G.I.F.T. 11-25-18

 Growing In Faith Together 

 November 25, 2018
 Christ the King

 TODAY’S TEXTS 
 Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
 Psalm 93 
 Revelation 1:4-8
 John 18:33-37

 GATHERED BY GRACE 
 Jesus is interrogated by Pilate to see if this “King of the Jews” is a serious threat to the Roman empire’s domination of Judea. His answer is more unsettling – and powerful - than yes. Jesus dominion lies in God’s love on the cross.

Discuss in your household or small group: 
* Re-read Daniel 7:9-10. What do you think Daniel wants to say about God through this language? How do you respond to this language? What kind of language do you normally use when talking about God?
* In v. 5a of Revelation, what three titles are given to Jesus? What do each of these mean to you? 
* What do you think Pilate would have understood "King of the Jews" to mean?
*  How would you answer the question, “What is truth?”

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 18:33-37
Monday Psalm 76:1-3
Tuesday Revelation 11:16-18
Wednesday John 16:25-33
Thursday Psalm 25:1-3
Friday 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22
Saturday Luke 21:20-24
Sunday Luke 21:25-36
Next Sunday: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36

PRAYERS FOR THIS WEEK
For the Week: Christ, teach me to live in your kingdom.

Throughout the Day: Guide my day from A to Z 

Blessing to Share: May the love of God surround you. May the grace of God astound you. May the hope of God ground you.

At mealtime say responsively: 
To the One who loves and freed us from our sins: Be glory and dominion forever and ever.

November Meal Prayer:   
To God who gives us daily bread
A thankful song we raise,
And pray the one who sends us food
Will fill our hearts with praise. Amen.
                             
FOR FURTHER REFLECTION  
Devotional Practice: 
In his encounter with Pilate, Jesus says “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice”. How do you listen to the voice of Jesus in the midst of your life?  Find a small object – a stone, a safety pin, a button – and place it in your pocket or in a place where you can easily see it. Let it remind you to stop, breathe, and listen for Jesus.

Ritual: 
Mid-week worship begins this Wednesday, November 28 at 6:30 pm. This evening service offers candlelight, song, scripture, prayer, and holy communion.

If you don't live around here, see if there is a mid-week worship near you!

SCATTERED TO SERVE 
Have you taken a tag from the Angel Tree at Gloria Dei?
Gifts are due back 12/9, unwrapped with tag attached.

If you don’t live around here, look for a Toys for Tots drive or other collection of gifts for children in your community.



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Written by Pam Larabee-Zierath


Gathered by Grace, Scattered for Service
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