G.I.F.T.June 28th

G.I.F.T.
Growing In Faith Together
June 28th 2015  
Today’s Texts: Lamentations 3:22-33; Psalm 30;
2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43

Gathered by Grace:
The reading from Lamentations declares that “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will hope in him”. In the Gospel, both Jairus, a leader in the synagogue, and an unnamed woman come to Jesus in faith, putting their hope in his power to heal and to bring life out of death. We too are invited to turn to God, whose compassion knows no boundaries.

Discuss in your household or small group:
·         What can help you remember that God’s mercies are new every morning?
·         What hurdles might have stood in the way of seeking Jesus’ help for Jairus; for the unnamed woman? 
·         What hurdles stand in your way of seeking God’s help today?


Try to memorize this verse:
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end.
Lamentations 3:22


Daily Bible Readings:
These readings are related to the Sunday readings. M-W reflect upon the past Sunday’s readings and Th-Sa prepare for the next Sunday.  Try to take time each day to read the assigned Bible passage.
· Sunday
Mark 5:21-43
· Thursday

Psalm 123 :1-4

· Monday
Mark 9:14-29
· Friday

John 14:1-7

· Tuesday
Psalm 88
· Saturday

Matthew 8:18-22

· Wednesday
2 Kings 20:1-11
· Sunday

Mark 6:1-13


NEXT SUNDAY:  Ezekiel 2:1-5; Psalm 123; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13

 

Prayers for this Week:


For the Week: Compassionate God, grant comfort to those who need healing. Amen

For Throughout the Day: God, thank you for your mercies. Amen

A Blessing to Share:  Go in peace. Be healed!




Mealtime:

Say responsively: Give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good: for God’s mercy endures forever.

Meal Prayer from Bible Camp:         (Tune of “Yankee Doodle”)

We thank you Lord for daily bread,
For rain and sunny weather.
We thank you Lord for this our food
And that we are together.
Thank you, thank you, thank you Lord,
Thank you, thank you, thank you Father,
Thank you Lord for this our food And that we are together.

Devotional Practice: We all have old hurts and pains that need healing. In your devotions, talk with Jesus about a hurt you carry within you. Ask to be healed. Imagine Jesus saying “your faith has made you well”. Rest in his presence.

Summer RitualThis summer start each morning with a simple prayer: Lord, show me something incredible. Amen. Then watch to see what the treasure is. When you find it, in your mind add a tag “Made by God”.

Scattered to serve:  “Laughter is the best medicine”. Help those around you feel better.  Tell jokes to people who seem weary and worn. Here’s a couple from an 8 and a 9 year old to start you out:

Knock, knock.                              What planet got married?
Who’s there?              [Saturn. It has a ring!]
Hutch.                                      
Hutch who?
Did you sneeze?




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Written by Pam Larabee-Zierath


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