G.I.F.T. 4-28-19

Growing In Faith Together
Second Sunday of  Easter

April 28, 2019

TODAY’S TEXTS
Acts 5:27-32
Psalm 150 
Revelations 1:4-8 
John 20:19-31

GATHERED BY GRACE 
 Peter’s statement to the Council reveals a prominent theme in the book of Acts and in the life of the Christian church since that time. Our witness to God’s work among us is shown in all that the Christian community does. It is testimony to the One to whom we give highest priority and praise.

Discuss in your household or small group: 
* What reasons do Peter and the apostles give for disobeying the religious leaders? 
* How do you respond to challenges to your faith?
* What makes discipleship attractive to you? What makes it costly?
* We all hope we would obey God’s higher authority when it conflicted with human laws and customs. But in a conflict like that, how can one be confident that one indeed knows God’s will?

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 20:19-31
Monday Psalm 122
Tuesday Revelation 1:9-20
Wednesday Luke 12:8-12
Thursday Psalm 30:1-3
Friday Revelation 4:1-11
Saturday Luke 14:12-14
Sunday John 21:1-19

NEXT SUNDAY: Acts 9:1-20; Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19

PRAYERS FOR THIS WEEK
For the Week: 
O Lord and God, I do believe. Help my unbelief. 

Throughout the Day: 
Breathe in and say silently:
Jesus, I receive your peace.

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! 
Amen

FOR FURTHER REFLECTION  
Devotional Practice: 
Light a single white candle in your home each day this week. Say this, or a similar prayer of your own: Help me believe new things about life and death and may I proclaim “My Lord and my God” at each wonder. Amen.

Ritual for the Easter Season: 
Sometimes, we hardly believe that the tomb is empty. Sometimes, our grief holds a vigil outside many tombs. During this Easter season of 50 days, open your heart to the reality of the resurrection of Jesus. Start each day with “Christ is risen. Alleluia!” Pause throughout your day, to remember silently (or aloud) that Christ is risen indeed!  At the end of your day pray a word of thanks that even as we died with Jesus in our baptism so we also will rise with him.

SCATTERED TO SERVE
Seven “acts of kindness” for this week:

  1. Let another go first.
  2. Pick up litter.
  3. Share a smile.
  4. Read to a young child.
  5. Open a door.
  6. Give a compliment.
  7. Say hello.



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Written by Pam Larabee-Zierath


Gathered by Grace, Scattered for Service
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