G.I.F.T. July 19

Growing In Faith Together  
July 19th 2015  

Today’s Texts:
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 23
Ephesians 2:11-22
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Gathered by Grace:
The disciples returned from being sent and share with Jesus what they have done. After listening, Jesus suggested that they go away to a deserted place all by themselves to rest. They had been enormously busy. They had been preaching and healing and sharing the gospel and participating in people’s lives. Now it was time to take a breather, to go away, and be alone to rest, for “many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat”.

Discuss in your household or small group:
* Each of us could probably underline v. 31 in our Bibles. It accurately describes the fast pace of our current culture. When were you last too busy to even eat?
* Why are fast food stores so popular at this time in the history of America?
* How do you feel about that life style? Do you ever feel like a “sheep without a shepherd” in that chaos?
* What do you think God has to say to this life style? (read Ps.23)

Try to memorize         The Lord is our righteousness. Jeremiah 23:6b
this verse:

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 6:30-34, 53-56      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      John 6:1-21

NEXT SUNDAY: 2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:10-18; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21

Prayers for this Week:
For the Week: Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life.
For Throughout the Day: Restore my soul, O Lord.

A Blessing to Share:  God’s goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life.

For Mealtime:

Say responsively: The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not be in want.

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 your daily/weekly schedule. Where does the “crunch” come? What it is that keeps you stressed or overly busy? Then reflect on Jesus’ invitation to go away and rest awhile.  Write down one thing you will actually do in order to rest: one walk with a friend or spouse, one game you will play with a child, one opportunity you will take to sit and  to contemplate your blessing and abundance. Put this note someplace you will see it all week to remind you of this commitment to yourself to rest.

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: 
Ephesians tells us that Christ is our peace. In Christ all are one. The dividing wall between us is broken down. Where in our community do you see a dividing wall between people? What in the name of Christ can be done to break it down?

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