G.I.F.T. 6-16-19

Growing In Faith Together
June 16, 2019

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


GATHERED BY GRACE 
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 Proverbs, Wisdom finds joy in God’s creations. Do you? How?
* Can you find all three persons of the Trinity in the Romans text? 
* In verse 2, who does Paul say gives us access to grace? What does it mean to you to “stand in grace”?
* What is suggested in v 12-14 of the Gospel as the “job description” of the Holy Spirit?
* How does the Gospel reading, suggest that the Holy Spirit can guide us in response to the chaos of today’s world? 

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 16:12-15
Monday Proverbs 8:5-21
Tuesday Ephesians 4:7-16
Wednesday Psalm 124:1-5
Thursday Psalm 22:19-28
Friday Galatians 1:4-9
Saturday Luke 7:36-8:3
Sunday Luke 8:26-39

NEXT SUNDAY: Isaiah 65:1-9: Psalm 22:19-28; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39

PRAYERS FOR THIS WEEK
For the Week: Three-In-One, help me live in your love.

Throughout the Day: I rejoice in you, One-in-Three!

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

FOR FURTHER REFLECTION  
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? Are you more comfortable addressing concerns to one of the three? Read the following thought and reflect on why it might be important to include prayers to each. 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. 

Ritual for this week of the Trinity: 
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.

SCATTERED TO SERVE
Take a large garbage bag and go for a neighborhood walk.  Collect as much trash and as many discarded items as you can find.

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Written by Pam Larabee-Zierath


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