G.I.F.T. 11-10-19

Growing In Faith Together
November 10, 2019 


TODAY’S TEXTS 
Job 19:23-27a
Psalm 17:1-9
2 Thess 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38



GATHERED BY GRACE 
To our many questions about what the afterlife will be like, in the gospel for this coming Sunday Jesus speaks about the Lord as the God of the living. All believers, those alive and those dead, are alive in God. - Sundays and Seasons, 1517 Media ©2018 

Discuss in your household or small group: 
* Life is short. In the face of death, what in your faith gives you most hope?
* Why would the religious leaders try to trap Jesus?  Does this type of testing and questioning continue today?
* The Resurrection is an event, but it is also a metaphor for aspects of our life. What aspects does the term resurrection suggest to you?
* What does it mean for you that God to be the God of the living and not the dead?

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 Luke 20:27-38
Monday Psalm 123:1-4
Tuesday 2 John 7-11
Wednesday John 5:25-29
Thursday Psalm 65
Friday 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Saturday Psalm 32:1-7
Sunday Luke 19:1-10
NEXT SUNDAY: Deuteronomy 8: 7-14, 17-18; 1 Peter 4:10-11; Luke 19:1-10

PRAYERS FOR THIS WEEK
For the Week: Thank you, O God, that I am a child of the resurrection. 

Throughout the Day: God of the living, help me to live this day for you.

A Blessing to Share: May our Lord Jesus Christ comfort your heart and make you strong in every good thing you do and say.   

For mealtime say responsively: Hold fast to God’s well-worn path: Call upon God and God will answer.

November Meal Prayer:   
To God who gives us daily bread
A thankful song we raise,
And pray the one who sends us food
Will fill our hearts with praise. 

FOR FURTHER REFLECTION  
Devotional Prayer:  
For your devotions this week, post and say this affirmation each day this week: I am a child of the resurrection. God has freed me to live without fear and to help others to live in freedom. At the end of the week, reflect on what you have felt about saying this week, and end with a brief prayer.

November Ritual: 
This is the month of Thanksgiving so start giving thanks! Each day identify 3 things for which you give thanks – record them in a journal, in a computer document, or on a piece of paper. By November 28 you’ll have a bunch of blessings for your Thanksgiving prayer!

SCATTERED TO SERVE
The apostle Paul prayed that the Thessalonians would be strengthened “in every good word and deed” 2 Thessalonians 2:17.  Brainstorm a list of good deeds that you can perform for those around you at home or at work this week.  Write these on small slips of paper and put them in a container. Draw one out each day. At the end of the week reflect on the good deeds you have carried out. How were you changed by them?

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Written by Pam Larabee-Zierath


Gathered by Grace, Scattered for Service
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