G.I.F.T. 11-1-15

 Growing In Faith Together
 November 1, 2015
 All Saints' Day

 Today’s Texts: 
 Isaiah 25:6-9
 Psalm 24
 Revelation 21:1-6a 
 John 11:32-44

 You can read these texts at Oremus Bible Browser

NOTE: If all these suggestions overwhelm you, just pick one to try out for the week. Maybe read the Bible texts; maybe use the meal prayer; maybe begin the seasonal ritual. This is a smorgasbord of possibilities. Taste what looks good today and leave the others for another day!   -PLZ

Gathered by Grace: 
On this All Saints Day we celebrate the victory won for all the faithful dead, but we grieve for our beloved dead as well, knowing that God honors our tears. We bring our grief to the table and find a foretaste of Isaiah’s feast to come.

Discuss in your household or small group: 
* Read Isaiah 25:6–9 and Revelation 21:1–6a. What images in these passages stand out for you? 
* What is the hope in these passages, for the early Christians, for us, for the earth?
* How do you understand the significance of Jesus’ tears?
* What new life does Jesus offer to Mary and the crowd?
* What do these passages tell us about how to live as God’s saints?

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 11:32-44 Thursday Psalm 146
Monday Psalm 51         Friday  Deuteronomy 15:1-11
Tuesday Act 7:17-29 Saturday Mark 11:12-14,20-24
Wednesday Micah 6:1-8 Sunday Mark 12:38-44

NEXT SUNDAY: 1 Kings 17:8-16;Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44

Memory Verse:                 God will swallow up death forever.
Isaiah 25:8a

Prayers for this Week: 

For the Week: God our help in ages past, I rejoice in the company of your saints

Throughout the Day: Show me one who needs your comfort.

A Blessing to Share: God is making all things new!

For mealtime say responsively: 
God will wipe away every tear: Death will be no more.

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.

For further reflection  

Devotional Practice
Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more (Rev.21:4).This week add to your prayers the people and families you know who mourn the loss of a loved one; note the list in the bulletin. Or if you yourself have lost someone, picture yourself resting in the arms of God. Let yourself be comforted, let yourself be loved.

Fall Ritual: 
Thanksgiving is near the end of this month – how is that gratitude journal coming? If you haven’t started yet, you can still begin. Each day, review your list and add one more thing. Think of how many things you will have by Thanksgiving! We tend to fixate on what's going wrong ? or might go wrong.  A gratitude journal helps re-direct our thinking to God’s many good gifts. 

Scattered to serve
Visit a saint! Plan a visit to a near-by nursing home or retirement center to see an elderly friend, relative, or church member. Invite them to tell you a story or two of what it was like when they were growing up. Your visit will bless you as well as the one you visit!

Weekly Reflection on these texts at gatheredbygrace.org

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