Daily Devotions for Tuesday 1st September, 2020

Upper Room day – time out with God

Morning
Look Upward and Pray to hear and receive from Father God

Reading : DEUTERONOMY 32 verses 39-52

Meditation : consider all that is said here before we enter the Promised Land with Joshua.
The Song of Moses and his Final Instructions.
Which words stay with you?
What is God saying to you today from His Word?

And then Pray in response to what you have read
Taking time to wait before God

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
I have read these words
And now I pray for you to work them out
as a living reality in my life – even today
as I thank you that you are with me
on my journey through life.
Thy Kingdom come
Thy will be done
As I learn more about Promised Land Living.
In Jesus’ name.
Amen.


Midday

Take time to listen for God to speak with you at this time of day
…..and respond to His voice….
Father God…thank you.

Evening
Reading : read the verses again from DEUTERONOMY 32
Reflect prayerfully on these words…. And then pray as your day closes

LORD God, our great God,
For all of today
I thank You,
Even for those things that have caused me fear and concern.
Help me to rest in Your unfailing love and on Your faithful Word
As I wait for tomorrow.
As I look around at this world
In these days.
Have mercy O Lord!
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

UPPER Room Re-Opens!

As a Church we set aside a Tuesday each week and provided a place with space – the UPPER ROOM – a place for time-out. However in these times sadly it was not possible to open and run this space….UNTIL THIS TUESDAY!

You are invited to….

* A place with space
** For time-out
* Private prayer
** With God

7.30am-7.30pm

Opportunites to pray with others will be possible at 8am…12 noon and 7pm

There are guidelines to follow…..including wearing a face covering.

But…..our Tuesdays – and every day – can still be an opportunity for time out…..with God…..where we are at home or work

You are invited to pause regularly at some time during SEPTEMBER and be still with God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

You are encouraged to speak with Him….to listen to Him.…to receive from Him…especially at this time as we seek to hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church in our times.

The PATHWAY of PEACE around the Kirkyard is now closed but you can still walk around the Kirk and as you walk and think and reflect and pray in these days know that God is still walking with you.

You are invited to share in the Midday Prayers and Evening Prayers that will be posted online at 12noon and 9pm on various days on the Kirk website and on our social media pages. We are also encouraged to pray with others in our city and across our land at 5pm….focussing on all those affected by the coronavirus…..and during this particular week you are invited to join the Big Idea group of churches as they plan and prepare for the Drive-In event at Morrisons.

You are invited to pray with others in our Church family as we journey through this first week of September 2020 together…..and to listen for what God is saying to us in these particular days.

Call to Monday Midday Prayer

For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.
You rule throughout all generations.
The Lord always keeps his promises;
he is gracious in all he does.
The Lord helps the fallen
and lifts those bent beneath their loads.
The eyes of all look to you in hope;
you give them their food as they need it.
When you open your hand,
you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in everything he does;
he is filled with kindness.
The Lord is close to all who call on him,
yes, to all who call on him in truth.
He grants the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cries for help and rescues them

Amen – we say together.

Words from Psalm 145 – this morning’s Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions for SEPTEMBER 2020

This is my command – be strong and courageous!
Do not be afraid or discouraged.
For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go
.

Joshua 1 verse 9

During 2020 we have been looking at standing on the promises of God – as well as dipping into Psalm 119 some weekends – pausing in prayer at our times of Midday Devotion for others in our church family, our city and our world at this time.

In September we consider PROMISED LAND LIVING in JOSHUA and JUDGES – as well as words from Psalm 119 each weekend.
(If you want to pursue this further – Glory Days by Max Lucado is a very helpful book about Promised Land Living – Alastair has a copy to be borrowed!)

We are all encouraged to listen for God’s voice and make our response as we journey together in our ‘rhythm of devotion’ during this challenging year of 2020.

These Devotions are but one way to feed on God’s Word in the morning, at midday, in the evening… to pray with Him continually through the day and even to share with others the treasures or hurdles you discover.
The Church website and Facebook page (even on a handy mobile) provide a fuller daily devotional page. However it all follows the pattern below which the information provided fits into, based on the Kirk’s origins of the Celtic and Northumbrian traditions which we started as a church family in 2015.

Morning
Reading and Meditation on the content and Prayer of response
Midday
Prayer – mostly for others
Evening
Verse(s) from the morning reading
Reflection and Prayer at the end of the day

A Prayer for the Month of September

In Joshua we see Israel in the wilderness and the lesson that fullness of your will in us is through Jesus and not the law.
Lord, just as your people Israel experienced swollen rivers and walled cities, so do we today with viruses and sickness, people lost in darkness, man’s inhumanity to man, poverty and hardship close to home. Equip us in your strength to overcome. Bring us into your fullness; deliverance, healing and abundant living; and plant in us the fruit of your Spirit. Help us face the future with courage and keep us fixed on your Word.
Lord, your people had to wait faithfully and patiently to enter the promised land; they suffered loss when Moses, their leader, was taken from them but you met them in their loss and provided for them a new leader to take them through.
When we become impatient in waiting for you to act we need to remember that you operate on a whole different level to our understanding. Please help us to trust and feel your presence with us as we wait on you.
Thank you for your promise that you will never leave us alone.
Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven
Hallowed be Your Name.
Your kingdom come
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory.
Now and for ever
Amen

Daily Devotions for Monday 31st August, 2020

Morning
Look Upward and Pray to hear and receive from God, the Holy Spirit

Reading : PSALM 145

Meditation : take time to consider these words as your month ends.
A Hymn of Praise!
What is your hymn this morning?

Then Pray with praise and worship in response to the LORD our God

This day O God, our God,

‘I will proclaim your greatness,
My God and King’

‘Every day I will thank you’

‘The LORD is loving and merciful,
Slow to become angry and full of constant love’

‘Let all his creatures praise his holy name’

In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Midday
Pray God’s blessing on your neighbours
God of grace and mercy and rich blessing, hear our prayers we ask.

Evening
Reading : read these verses again from PSALM 145
Reflect prayerfully on what you read as you look back on your day and then give praise to our God in response

This evening O God, our God,

‘I will proclaim your greatness,
My God and King’

‘Every day I will thank you’

‘The LORD is loving and merciful,
Slow to become angry and full of constant love’

‘Let all his creatures praise his holy name’

In Jesus’ name, Amen!