G.I.F.T. 6-11-17

Growing In Faith Together   
June 11, 2017

Genesis 1:1-2:4a 
Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13:11-13 
Matthew 28:16-20

The Trinity expresses the heart of our faith: we have experienced the God of creation made known in Jesus Christ and with us always through the Holy Spirit. On this Sunday, the readings invite us to explore and celebrate the many ways God is revealed in and through continuing relationships within this good creation.

Discuss in your household or small group: 
* What is your favorite name for God? 
* What does “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” reveal about the nature of God? 
* What do you think the “image of God” (v 27) means about humans?  
* How can you to partner with Jesus in mission during the coming week? 

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 Matthew 28:16-20
Monday Joel 2:18-29
Tuesday Romans 8:26-27
Wednesday 1 Corinthians 12:3-13
Thursday Psalm 100
Friday Acts 7:35-43
Saturday Mark 7:1-13
Sunday Matthew 9:35-10:8-23

Next Sunday: Exodus 19:2-8a; Psalm 100; Romans 5:1-8; Matthew 9:35-10:8-23


For the Week:  I give thanks to God: Source, Life, and Power.

Throughout the Day:  
May I delight in the goodness of this day.

Blessing to Share: 
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you.

For mealtime say responsively: 
 God saw everything that was made: indeed, it was very good.

Summer Mealtime Prayer:   
Thank you for the world so sweet.
Thank you for the food we eat.
Thank you for the birds that sing.
Thank you, God, for everything. Amen


Devotional Practice: 
Each day this week give thanks to God for different parts of creation: Light, Water, Vegetation, Universe, Birds & Fish, Animals & People. 

Summer Ritual: 
The color of this season after Pentecost is green. In the natural world, green is a color of infinite variety. When you start paying attention, you’ll see green everywhere. It’s the same with relationships; when you pay attention to ordinary lives and relationships, you’ll see the variety of tones and hues of God’s presence. For these days of summer, create a special green area in your home to use and develop across the season, starting with a simple green cloth and a green candle. Green is a color associated with growing things, so allow this focus area to grow over these weeks. It can become an exciting challenge to bring new green things into the area each week as you pay attention to what is extraordinary about this color and this season.

 Creation care issues are global issues. The air and water of this earth know nor recognize generational or jurisdictional boundaries. Resources are held in common. Recognizing that, how might we affect our neighbor’s life and well-being through our everyday choices? Take one action that would benefit creation for the good of all. Think about driving habits, groceries, water or electricity usage.

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