G.I.F.T. 1-29-17

Growing In Faith Together  

January 29, 2017

TODAY’S TEXTS
 Micah 6:1-8
Psalm 15
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Matthew 5:1-12


GATHERED BY GRACE

Who are the blessed ones of God? For Micah, they are those who do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. For Paul, they are the ones who find wisdom in the weakness of the cross. For Jesus, they are the poor, mourners, the meek, those who hunger for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers. 
- Sundays and Seasons, Augsburg Fortress, 2017

Discuss in your household or small group: 
* How do you seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God?
* What captures your attention in the Beatitudes? Do you find yourself feeling blessed? Why or why not?
* What do you think Jesus want us to see through his descriptions in the Beatitudes? 
* Who or what have you seen in the past week that corresponds to the values expressed in the Beatitudes?

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  Matthew 5:1-12
Monday  Psalm 37:1-11
Tuesday  James 5:1-6
Wednesday  Luke 6:17-26
Thursday  Psalm 112:1-10
Friday  James 3:13-18
Saturday  Mark 7:1-8
Sunday  Matthew 5:13-20

Next Sunday: Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 112:1-10; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; Matthew 5:13-20

PRAYERS FOR THIS WEEK 

For the Week: Teach me to be gracious. Teach me to be grateful. Teach me to be generous.

Throughout the Day: Give me an eye for injustice and a tender heart.

A Blessing to Share: May God’s love fill you and flow forth from you.

For mealtime say responsively: What does the Lord require of you? Do justice. Love kindness. Walk humbly with God.

Epiphany Mealtime Prayer:
 We thank you Lord, for this our meal, 
For grace and love and gifts that heal.
Give us willing hearts to share
With others when they need our care.  Amen
      
FOR FURTHER REFLECTION  

Devotional Practice:
 Keep a journal this week. Each day, jot down signs of God’s Kingdom, where you see God at work. It may be something you observe directly, or hear about, or discover in the news. Keeping such a journal will develop your skills in keeping alert for signs of the Kingdom. At the end of each day, reflect on your notes and offer thanks to God.

Ritual for the Epiphany Season: 
During this season, we focus on growing in our discipleship as we “make Christ manifest” to the world. Imagine the ways you show love to those at home, work or school. Draw pictures on small pieces of papers which illustrate ways you show God’s love. Attach the squares to a length of decorative ribbon and hang it near the door you use to come and go. When you see it, pray:  May I shine with God’s love for all I meet. Amen

SCATTERED TO SERVE
Pick up some extra groceries this week and drop them by the Crisis Center, 121 Gilbert Court, OR bring them to worship with you next Sunday.  The need is great and the shelves are often sparse.  Ideas include: Canned meats, vegetables, or stews/soups, toilet paper and disposable diapers.

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Written by Pam Larabee-Zierath


Gathered by Grace, Scattered for Service
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