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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.

“whoever watches the wind will not plant, whoever looks at the clouds will not reap” – Ecclesiastes 11:4

Please pray for:                              

  • The people of South Africa to be positive about South Africa, to push forward in spite of the negatives they see around them, to invest themselves in the Country and trust God
  • The people of South Africa to notice the good that is being done for others and for our Country
  • Our diverse population to work together in a healthy and productive way
  • Our children to grow up without the injustices from the past being perpetuated
  • Equal opportunities for all
  • Continued prayer for Cyril Ramaphosa – To seek God’s guidance daily as he steers our country and makes decisions; and roots out corruption.
  • Continue to pray for rain in the Cape – for the drought to be completely broken
  • 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.

“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 15:13

Amen!

PENTECOST – 20TH MAY 2018

 (Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 14th – 20th May 2018)

ICE BREAKER: Share an overwhelming experience – what impact did it make on you or those with you?

FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: READ Ezekiel 37:1-14 and Acts 2:1-21

  1. Think of a time when you were buffeted by the wind. Think of the power behind that wind – one can only marvel at this power. Think about the initial appearance of the Holy Spirit that manifested its tremendous power in the movement of the wind and tongues of flames. Think of the dry bones that became covered with flesh and that put breath in Ezekiel. In the same vein as the ice-breaker is there anything you’d like to add now that you’ve reflected a little more? Share this with the group.
  1. Another thing you may have noticed in the Acts reading is that the Holy Spirit touched everyone in that Upper Room – people from all over the known world, from different faith beliefs, cultures and languages. How do you feel about the work of the Holy Spirit today – on the belief that the Holy Spirit is at work amongst all peoples, how can you be part of the transforming work of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis?
  1. What else do you notice about the work of the Holy Spirit amongst the people on that day of Pentecost, and in the prophecy in Ezekiel?
  1. There is a strong call to salvation, and reaching out to the marginalised, in both texts. Have you experienced the power of the Holy Spirit at work in you (or perhaps someone else) to share the message of salvation with others, perhaps especially with those whom you would have least expected it? Share this experience with the group.
  1. So we’ve been looking to the work of the Holy Spirit through you to others… but what about you – how have you experienced the Holy Spirit’s presence and power in worship, in Holy Communion or witnessing a Baptism, or during a prayer or study time or some area of service. What impact did these personal experiences make in your belief in God and in your faith?
  1. Have you experienced moments of courage, or power to deal with a challenge or grief and to be faithful in following Christ?
  1. How has the Holy Spirit revealed more of Christ to you – his love for you, and to be more open in your heart and mind to learn more about Christ and being a Christ-follower?

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 – 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.