G.I.F.T. 11-29-15 Advent 1

 Growing In Faith Together   
 November 29, 2015

 Today’s Texts: 
 Jeremiah 33:14-16 
 Psalm 25:1-10
 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 
 Luke 21:25-36

Gathered by Grace: 
Advent extends an invitation. The invitation: don't just do something, stand there. Don’t get weighed down or distracted. Your redemption draws near.

Discuss in your household or small group: 
*  What is your greatest longing this Advent season?
*  Where do you find hope? 
*  Where do you look for or see signs of God’s kingdom? We are advised to “keep alert.” For what do you think we should be alert?
* Chaos, inflicted by people on people as well as natural disasters may be the norm but they are not the final thing to be said. This is the ultimate word; "my word will not pass away". In what ways does that truth affect your attitudes and actions right now?

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    Luke 21:25-36         Thursday Luke 1:68-79
Monday Psalm 90                   Friday         Malachi 3:16-18
Tuesday Revelation 22:12-16   Saturday Malachi 4:1-6
Wednesday Luke 11:29-32        Sunday Luke 3:1-6

NEXT SUNDAY: Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6

Memory Verse: To you, O Lord,
I lift up my soul.
Psalm 25:1
Prayers for this Week 
For the Week: Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come.

Throughout the Day: I put my hope in you, O God.

A Blessing to Share: Abound in love for one another.

For mealtime say responsively: Show us your ways O Lord: Teach us your paths.

Advent Mealtime Prayer:
Come, Lord Jesus, be our Guest,
And let thy gifts to us be blessed.
Blest be God, who is our Bread.
      May all the world be clothed and fed.
Amen


For further reflection  

Devotional Practice: 
Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in thee. Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art, dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart. Amen.

Advent  Ritual: 
Each morning in Advent read 1st Thessalonians 3:12: May the Lord make you abound in love for one another and for all. Then at some point it your day, abound in love! Here are some ideas:
November 30: Make eye contact and smile at those you encounter.
December 1: Run an errand for someone.
December 2: Give your waiter or waitress a huge tip.
December 3: Be a courteous driver.
December 4: Check in on someone you know is alone.
December 5: Send someone a small gift anonymously.

Scattered to serve
You can get a tag with a Christmas wish on it from the Gloria Dei Angel Tree. Gifts are due back 12/9, unwrapped with tag attached.

OR

Drop off a new unwrapped toy at the Salvation Army, 1116 S Gilbert Ct, Iowa City, IA 52240


Weekly Reflection on these texts at gatheredbygrace.org


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Written by Pam Larabee-Zierath


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