G.I.F.T. 12-23-18

Growing In Faith Together
December 23 , 2018


TODAY’S TEXTS 
Micah 5:2-5a 
Luke 1:46b-55
Hebrews 10:5-10 
Luke 1:39-45


GATHERED BY GRACE 
Christmas draws near. We glimpse the meaning of Jesus’ Coming.
Discuss in your household or small group: 
* How close do you come to “leaping for joy” when you recognize God’s presence in your life?
* Does your soul also magnify the Lord? How so? 
* In what ways do you share a place among the lowly? Because of this, what message does the Gospel hold for you?
* In what ways do you share a place among the rich and the powerful? Because of this, what message does the Gospel hold for you?

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 1:39-45
Monday Luke 2:1-20
Tuesday John 1:1-14
Wednesday Acts 6:8-15; 7:51-60
Thursday 1 John 5:1-12
Friday Isaiah 49:13-23
Saturday Psalm 20
Sunday Matthew 2:13-18

Next Sunday: Jeremiah 31:15-17; Psalm 124; 1 Peter 4:12-19; Matthew 2:13-18


PRAYERS FOR THIS WEEK
For the Week: Stir up your power, O Lord, and come.

Throughout the Day: I offer this day all that I am and all that I will be. 

Blessing to Share: Rejoice, God’s love is revealed.

For mealtime say responsively: 
Our hearts are full of hope: The Christ Child is coming.

Christmas Mealtime Prayer:
 Sing this to the tune of “Away in a Manger”
       Be present at our table, Lord.
       Be here and everywhere adored.
       These mercies bless and grant that we,
       May strengthened for Thy service be.
                             
FOR FURTHER REFLECTION  
Devotional Practice: 
My soul proclaims your greatness, Lord; I sing my Savior's praise! You looked upon my lowliness, and I am full of grace. Now ev'ry land and ev'ry age this blessing shall proclaim—great wonders you have done for me, and holy is your name.  (ELW 251).

Ritual:  
Each morning 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:
December 23: Put money in a Salvation Army bucket.
December 24: Feed the birds.
December 25: Give a smile to all you meet. Jesus is born!

Sing a Christmas carol each day through the Christmas season:
  December 26 – Sing “Joy to the World” 
  December 27 – Sing “Go Tell it on the Mountain”
  December 28 – Sing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” 
  December 29 – Sing “O Come All Ye Faithful”

SCATTERED TO SERVE 
Gloria Dei serves Free Lunch this Friday, December 28 at 1105 Gilbert Ct, IC.  Stop by and help anytime between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm.

Not in town? Look around for another way to serve wherever you are. Soup kitchen? Food bank?

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Written by Pam Larabee-Zierath


Gathered by Grace, Scattered for Service
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