G.I.F.T. 1-19-20

Growing In Faith Together  

Growing in Faith Together
January 15, 2017

 TODAY’S TEXTS
 Isaiah 49:1-7 
 Psalm 40:1-11 
 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
 John 1:29-42

GATHERED BY GRACE
We are invited to “come and see” who Jesus is. We are reminded that God’s forgiveness and love proclaimed in Jesus Christ is meant to be good news for us and for all people. As we encounter Christ, our lives are changed. Like John and Andrew in today’s gospel, we are called to share with others who we have seen Jesus to be.     Sundays and Seasons, 2019

Discuss in your household or small group: 
* What would John’s hearers have understood by “Lamb of God?” 
* What does the phrase “Lamb of God” mean to you?
* Can you think of times when you were invited to 'come and see?'  In your experience, what difference did the 'seeing' make?
* What is your own story of "meeting Jesus"?

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 1:29-42
Monday  Psalm 40:16-17
Tuesday  Hebrews 10:1-4
Wednesday  Isaiah 48:17-21
Thursday  Psalm 27:1-3
Friday  Psalm 27: 4-6
Saturday  Luke 5:27-32
Sunday  Matthew 4:12-23

Next Sunday: Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 4-9; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23

PRAYERS FOR THIS WEEK 

For the Week: 
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world.  Have mercy on us.

Throughout the Day: 
Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on me.

A Blessing to Share: 
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

For mealtime say responsively: 
Great are the wonders you have done, O Lord: none can be compared to you!

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

Devotional Practice: 
Try the “Jesus prayer” this week. Over several centuries, Christians have used this method of prayer to relax into God’s presence in prayer. Sit in a relaxed but alert manner, shut your eyes and take a deep breath then exhale. Repeat that, but this time say to yourself “Jesus, Lamb of God” as you breathe in and “have mercy on me” when you breathe out. Do that a few times. Ponder what images and words you would use to describe who you believe Jesus Christ to be.  Can you imagine how these could influence how you act in the ordinary circumstances of life?

Ritual for the Epiphany Season: 
Decorate an old mason or pickle jar with star sequins or stickers. Fill the bottom with sand and set a tea light inside or use a flame-less battery candle. Print a prayer on a card such as “Shine your light to guide us. Then send us out as reflections of light in the world. Amen.” Use this prayer as you go out the door each morning and let it guide your reflections of your day in the evening.

SCATTERED TO SERVE
John the Baptist pointed two of his disciples to Jesus.  They followed Jesus and spent the day with him (John 1:37-39).  Andrew, in turn, introduced his brother Simon Peter to Jesus.  Is there someone you could invite to spend a Sunday with you – perhaps to come to church and then for a midday meal?
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Written by Pam Larabee-Zierath


Gathered by Grace, Scattered for Service
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