G.I.F.T. 5-22-16

 Growing In Faith Together

 May 22, 2016
 Trinity Sunday

 Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
 Psalm 8
 Romans 5:1-5
 John 16:12-15

Today we celebrate the name of God: holy blessed Trinity. There is no other day quite like this one in the church’s year. There is no other god like ours. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!  
        -Sundays and Seasons, 2010 Augsburg Fortress

Discuss in your household or small group: 
* In Proverb the speaker says “I found delight in the human race.” Do you think God takes delight in you?
* The Holy Spirit points to the saving work of Jesus. Who points to Jesus in your life?
* Can you find all three persons of the Trinity in the Romans text? 
* What is the “job description” of the Holy Spirit you find in verses 13 and 14 of the Gospel reading? 
* What “evidence” do we find in today’s readings that "God is a Community?" 

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 16:12-15
Monday Proverbs 8:5-21
Tuesday Ephesians 4:7-16
Wednesday Psalm 124:1-5
Thursday Psalm 96:1-9
Friday 2 Corinthians 11:1-6
Saturday Luke 4:31-37
Sunday Luke 7:1-10

NEXT SUNDAY: 1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43; Psalm 96:1-9; Galatians 1:1-12; Luke 7:1-10


For the Week: 
Three-In-One, help me to live in your love.

Throughout the Day: 
I rejoice in you, O Triune God.

A Blessing to Share: 
Glory and praise to God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever.

For mealtime say responsively: In hope we are born, in partnership we are called: In love, we live.

Trinity Mealtime Prayer:   
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; 
Praise God, all creatures here below; 
Praise God above, you heavenly hosts. 
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen


Devotional Practice: 
This week when you pray, try addressing your prayers to different Persons in the Trinity. Are your prayers to the Father different than those to the Son and/or the Spirit? Reflect on your relationship with the Trinity. Here are some thoughts: God is love. The dynamic inter-relationships of Three-In-One make love possible, for without relationships with others there is no love; the Trinity describes the fullness of a God who creates, redeems, and makes us holy. The Trinity keeps us from forgetting our responsibilities to creation by reminding us of the Creator-Father or of the ever-new possibilities for our lives inspired by the Spirit.

Trinity Ritual: 
Saint Patrick used a shamrock to describe the Trinity. Draw a large shamrock (three hearts connected at their points do pretty well). In each leaf, write one of the following statements: IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER; AND OF THE SON; AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Place it where you can see it each morning and use it to begin your day in the name of the Triune God.

Take a large garbage bag and go for a neighborhood walk.  Collect as many “lost” or discarded items as you can find.

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