|1||Read:||Isaiah 61: 1-7|
|Consider:||What signs of spring do you see around you? On this first day of a new month what do you hope for in the days to come?|
|Pray:||Give thanks for signs of new life in nature and for the promise of new life for all through Jesus.|
|2||Read:||Philippians 4: 4-9|
|Consider:||Look again at verse 6 and verse 9;
both verses begin with the word and.
What word(s) would you have used instead of and?|
|Pray:||For those who need to know God’s peace today; for those who are anxious;
for those who are impatient for change; for the bereaved. |
|3||Read:||Acts 9: 1-19|
|Consider:||Moments in your life that you look back on and see as turning points.
Key moments that stand out, what changed for you?|
|Pray:||Amazing grace — how sweet the sound — that saved a wretch like me!|
I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.
|4||Read:||Matthew 11: 27-30|
|Consider:||Ten facts you know about Jesus. Write them down.|
|Pray:||For those who have not heard the Good News; for an opportunity to share something of what you know about Jesus, either in conversation or by an action.|
|5||Read:||Colossians 4: 2-6|
|Consider:||Words that come from our lips have their source in the thoughts of our hearts. How can we ensure that our conversation is full of grace and seasoned with salt?|
|Pray:||For our Minister, Robert; for all who teach and preach in our churches;
for those who may be considering God’s call to Mission within our local communities.|
|6||Read:||1 Kings 17: 7-22|
|Consider:||What have I done to deserve this? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Don’t worry if you have. Most people will have had that thought. The widow of Zarephath wondered in verse 18 and hit out at Elijah! And in turn Elijah hit out at God, but prayed in faith and expected God to restore the boy’s life.|
|Pray:||For our Circuit; for a breakthrough in developing our Mission in all three communities, Barrhead, Girvan and Paisley. Pray that the Spirit will fill us with the breath of God, and we will be restored to follow our calling.|
|7||Read:||James 1: 22-25|
|Consider:||Who do you carry a concern for?
Who have you met or spoken to today who needs to be comforted, encouraged or made well?|
|Pray:||Do you glance in the mirror or look intently into a mirror? It depends on what you’re looking for. A blemish? A change? What are you looking for today? What do you need to hear God say to you today? Look closer at his word and reflect.|
|8||Read:||Jeremiah 1: 1-10|
|Consider:||Verses 4 and 5 — the call of Jeremiah emphasises that God is
intimately involved with his people.
In verse 8 God assures Jeremiah of his enduring presence.
|Pray:||For those who wonder if God exists;for those who have not yet met Jesus; for reassurance for those who have lost faith.
|9||Read:||Isaiah 43: 19|
|Consider:||Change doesn’t come easy! Do you welcome change or do you prefer things to stay the same? How does this verse sit with you?|
|Pray:||For your local congregation. Name each one before God. Pray for the refreshment of the Holy Spirit to embrace all that God lays before us.|
|10||Read:||Jeremiah 18: 1-4|
|Consider:||We are like clay pots, made by the potter’s hand, reshaped as necessary. What do you think of this concept?|
|Pray:||Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.|
Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me.
Break me, melt me, mould me, fill me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
|11||Read:||Mark 10: 13-16|
|Consider:||What does this short passage teach us about the Kingdom of God?|
|Pray:||For parents; for teachers; for all who nurture children. Pray for the safety of our children during the pandemic and the opportunity to be a blessing to the children we know.|
|12||Read:||Numbers 27: 12-23|
|Consider:||How do you react when plans go awry?|
Do you find it easy or difficult to adjust to new circumstances?
|Pray:||For our Minister, Robert; for those in leadership within the Circuit. Pray for wisdom and for guidance as we move on to develop our Circuit Mission Plan.|
|13||Read:||John 13: 34-35|
|Consider:||Was this a new command? Or perhaps a new perception of an old one? (Leviticus 19: 15). Why do you think Jesus put a new slant on this command?|
|Pray:||For the congregations in our Circuit; for Barrhead, Girvan and Paisley; for the other Circuits across the District; for the special meeting of Synod today, as we consider the report and resolutions, God in Love Unites Us.|
|14||Read:||John 3: 14-21|
|Consider:||Verses 16 and 17 — well known words — some quoted widely. Are the words in verse 17 widely known and understood?|
|Pray:||For all who will preach the Good News today, in churches and online. Pray that many hear and come to faith.|
|15||Read:||2 Corinthians 9: 6-8|
|Consider:||What it means to be a cheerful giver, of time, effort, self, materials.|
|Pray:||For those in need; for the opportunity to give what you have according to the need before you.|
|16||Read:||Matthew 14: 22-32|
|Consider:||Why do you think Peter wanted to get out of the safety of the boat in this story?|
|Pray:||For strength and courage to trust God with every part of your life, fixing your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.|
|17||Read:||1 Corinthians 12: 5-6;16-21|
|Consider:||How do you use your gifts to serve others in the Church and in the world?|
|Pray:||For the opportunity to be a blessing to someone today.|
|18||Read:||Genesis 18: 1-15|
|Consider:||Verse 12 — Do you carry an impossible dream? Have you given up on it?|
|Pray:||Share your dream with God in the context of prayer.|
|Consider:||Paul wrote this short letter to Philemon asking him to forgive his slave Onesimus, who had stolen from him and absconded, and to go further than that, to accept him as a Christian brother. What Christ has done for us we can do for others.|
|Pray:||Give thanks that God does not hold grudges; that when he forgives, he forgives and sets free. Pray for strength to do likewise.|
|20||Read:||Matthew 11: 28|
|Consider:||Have you ever gone through a time when circumstances have overwhelmed you? How did it affect your day-to-day life?|
|Pray:||For all who feel weighed down by their circumstances; for all who are anxious and afraid; for all who carry responsibility for others.|
|21||Read:||John 12: 20-33|
|Consider:||The ‘seeking Greeks’ were never given a personal audience with Jesus, but nevertheless the truth is revealed to them in Jesus’ speech. The imagery of the kernel is stark; for the kernel to become a plant it must give up its life as a kernel.|
|Pray:||For those you know personally who have not heard the truth of the Gospel message for themselves.|
|22||Read:||Galatians 5: 22-25|
|Consider:||The list of virtues mentioned here are what those in Christ should expect to see flowing from our lives when we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us.|
|Pray:||For our Minister, Robert; for our three congregations in Barrhead, Girvan and Paisley; for the leading of the Spirit as we seek to serve these communities.|
|Consider:||The UK went into lockdown 12 months ago today. What has helped you to keep faith?|
|Pray:||Use the words of Psalm 121 as a prayer; insert me/my in place of you/your.|
|24||Read:||1 Peter 1: 3-9|
|Consider:||There are two sides to perseverance for Christians:|
(a) by God’s power and
(b) by our own faith.
These work hand in hand.
|Pray:||For those who are undergoing difficulties at the moment; for those whose faith is being tested and who need to know that God’s power is the source of perseverance.|
|Consider:||An invitation to people in exile ready to return home, many without possessions or money. The invitation is to more than sustenance, it offers hope. What do you thirst for as we wait for Covid-19 to subside?|
|Pray:||Give thanks for those things you have discovered in Psalm 46.|
Take time to breathe in and out and draw on the presence of Almighty God with you.
|26||Read:||Isaiah 55: 1|
|Consider:||“I have calmed and quietened my soul.” For a few moments, close your eyes and breathe; allow yourself to enter into that calm and quiet place.|
|Pray:||Let nothing disturb or dismay us, O God, for all things are passing, and you alone are unchanging. All things are wrought in patience, O God, and those who possess you lack nothing. Our sufficiency, O God, is in you alone, now and always. Amen. (Teresa of Avila 1515-1582)|
|27||Read:||Jeremiah 1: 31-34|
|Consider:||This passage is a key element of a new future that only God can create. Does it give you hope for these days?|
|Pray:||As we wait for the restrictions on life to ease, that we would not give up hope but trust in our God, who restores, refreshes and renews.|
|28||Read:||John 12: 12-19|
|Consider:||Hosanna! The word hosanna means, save, rescue, Saviour!|
The time that the Jews had waited for had come! Were the pilgrims caught up in something too big to understand or had they truly expected their Messiah to appear?
|Pray:||That as you journey this week towards Good Friday, you will see the glory of God as the story unfolds and you will be able to cry out Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.|
|29||Read:||John 12: 1-8|
|Consider:||And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume (verse 3). What is your favourite fragrance? Does it invoke a memory of an event or a person for you?|
|Pray:||Thank God for the sacrificial love of Jesus poured out for you and for many on the cross. Reflect for a moment.|
|30||Read:||John 12: 9-11|
|Consider:||The bad feeling expressed here for Jesus and for Lazarus is the result of people no longer pursuing the will of God?|
|Pray:||For the Church, that she would be a transmitter of love;|
for the Methodist Church, sharing the Good News to all;
for our Circuit, seeking to reach out into our communities to demonstrate the love of God in action.
|31||Read:||John 12: 44-50|
|Consider:||This affirmation of purpose is a wonderful note on which to end Jesus’ earthly ministry.|
|Pray:||Thank God for Jesus.|