G.I.F.T. August 16

Growing In Faith Together 

August 16th 2015   

Today’s Texts: 
Proverbs 9:1-6
Psalm 34:9-14
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58

Gathered by Grace: 
Wisdom prepares a feast, sets her table, and invites all to come and eat her bread and drink her wine. Wisdom’s food—insight and understanding—is necessary for fullness of life with God. True wisdom integrates our new reality in Christ with our Christian fellowship and daily conduct. Christ, the wisdom of God, today invites us to eat his flesh and drink his blood.
-  From SundaysandSeasons.com, ©2011 Augsburg Fortress.

Discuss in your household or small group: 
* What's the difference between wisdom and intelligence or knowledge? Do we as a culture seek knowledge and education that leave out the wisdom dimension? How do we gain both wisdom and intellectual knowledge? 
* “Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.” What are some ways you can show love in your daily life other than greeting your unsuspecting neighbors with songs? 
* Why do you think Jesus invests so much time and energy with the image of bread?

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 John 6:51-58         Thursday Psalm 34:15-18
Monday Psalm 36:5-9         Friday Romans 13:11-14
Tuesday Genesis 45:1-15 Saturday Luke 11:9-13
Wednesday  Mark 8:14-21 Sunday John 6:59-69

NEXT SUNDAY: Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18; Psalm 34:15-22; Ephesians 6:10-20; 
John 6:59-69 

Try to memorize 
this verse: ...Live and walk in the way of insight.
                                                                                  Proverbs 9:6b

Prayers for this Week 

For the Week: Grant me wisdom to discern your will and the courage to live into it.
For Throughout the Day: Thank you for the Living Bread.

A Blessing to Share:  Jesus is the bread of life.

For Mealtime

Say responsively: Turn from evil and do good: seek peace and pursue it.

August Meal Prayer:    
ABCDEFG thank you, 
      God for feeding me!

For Further Reflection

Devotional Practice: 
The readings this week point at wisdom in our relationship with God. During your prayer time this week, reflect on ways that you, as an individual, seek wisdom in your relationship with God. And, what is your prayer for your future?

Summer Ritual: 
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:  
Gather school supplies for Lutheran World Relief. A list of what is needed is on the high table just inside the front entrance. A box to receive your donations is under the high table.

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