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    SunSundayJunJune11th2017 Daily Devotionals
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    Our pastor-led 15 and 15 daily devotionals are currently on hiatus. However, the challenge remains the same: read for 15 minutes, pray for 15 minutes. Every day.

    Until we're back with new posts and/or a new direction, here are some options for your daily devotional time:

    • Continue the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina, focusing on one key scripture each week. To read more about Lectio Divina, we invite you to visit the related post on our Spiritual Formation Blog. You may wish to follow along with the scripture readings listed in the Methodist Lectionary Calendar.
    • The Upper Room: printed devotional books are available in the brochure racks for a suggested $1 donation, or you may read online at devotional.upperroom.org.
    • Jesus Calling: if you do not have your own Jesus Calling book, they are available in the church office, or you can follow along on the Jesus Calling app or read or listen to uplifting stories on their blog at www.jesuscalling.com/blog.
    SatSaturdayJunJune10th2017 Saturday, June 10
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    Read: Acts 2:1-18

    “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young will see visions. Your elders will dream dreams.” This is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. I want so much for sons and daughters to stand and profess God’s reign on earth. I have witnessed so many times our young people who have visions far beyond anything that I can see. I have learned from my elders who have dreamed great and wondrous dreams. In short, I know this passage to be true. This is my last devotional for Grapevine FUMC. The birth of something new and fresh is the best way I know how to leave you. Follow the Spirit. Take chances. Dream dreams. Include children and youth in your visions. Remember, every time the soul of the church is shaken and put down in a new place, every time the church makes witness to the world for justice and peace and hope, is a gift of the Spirit. Make the most of it. Amen.

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    Prayer:  Come, Spirit of God, and move and change us!  Take us—our lives and loves, our ideas and questions—and use us to serve others.  Gift us with the language of grace.  Guide us with vision and imagination as we meet the deep needs of this community.  Sustain us as we build a better world. God of fire and beauty, warm our hearts this day. God of peace and justice, revive our hearts this day.  God of wind and wonder, live in our hearts this day.  Amen.

    FriFridayJunJune9th2017 Friday, June 9
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    Read: Acts 2:1-18

    “Your young will see visions. Your elders will dream dreams.” The dream is not simply about what any one of us in particular want the Church to be, but rather for each of us give voice to the voice of the Spirit of God speaking to us individually that we might hear collectively the call of God. Like disciples in an Upper Room, we wait and pray; we dream and long. Think about your dreams and visions for this church and ways to make them realities. Stretch your vision to see farther than you normally do. What ignites you? I’ve been told that I stand on my tip-toes when I’m really preaching something. What makes you stand on your tip-toes?

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    Prayer:  Come, Spirit of God, and move and change us!  Take us—our lives and loves, our ideas and questions—and use us to serve others.  Gift us with the language of grace.  Guide us with vision and imagination as we meet the deep needs of this community.  Sustain us as we build a better world. God of fire and beauty, warm our hearts this day. God of peace and justice, revive our hearts this day.  God of wind and wonder, live in our hearts this day.  Amen.

    ThuThursdayJunJune8th2017 Thursday, June 8
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    Read: Acts 2:1-18

    “They were all surprised and bewildered. Some asked each other, ‘What does this mean?’ Others jeered at them, saying, ‘They’re full of new wine!’” Speaking in those new languages only as the Spirit gives ability, and most often in ways that are too deep for words. Experiences of healing. Steps toward inclusivity. Glimpses of justice. All, mind you, not as privatized affairs, but as widely and deeply communal undertakings. The Spirit appeared to the whole gathering, to a people, and not to individuals off somewhere by their lonesome. That is the power of the gathered faith community – of the church. We come together and do the impossible with God’s help and the Spirit’s guidance. In what ways can you deepen your relationships in the church? How can you learn a new “language” to tell God’s story?

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    Prayer:  Come, Spirit of God, and move and change us!  Take us—our lives and loves, our ideas and questions—and use us to serve others.  Gift us with the language of grace.  Guide us with vision and imagination as we meet the deep needs of this community.  Sustain us as we build a better world. God of fire and beauty, warm our hearts this day. God of peace and justice, revive our hearts this day.  God of wind and wonder, live in our hearts this day.  Amen.

    WedWednesdayJunJune7th2017 Wednesday, June 7
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    Read: Acts 2:1-18

    As United Methodists we seem to be somewhat uncomfortable with the Holy Spirit and we try to keep the relationship with the Spirit inside, only for individual, personal experience. The story of the Spirit's descent at Pentecost lights a fire and says that’s not possible. This outpouring of the Spirit is anything but quiet and personal. Everything is by wind and fire, loud talk, buzzing confusion and public debate. The Spirit is the power which enables the church to 'go public' to attract a crowd to have something to say worth hearing." Where have your story and God’s story intersected so powerfully that it must be told?

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    Prayer:  Come, Spirit of God, and move and change us!  Take us—our lives and loves, our ideas and questions—and use us to serve others.  Gift us with the language of grace.  Guide us with vision and imagination as we meet the deep needs of this community.  Sustain us as we build a better world. God of fire and beauty, warm our hearts this day. God of peace and justice, revive our hearts this day.  God of wind and wonder, live in our hearts this day.  Amen.


    TueTuesdayJunJune6th2017 Tuesday, June 6
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    Read: Acts 2:1-18

    “They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak.” The Spirit giving ability seems vital to this story, to every story, really. God does not have one language. Through each other, God speaks to us in a language that we can understand. God knows we all have our own heart language. It is a language that tells us that we are at home with God the moment we hear it. There are several hymns that I think I have always known. They are in my bones. They are part of my heart language. Your heart language could be a familiar sound or prayer, even a smell that you recognize as your home before you are even aware of it. It might even be the sound of your name. How has God spoken to your heart this day? What language did God use?

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    Prayer:  Come, Spirit of God, and move and change us!  Take us—our lives and loves, our ideas and questions—and use us to serve others.  Gift us with the language of grace.  Guide us with vision and imagination as we meet the deep needs of this community.  Sustain us as we build a better world. God of fire and beauty, warm our hearts this day. God of peace and justice, revive our hearts this day.  God of wind and wonder, live in our hearts this day.  Amen.

    MonMondayJunJune5th2017 Monday, June 5
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    Read: Acts 2:1-18

    There really is something amazing about fire. I, myself, have always been afraid of it.  No matter how many candles you see on the altar, flames make me nervous.  I have no idea where the phobia came from, but it’s there.  But you have to admit, fire is frightening and enlivening at the same time. It is the very essence of energy and power and yet its very nature is inherently uncontrollable.  In the dark coolness of a summer’s night it brings light and warmth. At a campfire it can take a simple marshmallow and make it into a ball of creamy hot deliciousness.  No wonder when Luke describes the gift of the Holy Spirit coming on the disciples he describes it as "Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.”  How will you fan the flames of the Spirit in your life today?

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    Prayer:  Come, Spirit of God, and move and change us!  Take us—our lives and loves, our ideas and questions—and use us to serve others.  Gift us with the language of grace.  Guide us with vision and imagination as we meet the deep needs of this community.  Sustain us as we build a better world. God of fire and beauty, warm our hearts this day. God of peace and justice, revive our hearts this day.  God of wind and wonder, live in our hearts this day.  Amen.


    SatSaturdayJunJune3rd2017 Saturday, June 3
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    Scripture:  Matthew 28:16-20

    “Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.” This gospel also ends with a promise. Christ promises to be with us to the end of the present age. It is a promise that I count on daily. I’m not sure if I had to live this life without the incarnated God beside me and the Spirit guiding me, how I would manage to live life with all of its stings and snares. I have found that I count on the promise of presence more than most other things in this life. And when I feel its absence, I know I have to do everything in my power to reconnect to the source of my life. Sometimes, there are days when the presence of God feels so far away. I’m human, and I’m prone to wander from the God I love. But then, I return to this promise and a few others like it in scripture, gently reminding me that there is nowhere that I can go that is beyond the reach of God’s love and faithful presence. That is a promise.

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    Prayer:  God of our lives, you have called us since before we were born.  You challenge us to live out our calling to be your disciples.   You call us into a family of faith, asking us to use our many gifts in community to transform lives. God of new life, you call us to work together for justice and peace.  You give us eyes to see the world’s brokenness.  You give us ears to hear the cries of the hungry.  You call us to be your agents of love in this world.  And by your grace we are your children, your people, your church—called, gifted and sent.  Amen.

    FriFridayJunJune2nd2017 Friday, June 2
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    Scripture:  Matthew 28:16-20

    “Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”  This is how Matthew ends his entire gospel, with a commission to spread the good news to the ends of the earth.  I have always wondered if the gospel writer could have ever thought about the generations who would read or hear these words and be inspired to live them in thousands of meaningful ways.  It almost defies imagining.  The countless missionaries who depend upon these words for their lives.  Those of us in the pews who are inspired to do more because of the commandments of Christ.  How will we live our lives so that this gospel will find its truth in our actions?


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    Prayer:  God of our lives, you have called us since before we were born.  You challenge us to live out our calling to be your disciples.   You call us into a family of faith, asking us to use our many gifts in community to transform lives. God of new life, you call us to work together for justice and peace.  You give us eyes to see the world’s brokenness.  You give us ears to hear the cries of the hungry.  You call us to be your agents of love in this world.  And by your grace we are your children, your people, your church—called, gifted and sent.  Amen.

    ThuThursdayJunJune1st2017 Thursday, June 1
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    Scripture:  Matthew 28:16-20

    “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you.”  This verse is known as the Great Commission.  It is the great sending forth that preachers are supposed to echo in one way or another to end every worship service.  There is a plaque on an ancient chapel in Scotland right before you leave that says, “You have worshipped, here is where the service begins.”  Our church has lived that out in so many ways.  We tend to baptize those we meet in the waters of love.  We welcome into God’s family those we meet.  May we always be so immersed in our own baptismal vows that we never forget the depth of grace and the commandment to invite others that we find there.


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    Prayer:  God of our lives, you have called us since before we were born.  You challenge us to live out our calling to be your disciples.   You call us into a family of faith, asking us to use our many gifts in community to transform lives. God of new life, you call us to work together for justice and peace.  You give us eyes to see the world’s brokenness.  You give us ears to hear the cries of the hungry.  You call us to be your agents of love in this world.  And by your grace we are your children, your people, your church—called, gifted and sent.  Amen.

    Daily DevotionalsRead Scripture for 15 minutes. Pray for 15 minutes. Every day.by Read Scripture for 15 minutes. Pray for 15 minutes. Every day. These daily readings are chosen by the pastor to relate to the sermon that was preached the previous Sunday.
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