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PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD: 30TH APRIL – 7 – 13TH MAY 2018

Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.

Psalm 85:10-13

10 Unfailing love and truth have met together.
    Righteousness and peace have kissed!
11 Truth springs up from the earth,
    and righteousness smiles down from heaven.
12 Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings.
    Our land will yield its bountiful harvest.
13 Righteousness goes as a herald before him,
    preparing the way for his steps.

Please pray for:                              

  • Continued prayer for President Cyril Ramaphosa – To seek God’s guidance daily as he steers our country, makes decisions, and roots out corruption.
  • Pray for a stop to femicide and for those families who mourn the senseless loss of their daughters, mothers and grandmothers.
  • Pray for those who perpetrate violent crimes and the loss of life that results. Pray for the families who have lost their loved ones through these callous acts of hatred and disregard for the other who stands in front of them.
  • Pray for those who feel the need to abandon their babies and children – Lord you know their motivation for these actions and we pray for grace in their lives and the lives of these young people and children.
  • Continue to pray for rain in the Cape – for the drought to break.
  • Pray for our Circuit Pentecost Service on 20th – may many lives be touched through our witness.
  • Pray for our Methodist Churches during Mission Month – may lives be changed and new life be sparked in those who serve and who are served by our churches.
  • Pray for our Bishop and the District Executive as they prepare for Synod later in the month – my God’s Spirit guide the preparations and the hearts and minds of those attending that we may discern the mind of Christ in matters that affect our life together as church.
  • Pray for the peace of Christ to guard our hearts and minds as people, community and nation.

Because of our God’s deep compassion,
    the dawn from heaven will break upon us,
      to give light to those who are sitting in darkness
            and in the shadow of death,
        to guide us on the path of peace.” Luke 1:78-79

Amen!

PROTECTION – 13TH MAY 2018

 (Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 7TH – 13TH May 2018)

ICE BREAKER: What comes to mind when you hear the word protection?

FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: READ John 17:6-19

  1. Jesus’ whole prayer is from verses 1-26. In verses 6-19 Jesus is concerned about the disciples. The disciples were chosen from the world (v6), are in the world (v11), are hated by the world (v14), and are not of the world (v14, 16). Jesus prays that they would be protected from the “evil one” who is at work in the world, but he doesn’t ask that they be taken out of the world (v15). Shew, this is complicated! Discuss what you feel this meant for the disciples when they heard these words prayed over them and what it means for you today.
  1. In what ways do you think the Father protects us today as we are in the world but not of the world, so that we fulfil and continue Jesus mission in the world?
  1. Jesus prayed for and still prays for his followers. He’s praying for unity and protection, especially from the impact of the evil one and all that separates us from each other. How have you experienced Jesus protection encircling you and giving you courage to face life’s challenges with grace and trust?
  1. There is a thought that Jesus’ prayer for us is an act of ‘encircling’ us, much like the Celtic practice of “Caim” – before a journey or facing threat, a person draws a circle around them self as a sign that God surrounds them completely. In view of this how does St Patrick’s prayer speak to you of God’s protection:

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

  1. Do you think we are always encircled by God’s love and protection? Why or why not?
  1. Unity is quite a buzz word in many circles nowadays. What do you think Jesus means when he refers to unity and protection in verses 11-12 (also look at verses 21-23)?
  1. What else strikes you as significant in this passage? Discuss with your group.

NOTE: Prayers for SA & the World are posted on the website. Please encourage your group to pray together about these issues and during their personal devotional time in the week.

PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD: 30TH APRIL – 6TH MAY 2018

Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.

“May my meditation be pleasing to him as I rejoice in the Lord”

Psalm 104.34

Please pray for: 

Give thanks for our rain in KZN, for our full dams and beautiful lush farms.

Give thanks for our Churches that are making a difference in our country and all those charitable works that are carried out by selfless people.                             

  • Pray for our Rhino’s for God to preserve them and for the poaching to be bought to a stop. For Protection of all those that guard them at the risk of their lives
  • Continued prayer for President Cyril Ramaphosa – To seek God’s guidance daily as he steers our country and makes decisions, and roots out corruption.
  • Pray for those hurt at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Pray for better control in future, and those that instigated the violence to be dealt with.
  • Continue to pray for rain in the Cape – for the drought to break
  • Pray For those affected by Listeriosis. Pray for an end to infections
  • Pray for those who are in prison, some even imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit. Pray for those who whilst incarcerated have turned their lives around, that they will continue to hope in Christ. Pray for restorative justice that reconciles one to the other, including their families, community and even the family of those who have been offended.
  • Pray for those who are free but are imprisoned by their unforgiveness, idolatry or anything that separates them from their loved ones, community and our Lord.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”

Romans 15 vrs 13

Amen!

FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD – 6TH MAY 2018

(Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 30 April – 6th May 2018)

ICE BREAKER: What do you think it means to be servants of love for the life of the world?

FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: Acts 10:44-48, John 15:9-17

  1. READ: Acts 10:44-48. In the preceding verses (34-43) Peter is preaching and through whom God was making it clear that the Good News of Christ is for everyone. Cornelius and Peter are two very different people – take note of these differences.
  1. Are you ever surprised or perhaps even miffed or sceptical that Holy Spirit appears to be working through someone to the point that you question the authenticity thereof? What does it take to adjust your thoughts and heart attitude on the matter?
  1. What do you think about the invitation of Cornelius for Peter to stay with him? How can we embrace and encourage new believers in Christ?
  1. READ John 15:9-17. A familiar passage that expresses God’s love for us. What joy can be found in living in close communion with Christ each day?
  1. Christ loves completely and sacrificially. In what ways can we express love for each other (verses 12-13) so that the other experiences the love of God for them through us?
  1. What do you think is the significance of verse 15 in our journey and witness of faith, hope and love?
  1. Read verses 16-17 again. These verses speak of choice and a command. What choice/s do you need to make in order to live out the command of Christ, which is to “love one another”? Who is the ‘one another’ in your life – can you love them?

For further Reflection:

Offering of self to God

May the words of our mouths and the thoughts that guide our actions be in accord with your continuous and costly commitment to justice, peace, and health in the world you love so much. In the name of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven who gives life to the world. Amen

A Guide to Prayer for those who walk with God, Pg. 194.

NOTE: Prayers for SA & the World are posted on the website. Please encourage your group to pray together about these issues and during their personal devotional time in the week.

PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD: 16TH – 22ND APRIL 2018

Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.

Ephesians 3:16: “I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being.”

The Lord’s Kingdom is His spiritual reign in the life of the believer. May our spiritual growth increase daily in maturity, obedience, be rooted in love, faithfulness and trust. Please do not spend time and energy in fear, worry and negativity. PRAY; BELIEVE; RECEIVE. God recycles evil into righteousness. Joseph is the epitome of grace when faced with anger and revenge, we too can show grace, trust our Father and PRAY.

We have seen the power of prayer. Let’s not get complacent.

Please pray for:

  • The innocent who are preyed on by scam artists.
  • Pray for the unscrupulous who deliberately sabotage computers or burn buildings or deface walls or perpetrate ID theft.
  • The future elections – we are not yet a stable country. Power game playing is still very evident.
  • Please pray for the unrest in Syria.
  • Give thanks for the many South Africans who achieved success at the Common wealth games.
  • Pray that motorists will desist from using their cell phones while driving.
  • Pray for the NPO’s to have access to necessary funding, help them to be creative in their approach and use of these resources, so that those who need their assistance receive it. May the recipients of these NPO’s also see themselves as participants in resolving their situations.

Think on this…

“Words cannot describe the ‘knowing’ that God is with us and neither can the presence ever be confused or misapprehended when once that visitation comes into one’s room. Oh, I might lay hold of it and live each moment in the realization of this ineffable presence and knowing. It’s in the silence and stillness that God comes. A vacuum is always needed for God to fill – no vacuum, no visitation! We must create a time of no-thing and then wait in stillness.” Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer For All Who Walk with God, Page 183.

Amen.

CREATIVITY: WHO ARE YOU? – 22ND APRIL 2018

(Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 16TH – 22ND April 2018)

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ICE BREAKER: Dolly Parton once said, ‘Find out who you are then do it on purpose.’ What do you think about this statement?

FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: Romans 12:1-8

  1. READ: Romans 12:1-8. Do you think or believe that you are a product of God creativity? Why or why not?
  1. How to we discover who we are? Perhaps a place to start is to reflect on what you love doing, or what are you drawn to? Think about this and share it with your group. Affirm each other in your discovery together.
  1. The next thing to consider is, how do you relate to others and to the world? Are you a deep thinker or a feelings person? Are you an introvert or and extrovert? Discuss with your group.
  1. READ verses 6-8 again. READ: 1 Cor. 12:7-11. Can you find yourself (broadly speaking) in any one of those groupings? Can you see yourself enjoying and developing the gifts you’ve been given?
  1. What do you think happens when we deny who we are (refer to verse 3b), or are afraid to explore ourselves and our world, much like one does when travelling – there are exciting things to discover?
  1. Verse 2 speaks about transformation – in this season of Easter in what ways could you embrace, rediscover or sharpen yourself as one who’s created in the image of God so that someone else’s life is touched and transformed?
  1. How can the image of a human body that has diverse parts to it teach us a society to live and work together? What creative things could be done to strengthen us a church, particularly in this time of transition within our society?

For further Reflection:

Let it be

that you will ever

turn yourself Godward.

In clarity

and in confusion,

in distress

and in delight,

may your mind

find it’s home and its rest

in the One whose thoughts

are ever stayed on you.

Jan. L. Richardson, In the Sanctuary of Women – A Guide to Prayer for those who walk with God, Pg. 184.

NOTE: Prayers for SA & the World are posted on the website. Please encourage your group to pray together about these issues and during their personal devotional time in the week.