G.I.F.T. 2-10-19

Growing In Faith Together
February 10, 2019

Isaiah 6:1-13
Psalm 138
1 Cor 15:1-11
Luke 5:1-11

These texts continue to highlight unlikely ways that God is revealed. God calls flawed human beings - a man of unclean lips, a former persecutor of the church of God, and three fishermen who couldn’t catch a thing - to reveal God’s mercy and love through their proclamation. Perhaps even more surprising, is that God also calls us to reveal and proclaim God’s amazing grace.
Discuss in your household or small group: 
* What would it mean for you to leave everything to follow Jesus today? 
* What would you would gladly leave? What would you hope to take with you as you follow Jesus? 
* How do you understand God’s call to you to follow Jesus? 
* What have you felt called to do that seemed crazy or impractical? 

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 Luke 5:1-11
Monday Psalm 115
Tuesday 1 Samuel 9:15-10:1b
Wednesday Luke 5:27-32
Thursday Psalm 1:1-3
Friday 1 Peter 1:18-2:1
Saturday Luke 11:27-28
Sunday Luke 6:17-26

Next Sunday: Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26

For the Week: You call me to follow. Show me the deeps waters in which I should fish.

Throughout the Day: Help me leave those things which distract me from you. 

Blessing to Share: 
May God increase your strength within you.

For mealtime say responsively: 
 Holy, holy, holy, Lord: the earth is full of your glory!

Epiphany Mealtime Prayer:   
Christ our light, shine upon us.  
Refresh us by this meal 
to reflect your love to others.           

Devotional Practice: 
Re-read Isaiah’s vision of heavenly worship in Isaiah 6:1-4. Shut your eyes and take a deep breath. Breath out speaking or thinking the word “holy”. Breathe deeply like that two more times. Reflect on your experiences of worship or any time you may have felt God’s presence deeply. Savor those thoughts for a few minutes. End with a prayer.

Epiphany Seasonal Ritual: Place a bowl of water in the center of your meal table. Take a few moments each day – perhaps at a meal, or the beginning or ending of the day - to remember your baptism.  Dip a finger in the water and sign the mark of the cross on your forehead.  Say these words: “Remember and be thankful – you are a baptized child of God, marked with the cross of Christ forever.”

Our Water 2 Thrive Mission Group begins a month-long emphasis on African water wells in our Sunday School program. 

Some information to consider: 
* 92 million people in sub-Saharan Africa collect water primarily from surface sources which can be easily contaminated.
* Waterborne diseases like cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio spread rapidly through contaminated water sources. 
* Such waterborne diseases are the second most common cause of death for children under the age of five in Africa.

What do you know about the water crisis around the world? 
How can you learn more? 
How can you preserve this precious natural resource?

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