Pentecost 23

Faithfulness, hospitality and love

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Yearly  Rhythm

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

 

What! Me, talented? (23rd Sunday after Pentecost, Year A)

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Ordinary Time, the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost
16 November 2014, 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  10 – 16 November 2014

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Readings for the week with thanks to www.gbod.org; preparing for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost.

Judges 4:1-7. After Ehud’s death, the Israelites again began to “do evil.” The narrator tells us this is why they fell into the hands of Jabin, a Canaanite king, The Israelites prayed for God’s help. God used Deborah, a judge, and Barak, a military leader, to free them.

Psalm 123

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.  The Day of the Lord will come at an unexpected time. Therefore, Paul exhorts us to remain sober, faithful, and hopeful, and to continue to build up and encourage one another.

Matthew 25:14-30. Jesus uses a provocative, even offensive story in his description of the kingdom of heaven while teaching in the temple.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE READINGS HERE

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: Lord we sing, “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  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.   This week bring your work to God.  Today: In my work do I express love?

The Word: Use the readings above or your own Scripture reading plan.

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: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: In my work do I express care for the least of these?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for those who are caring for infants and young children.  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: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today, in my work do I express God’s guidance?

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.  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: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: In my work do I express God’s creativity?

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 write on their black boards 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: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today: Is my work an action of worship?

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: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: In my work do I express the rhythms of God?

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: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: Can I rest from my work knowing that all depends on God’s faithfulness and not my efforts?

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

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

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The notes in italics are with thanks to www.gbod.org

Judges 4:1-7. After Ehud’s death, the Israelites again began to “do evil.” The narrator tells us this is why they fell into the hands of Jabin, a Canaanite king, The Israelites prayed for God’s help. God used Deborah, a judge, and Barak, a military leader, to free them.

How does God treat us when we “do evil”?
Who are modern-day Deborahs in your life?

Psalm 123

This psalm is probably written during the period when Israel were in Babylonian captivity, a very painful period of their history.  How does this psalm express hope in their situation?

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.  The Day of the Lord will come at an unexpected time. Therefore, Paul exhorts us to remain sober, faithful, and hopeful, and to continue to build up and encourage one another.

We are not God and we do not control his coming and goings.  The day of the Lord will surprise us!
St. Paul gives the church five bits of advice:
Remember you are all children of light (not darkness.)
Keep awake and alert.
Put on God’s amour.
Keep your destiny in mind.
Encourage one another and build each other up.
See how he gives this advice in this passage and consider how it may apply to you.

Matthew 25:14-30. Jesus uses a provocative, even offensive story in his description of the kingdom of heaven while teaching in the temple.
God’s covenant people were expected to produce a harvest.  What does this parable say about God’s expectations in our lives?  How can we “produce a harvest”?

Here’s a reflection on the gospel text, the parable of the Talents.  It was written by Bruce Prewer.

Gospel Reflection

(Matthew 25:14-30)

How much wealth has the master given to my trust?
Where best can it be put to work at a profit as faith must?

How many gifts are now employed for his gain?

Where best to use each aptitude though it may bring
cost and pain?

How much time have I to spend sharing love?
Before the master comes again with expectation on his face?

—Copyright B.D. Prewer, 2001.  Posted on Bruce Prewer’s Homepage.


Praying the Lectionary Readings

Call to Worship

(based on Psalm 123)

Great and Glorious God, we gather to worship you.
We lift our eyes to you, in reverent awe before your majesty.
Great is the Lord our God, and greatly to be praised!

Generous and Merciful God, we come to worship you.
We lift our eyes to you, giving thanks for your compassion.
Gracious is the Lord our God, and greatly to be praised!

Welcoming and Empowering God, we worship you.
We lift our eyes to you, and we celebrate your faithfulness.
Holy is the Lord our God, and greatly to be praised!
We lift our eyes, seeking to worship and praise our God. Amen.

— Copyright Joan Stott.  If used in shared worship, please provide the following acknowledgement: © 2011 Joan Stott – “The Timeless Psalms” RCL Psalm Year A, used with permission.

 

Blessing

(inspired by Matthew 25: 14-20)

There are blessings meant for you
to hold onto
clutched like a lifeline
carried like a candle for a dark way

tucked into a pocket like a smooth stone
reminding you that you do not
go alone.

This blessing
is not those.

This blessing will find its form
only as you give it away
only as you release it
into the keeping of another

only as you let it
leave you

bearing the shape the imprint
the grace it will take

only for having passed through
your two particular hands.

~ written by Jan L. Richardson, and posted on The Painted Prayerbook.http://paintedprayerbook.com/


Prayer of Dedication

(inspired by Matthew 25: 14-20)

God, whose giving knows no ending,
we offer up the treasure that you have entrusted to us;
we offer up the skills and time that you have graciously given to us;
we offer up ourselves in service and praise.
Receive these gifts by your grace.
Multiply and use them through the power of the Holy Spirit
to accomplish Christ’s work of love in the world. Amen.

~ written by Joanna Harader, and posted on the Spacious Faith blog. http://spaciousfaith.com/


Prayer of Intercession

Our gracious eternal God, the ancient words of Paul echo in our souls this day. We are so much like the people of the Thessalonian Church and its culture.

We want to have glimpses of the future so that we might know that we are secure.
We want to have the security to know that tomorrow will be alright.
We want to have life all buttoned down and figured out so there will be no surprises.
We want you to rid us of all anxiety and worry and fear.
We want to know that when the great call comes for us we will be safe.
We want all darkness and all uncertainty removed from our lives.

Become alive for us again in these quiet moments. We pray that in this teachable moment you would again open to us your powerful and grace-filled presence.

Lead our spirits to find the courage to say, “All will be well because we are yours.”
Lead our spirits to find the ability to live one moment and one day at a time.
Lead our spirits to serenity and a peace which the world cannot give.
Lead our spirits to know that with your power we can cope with whatever surprises life presents to us.
Lead our spirits to know that we are destined “not for wrath” but for your redeeming.
And lead our spirits to know that “whether we wake or sleep,” living or dying, we are yours into the ages of all ages. Amen.

— Richard J Einerson, posted on Richard J. Einerson: Prayers of the People. For more of his prayers, see his book, Prayers of the People.

 

Falling Upward: Living through shattered dreams (Pentecost 23, Year C)

 

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Sunday 27th October 2013

 This is the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost (Ordinary Time) Year C

 “The church sets aside a holy season called Ordinary Time as sacred. The Ordinary is 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)

“Ordinary Time is the season of the Church year when (we) are encouraged to grow and mature in daily expression of (our) faith outside the great seasons of celebration of Christmas and Easter and the great periods of penance of Advent and Lent.

Ordinary Time is a time to deepen one’s prayer life, read the Scriptures, unite more deeply with the Lord in the Eucharist and become a more holy and whole person.

Ordinary Time is a period when average people like you and me strive to become the extraordinary messengers of the Gospel that we have been commissioned to be through our Baptism.

Ordinary Time is this day, this moment.  Now.” 

(source)

 

This week I spent three days on what we call a district ministers’ retreat.  Sammy Njenga was our facilitator.  One afternoon our activity was to share together in building a “Jenga Tower” (a team exercise game to see how high you can build before the tower falls over).  Judging by the exclamations and laughter the big moment of the game was when the tower came tumbling down.  When reflecting, Sammy made the point that the game was designed so that the tower would fall.  He said that the same is true of life.  The Lectionary readings address something of this.

 

 

Weekly Rhythm

Engaging with the weekly Lectionary Readings

(Comment and Questions – PDF Download)

 Joel 2:23-32.

The only reading from Joel in Year C. The previous verses describe with graphic detail the destruction of Jerusalem and Judah. These verses speak of a restoration to come and later a time when God’s Spirit would be poured out on ALL flesh with simultaneous portents in heaven and earth — while the sky is dark and the moon blood red, people of all ages and stations will prophesy, see visions, and dream dreams.

Psalm 65.

A psalm of thanksgiving for fruitful times, especially for a successful harvest. To offer this psalm in response to Joel is to participate in the promise of abundance to come. Response: “Now thank we all our God with hearts and hands and voices.”

2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 (4th week of 4).

“The time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race.”

Luke 18:9-14

A religious leader: “God, I thank you that I am not like other people … ” A tax collector: “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”

 (Readings and comments: thanks to gbod.org)

 

Questions for reflections and discussion

1)      Why do you think a Pharisee and a tax-collector have been used as the characters in this story?

2)      What are the differences between what the Pharisee and Tax collector say?

3)      What do their body actions express?

4)      In noting the Pharisees words, explore what drives our needs to compare ourselves favourably to others.  Is this related to our need to blame others?

5)      Richard Rohr uses the term “falling upward”.  How might the tax collector be “falling upward”?  How is this different to climbing up the ladder in our own righteousness?

6)      What kind of community would the Pharisee be moulding?  What kind of community would the tax-collector be part of?

7)      How might this story influence your life?

 

 

Weekly Rhythm

(Shaping Sunday Worship)

Praying the Lectionary Readings

 (Use these resources in your preparation to lead or attend worship)

 

Call to worship (Based on Psalm 65 NIV)

 Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion;

The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders

Where morning dawns, where evening fades,

you call forth songs of joy.

We shout for joy and sing.

  

Praise, Confession and Thanksgiving

 

Joel 2:23-32

23 Be glad, people of Zion,

rejoice in the Lord your God,

for he has given you the autumn rains

because he is faithful.

He sends you abundant showers,

both autumn and spring rains, as before.

24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain;

the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.

25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—

the great locust and the young locust,

the other locusts and the locust swarm[a]—

my great army that I sent among you.

26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,

and you will praise the name of the Lord your God,

who has worked wonders for you;

never again will my people be shamed.

27 Then you will know that I am in Israel,

that I am the Lord your God,

and that there is no other;

never again will my people be shamed.

 

The Day of the Lord

28 “And afterward,

I will pour out my Spirit on all people.

Your sons and daughters will prophesy,

your old men will dream dreams,

your young men will see visions.

29 Even on my servants, both men and women,

I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

30 I will show wonders in the heavens

and on the earth,

blood and fire and billows of smoke.

31 The sun will be turned to darkness

and the moon to blood

before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

32 And everyone who calls

on the name of the Lord will be saved;

for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem

there will be deliverance,

as the Lord has said,

even among the survivors

whom the Lord calls.” (NIV)

 

Lord God we bow before you and worship.  You are the rock on which we build, the sure foundation for an optimistic future.  You, God of the ages, gather our past, act in the present and prepare our future.  Without you we are trapped in an endless cycle of repeating the past.  With you we can break free and journey into new, life-giving territory.

We do see wonders in the heavens and the earth. Lord, give us insight to see where the portents, the signs that surround us, are pointing.  The sun, heralding each new day, the moon calling us to look up by night, buds unfurling in spring, crops bearing grain, rains watering and reviving.  We hear the cries of life, “It’s a girl,” “It’s a boy!”  We celebrate stories of victory won, the triumph of good over evil.

Then we see an empty tomb,

“But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”  (Acts 2:24 NIV)

You are with us in our places of despair, in our graveyards, in our broken dreams, in our stress, in our lost and rebellious wanderings. But today we interpret the signs, it is happening.  Lord we turn to You, the life giver. Your Spirit is pouring out, bringing new life to young and old, slave and free, man and woman. Yes, to us.

You are hope, healing, revival. You bring that future to us in this present moment. Abundant showers, vats overflowing with goodness, all calling on the Lord’s name and knowing salvation.

And so Lord, evening fades and morning dawns and calls forth songs of joy.

In Jesus name

Amen

 

Intercessions and healing

Introduction to the Intercessions

The prophet Joel writes to the exiles as their past lies in ruins and they wonder what their future holds.  Will they always live in a diminished way? Today’s prayer is for those who relate to this sense of lost years and the need for restoration.  We must grieve the changes in our lives, but the journey of grief brings healing.

 

Prayer:

Let us be still.

In the quietness bring to mind those devastating moments that have left your life ruined in some way.  How have you struggled?  What feelings have made you cry out?  What feelings hang like a dark cloud over your life? How has this robbed you of life?  What years has the locust eaten?  Now hear the prophet Joel as he speaks God’s restoration into your life:

 

Be glad for your God brings deliverance.  Like the rains that fall during Spring bring provision, the Lord will restore your loss with interest.  He says, “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—and you will praise the name of the Lord your God who has worked wonders for you;   never again will you be shamed.  Then you will know that I am …the Lord your God.”   I will pour out my Spirit on you.  Your inner child will wake up to God’s word, your tired heart will dream again, your oppressed self will be set free to live again.  You will see wonders and signs of salvation all around you.  All you need to do is call on the name of the Lord for this outpouring of life renewing rain. For whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

(Based on Joel 2:23-32 NIV)

 

Sending out: (Luke 18:9-14)

Go now,

not to be the judge of others.

not to compare and find others lacking.

But go,

               As one who comforts the broken

As one who lifts up the fallen

 

 

 

Daily Rhythm

21 – 27 October

A resource for the Daily Rhythm of Worship

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Devotional  Diary   21 – 27 October 2013

 

Readings for the week (Thanks to gbod.org)

Joel 2:23-32.  (After the aftermath)  The previous verses describe with graphic detail the destruction of Jerusalem and Judah. These verses speak of a restoration to come and later a time when God’s Spirit would be poured out on ALL flesh with simultaneous portents in heaven and earth — while the sky is dark and the moon blood red, people of all ages and stations will prophesy, see visions, and dream dreams.

Psalm 65.  A psalm of thanksgiving for fruitful times, especially for a successful harvest. To offer this psalm in response to Joel is to participate in the promise of abundance to come. Response: “Now thank we allour God with hearts and hands and voices.”

2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18.”The time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race.”

Luke 18:9-14.  A religious leader: “God, I thank you that I am not like other people.  A tax collector: “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”  For comments and reflection on these readings see Rhythm of Worship (jamesnicolson.co.za)

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 150:1 Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: self-righteousness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area. Today: Our home town.

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:

I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

 

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 150:2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: false dignity.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today: South Africa.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication:

I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

 

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: feeling of being hard-done by.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today: Africa

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

 

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 149:1 Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: Unforgiveness

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today: Middle East.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

 

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 149:3 Let them (us!) praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: hard heart.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today: Our world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

 

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 147:1 Praise the Lord.  How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: boredom.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today: God’s mission in this world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

 

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 147:7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp.

Confession: Today we don’t focus on a barrier, just spend some time praising God and continuing to give us the barriers that you have focused on during the week.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today: The Churches that are all around us.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8