G.I.F.T. 5-22-16

 Growing In Faith Together

 May 22, 2016
 Trinity Sunday

 TODAY’S TEXTS
 Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
 Psalm 8
 Romans 5:1-5
 John 16:12-15

 GATHERED BY GRACE
Today we celebrate the name of God: holy blessed Trinity. There is no other day quite like this one in the church’s year. There is no other god like ours. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!  
        -Sundays and Seasons, 2010 Augsburg Fortress

Discuss in your household or small group: 
* In Proverb the speaker says “I found delight in the human race.” Do you think God takes delight in you?
* The Holy Spirit points to the saving work of Jesus. Who points to Jesus in your life?
* Can you find all three persons of the Trinity in the Romans text? 
* What is the “job description” of the Holy Spirit you find in verses 13 and 14 of the Gospel reading? 
* What “evidence” do we find in today’s readings that "God is a Community?" 

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 John 16:12-15
Monday Proverbs 8:5-21
Tuesday Ephesians 4:7-16
Wednesday Psalm 124:1-5
Thursday Psalm 96:1-9
Friday 2 Corinthians 11:1-6
Saturday Luke 4:31-37
Sunday Luke 7:1-10

NEXT SUNDAY: 1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43; Psalm 96:1-9; Galatians 1:1-12; Luke 7:1-10

PRAYERS FOR THIS WEEK

For the Week: 
Three-In-One, help me to live in your love.

Throughout the Day: 
I rejoice in you, O Triune God.

A Blessing to Share: 
Glory and praise to God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever.

For mealtime say responsively: In hope we are born, in partnership we are called: In love, we live.

Trinity Mealtime Prayer:   
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; 
Praise God, all creatures here below; 
Praise God above, you heavenly hosts. 
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen


FOR FURTHER REFLECTION  

Devotional Practice: 
This week when you pray, try addressing your prayers to different Persons in the Trinity. Are your prayers to the Father different than those to the Son and/or the Spirit? Reflect on your relationship with the Trinity. Here are some thoughts: God is love. The dynamic inter-relationships of Three-In-One make love possible, for without relationships with others there is no love; the Trinity describes the fullness of a God who creates, redeems, and makes us holy. The Trinity keeps us from forgetting our responsibilities to creation by reminding us of the Creator-Father or of the ever-new possibilities for our lives inspired by the Spirit.

Trinity Ritual: 
Saint Patrick used a shamrock to describe the Trinity. Draw a large shamrock (three hearts connected at their points do pretty well). In each leaf, write one of the following statements: IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER; AND OF THE SON; AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Place it where you can see it each morning and use it to begin your day in the name of the Triune God.

SCATTERED FOR SERVICE
Take a large garbage bag and go for a neighborhood walk.  Collect as many “lost” or discarded items as you can find.

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Written by Pam Larabee-Zierath


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