G.I.F.T. 9-4-16

 Growing In Faith Together   

 September 4, 2016

 Today’s Texts:
 Romans 12:1-8 
 Luke 9:10-17

 Gloria Dei is leaving the lectionary for the month of September to consider God’s calling through Grace Building.But in case you would like to keep up with the rest of the Church, I will list the lectionary texts we are not using each week and daily readings related to them at the bottom of each post. 

God’s work, Our hands: Luther understood that all people of God are called to use their God-given gifts in ways that love God and neighbor. Loving God cannot be separated from loving others in whatever ways they need. Paul calls on the church to be aware of who they are and what their gifts are — and then to use those gifts in service of each other and the larger community. 

Discuss in your household or small group: 
* Does the word “sacrifice” make you envision losing something? How scary does it sound to be a “living sacrifice”?
* According to the Romans text, what is supposed to motivate us to be a living sacrifice?
* Why, practically, does it require many people with many gifts for a community of faith to accomplish God’s work?
* How does Paul’s imagery of the body show that all gifts are important? 
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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   Romans 12:1-8
Monday  Psalm 119:65-68
Tuesday  Isaiah 2:12-17
Wednesday  Isaiah 57:14-16
Thursday  Psalm 145:8
Friday  John 3:16
Saturday  Ephesians 2:1-7
Sunday   Ephesians 2:8-10

NEXT SUNDAY: Ephesians 2:8-10, John 8:2-11

For the Week:  Help me to wisely use the gifts you have given me. 

Throughout the Day: Help me see ways to feed the hungry. 

A Blessing to Share:  May you be transformed by the renewing of your mind through the mercy of God.

At mealtime say responsively: All ate and were filled: what was left over was gathered up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.

Summer Mealtime Prayer:   
God, we thank you for the night
and for the glorious morning light
for rest and food and loving care
and all that makes the world so fair.


Devotional Practice:  
In the gospel reading, Jesus tells the disciples - much to their surprise - that they should feed the crowd. Their resources seemed so few. Yet, with Jesus help, the whole crowd was fed with leftovers. In your devotional time this week, imagine what task God calls you and/or Gloria Dei to be doing on behalf of our “neighbor”. Pray for Jesus presence and help to move forward.

Autumn Ritual: 
Our task during this part of the church year is to consider discipleship. Jesus’ teachings get a bit more challenging. For these months, add a small cross near the place you do devotions to remind you of Jesus’ call to take up your cross and follow.  

In the Romans text for this week, Paul talks about how God’s grace empowers different forms of service among Christians. 
What gifts has God given you to use in service toward others? 
* Sending cards of encouragement?
* Making food for someone in grief or recovering from illness? 
* Going to the grocery store for someone who is homebound? 
* Sorting food at the Crisis Center?
* Listening to a friend who is confused or sad?
* Giving a donation to disaster relief...world hunger.... Shelter House?
* Smiling at a new student in school?

Whatever gifts you have received from God, look for a way this week to use them in God’s service.

Revised Common Lectionary texts for 9/4/16:

  • Deuteronomy 30:15-20 
  • Psalm 1 
  • Philemon 1-21 
  • Luke 14:25-33 

Sunday   Luke 14:25-33
Monday   Psalm 101:1-3
Tuesday  1 Timothy 4:6-8
Wednesday   Luke 18:18-22
Thursday   Psalm 51:1-4
Friday   John 10:11-21
Saturday   Exodus 32:1-6
Sunday    Luke 15:1-10

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