Holy Week at Gloria Dei

G.I.F.T. July 12

Growing In Faith Together  
July 12th 2015  

Today’s Texts:
Amos 7:7-15
Psalm 85:8-13
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:14-29

Gathered by Grace:
Ephesians  begins with a rolling wordy sentence that tumbles from one set of wonderful thoughts  to another finally coming to rest in the affirmation to the readers that they belong -“You also!” Ephesians celebrates the inclusion of both Gentiles and Jews in this new initiative of God to bring together all people, indeed, all things into unity under Christ. This is God’s big vision of justice and peace, in which we, too, are invited to share.

Discuss in your household or small group:
* What does it mean to you that God chooses you?
* What God wants is holiness and blamelessness, which is spelled out in terms of love. How is that lived out in your life?
* What does the author of Ephesians say is God’s plan for the fullness of time?
* How do we claim our spiritual inheritance?

Try to memorize               I will listen to what the Lord is saying
this verse:                         Psalm 85:8

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      Mark 6:14-29      Thursday    Psalm 23
Monday      Psalm 142:5-7     Friday      Jeremiah 10:19-21
Tuesday     Acts 23:12-35     Saturday    Mark 6:35-52
Wednesday   Luke 7:31-35      Sunday      Mark 6:30-34,53-56

NEXT SUNDAY:  Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Prayers for this Week:
For the Week: I live for the praise of your glory!
For Throughout the Day: Set my hope in Christ.

A Blessing to Share:  God calls you, Christ sends you, and the Spirit empowers you.


Say responsively: Righteousness shall go forth: and prepare a path before God.

Meal Prayer from Bible Camp:   
 tune- Lone Ranger/William Tell Overture

God is great and God is good!
And we thank God for this food.
By God’s hand we all are fed.
Give us Lord our daily bread!

NOTE: Improvise on the “Amens” then go back to the words.

Devotional Practice: 
Sit quietly and reflect on verses 7-8a of Ephesians 1. What are some of the ways in which God has “lavished” you with the riches of his grace? How does that lavish grace impact your daily life? (Or maybe the question is “does it” impact your daily life?) Wrap up your meditation with a prayer.

Summer Ritual: 
This summer start each morning with a simple prayer: Lord, show me something incredible. Amen. Then watch to see what the treasure is. When you find it, in your mind add a tag “Made by God”.

Scattered to serve: 
In gratefulness to God’s lavish grace, reach out to someone in need of God’s love. Perhaps they have a physical need – like food or shelter; perhaps they have an emotional need - like a word of comfort in grief or despair; perhaps it is a spiritual need – like the good news that they too are loved and chosen by God.

How to Find Us

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Iowa City

Gathered by grace. Scattered for service.

123 E Market Street
Iowa City, IA 52245