heart, soul, mind and strength.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone with whom you will worship today.

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead help me to worship you in all things.  As the psalmist said, “The earth is full of the glory of the Lord!”

 

Weekly Rhythm

Exploring Scripture
Joining our stories with the stories of God’s people

The notes in italics are thanks to www.gbod.org.  DOWNLOAD THE PDF HERE

Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25At the end of the conquest of Israel, Joshua exhorted the people to renew their covenant with God. The people of Israel responded by reaffirming their intent to remain faithful to God and by recalling their history with God.

The people of God had been tempted by idols.  What “idols” tempt you today?
Every day is a day of decision.  What does it mean to choose God?

Psalm 78:1-7.
A teacher of history is telling of the “dark sayings” or “hidden things” of God.  We must be informed, not forget and respond by honouring the law.
Are you informed? Do you remember? Do you honour God?

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18The lectionary selection is the second part of the “meat” of this letter, addressing the church’s need for clearer teaching about eschatology. The first part deals with sexuality. Recommendation: Read the whole chapter!

 Here we see that we can trust God.  He will leave no-one out of the glorious hope we have in Him.  The hope is that we always be with our Lord.
What does it mean to you that God will not forget you or exclude you from his hope?
You are included!  Not even death can part you from God.

Matthew 25:1-13.   Toward the conclusion of his public teaching in the temple, Jesus warns his hearers to be ready like bridesmaids who brought sufficient oil for their lamps.

We must remember as we read this parable that parables are stories that seek to make one point (as opposed to allegories where all the different details have symbolic meaning).  This parable has one message: Be ready!
Are you ready?  Remember that being ready is not waiting at the railway station for the train to arrive.  Being ready is living out our faith actively and energetically in the here and now!
How are you being urged to do this?

Praying the Lectionary Readings

 Call to Worship

(1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18, Matthew 25: 1-13, Amos 5: 18-24)

Leader:   Are you awake? Are you alert?
People:   Christ is coming into our lives in a new way.
Leader:   Are you watching the signs?

Are you interpreting what is happening today?
People:  Christ is coming into our lives in a new way.
Leader:  Do you see opportunities for ministry?

Do you see the poor, the homeless, the hungry, the needy?
People: Christ is coming into our lives in a new way.
Leader: Come, let us worship and let us work in the reign of God.
People: Christ has extended the invitation:

let us work together in the reign of God on earth.

— Rev. Mindi, on her Rev-o-lution blog.

 

Covenant Renewal Litany

Every day we journey on this earth is a day in which we make choices:
left or right, up or down, in or out, yes or no?
Some choices are simple, and some are very complex,
but one choice informs all the others:
Who will be our God?
Who will we trust to see us through this journey?

Who has been with us from before the beginning,
bringing us into existence?
Who has loved us and blessed us and sent us on our way?
Who has pointed us toward the path
and posted the signs we need to find our way?
Who has been at our side when the road has been smooth
and gently curving?
Who has kept with us through hairpin turns
and construction zones and potholes and detours?
Who will celebrate with us when we complete our course
and seek the comfort of eternity? 

Only One. The One and Only.

Holy One. The One and Holy.

Will you choose this day to stay faithful to the One who is faithful to us?

Count us in.

Will you choose this day to place your whole trust
in the One who is trustworthy?

Count us in.

Will you choose this day to commit your talents and your resources
to the One who first endowed them?

Count us in.

Will you choose this day to love the One who loved us first?

Count us in.

Praying together,

We devote ourselves to you by renewing the covenant—
the promise you made to humanity so long ago.
Because you are our God, we will be your people.
Enlarge our faithfulness, our trust, our commitment and our love
so that we may graciously uphold our side of the deal.
Help us always to recognize your presence and your blessings
throughout our journey.
Keep us in your care.
Amen.

— written by Rev. Christine Sobania Johnson on her blog, Freshly Squeezed Liturgy.  http://freshlysqueezedliturgy.blogspot.com/

 

Commission, Benediction: Proper 27A

Go now, and follow in the footsteps
of those who have gone before us in Christ.
Revere the Lord.
Serve God in sincerity and faithfulness.
Teach those who come after you to trust in God.

And may God protect you along the way;
May Christ Jesus keep you alert and prepared;
And may the Holy Spirit fuel the lamp that guides your path.

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

©2002 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net

 

It’s a matter of the heart {Daily Devotional Diary}

Daily Devotional Diary  14 -20 October 2013

 Readings for the week (Pentecost 22, Ordinary Time, Year C)

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Jeremiah 31:27-34.  Could this new covenant of the heart have its origins in the very synagogues that Exile may have given birth to?  The temple in Jerusalem was seldom visited by most Jews.  Now in exile they had an accessible place of worship.  They gathered regularly and involvement by the laity was far more extensive; prayers were offered instead of sacrifice.  Christ calls us to love the Lord our God with all our heart…

Psalm 19 “The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.” (NIV)

2 Timothy 3:14—4:5.   Paul’s strong encouragement to a young preacher in difficult circumstances.

Luke 18:1-8.  In no ways must we compare the unjust judge to God.  The point here is the contrast.  God is just and willing; God is for us and not against us.  Therefore pray for justice, trust that God is working for us.  If we stay with the heart, we can pray trustingly when we realise the nature of God’s heart.  This realisation transforms our own hearts and makes us for others (for justice) just as God is for us, and so we pray in partnership with a loving God.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name O Most High… (Psalm 92:1)

Confession:   This week we focus on a simple question that can lead to profound and dramatic change: Each day ask the Lord: “Lord, what can I do today to bring my life more in line with your will and reign in this world?”  Today: Use of time.

The Word: (Choose a reading from those set above)

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: You have asked God, “Lord, what can I do today to bring my life more in line with your will and reign in this world?” now ask God, “How would you like me to pray for your world today?”  Today focus on children.

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, what can I do today to bring my life more in line with your will and reign in this world?

 

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (It is good) …to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night… (Psalm 92:2)

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: Practicing loving actions.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared Focus. Today focus on conflict.

Personal Prayers:

 Dedication:

Lord, what can I do today to bring my life more in line with your will and reign in this world?

 

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: For you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord;  (Psalm92:4)

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: Use of finances.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared Focus. Today focus on relationships.

Personal prayers:

 Dedication:

Lord, what can I do today to bring my life more in line with your will and reign in this world?

 

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: I will sing for joy at the works of your hands (Psalm92:4)

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: Words of my mouth.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared Focus. Today focus on those lost without meaning in life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

Lord, what can I do today to bring my life more in line with your will and reign in this world?

 

Friday:

Adoration Focus: How great are your works, O Lord, how profound your thoughts! (Psalm 92:5)

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: meditations of my heart.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared Focus. Today focus on the poor.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

Lord, what can I do today to bring my life more in line with your will and reign in this world?

 

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: But you, O Lord, are exalted forever. (Psalm 92:8)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today: Listening to God’s voice.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared Focus. Today focus on the rich.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

Lord, what can I do today to bring my life more in line with your will and reign in this world?

 

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him. (Psalm 92:15)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today: Worshipping with heart, soul, mind and strength.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared Focus. Today focus on creation.

Personal prayers:

 Dedication:

Lord, what can I do today to bring my life more in line with your will and reign in this world?