G.I.F.T. 2-16-20

Growing In Faith Together 
February 16, 2020

TODAY’S TEXTS
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 119:1-8 
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37

GATHERED BY GRACE 
Jesus helps us take another look at some commandments to discover what is at the heart of the law – love of God and love of neighbor. God’s people are urged to choose to act in ways that are life-giving.

Discuss in your household or small group: 
* Knowing that Jesus is talking primarily to his followers and disciples, what do his teachings here say about our relationship with God?  Are they something we have to do in order to have a relationship with God, or a picture of the life God would have us to know and enjoy?
* Some Christians understand the Sermon on the Mount as a literal blueprint for how to live. Others view it as impossible thus, driving us to Christ’s redemption. Some take an in-between position. Where do you stand? 
* What are some ways to live which restore relationships and strengthen community?

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 Matthew 5:21-37
Monday Psalm 119:12-16
Tuesday James 2:8-13
Wednesday Proverbs 2:1-5
Thursday Psalm 2:7-12
Friday Hebrews 11:23-28
Saturday Mark 9:9-13
Sunday Matthew 17:1-9
Next Sunday: Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9

PRAYERS FOR THIS WEEK
For the Week: Teach me to choose life.

Throughout the Day: Help me do your will, O God.

A Blessing to Share: May the blessing of God be with you.

For mealtime say responsively: Happy are those who follow your way: those who seek you will all their hearts.

Epiphany 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: 
Someone once said “justice is what love looks like in public”. The ways in which we treat each other are reflections of how we actively show our love for God. Ask God to show you ways to reflect God’s love this week.

Season of Epiphany Ritual: 
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
During these tumultuous times in the world, Christians are called, as always, to offer prayers and action for justice and peace, to speak for those whose voices are muted, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Pray for peace for all nations who are facing unrest and protest. 

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Written by Pam Larabee-Zierath


Gathered by Grace, Scattered for Service
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