G.I.F.T. 4-10-16

Growing In Faith Together 
April 10, 2016

Today’s Texts
Acts 9:1-20
Psalm 30 
Revelation 5:11-14 
John 21:1-19

Gathered by Grace
Each of us has a story of meeting God's grace. Saul (later called Paul) was an ardent persecutor of all who followed the Way of Christ. The Acts reading recounts the story of his transformation, beginning with an encounter with Jesus Christ on the way to Damascus The disciples were “re-commissioned” by Jesus on the lake-shore.

Discuss in your household or small group: 
* Both Acts & John ask “how is God known in your life?”
* What risk was Saul asked to take? What risk was Ananias asked to take?  What did each stand to gain and to lose by doing so? 
*  Saul transformed after his encounter with the risen Christ. In what way was Ananias transformed?
* What would it take for you to take the risk of seeing anew that would make transformation possible?

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 21:1-19
Monday  Psalm 121:5-8
Tuesday  Ezekiel 1:26-2:1
Wednesday  Isaiah 6:1-8
Thursday  Psalm 23
Friday  Revelation 6:1-7:4
Saturday  Luke 12:29-32
Sunday  John 10:22-30

NEXT SUNDAY: Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30

Prayers for this Week

For the Week: Show me your way forward, O God

Throughout the Day: Help me feed your sheep.

A Blessing to Share: May Christ’s peace be with you. 

For mealtime say responsively: Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Easter Season Mealtime Prayer:   
Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving 
and honor and power and might 
be to our God forever and ever! 
For further reflection  

Devotional Practice 
Light a single white candle in your home each day this week.  Imagine Jesus asking you “Do you love me?” How would you answer?  Sit quietly with that question. Let Jesus ask you that again and again.  End with a prayer.

Ritual for the Easter Season 
Easter lasts for 50 days - so look around to find it each day! Watch for signs of a new day and/or stay alert to things that remind you that Jesus is alive. Give thanks for your experiences. You can also share your discoveries of Easter all around by either taking a digital photo or writing a brief description on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. 
We have been getting some find Easter posts…. check them out!

Scattered to serve 
Practice hospitality this week.  The basic rudiments of Christian hospitality are simply good manners.  This week strive to use please and thank you, open doors for others, offer help, be kind, and yes, even smile at those you meet. To welcome another is to treat that person with respect, accepting, valuing, acknowledging that each person as a child of God.

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