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

Growing In Faith Together 
February 2, 2020

TODAY’S TEXTS 
Micah 6:1-8
Psalm 15
1 Corinthians 1:18-31 
Matthew 5:1-12

GATHERED BY GRACE 
Who are the blessed ones of God? For Micah, they are those who do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. For Paul, they are the ones who find wisdom in the weakness of the cross. For Jesus, they are the poor, mourners, the meek, those who hunger for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers. 
- Sundays and Seasons, Augsburg Fortress, 2017

Discuss in your household or small group: 
* How do you seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God?
* What captures your attention in the Beatitudes? 
* What do you think Jesus want us to see through his descriptions in the Beatitudes? 
* Who or what have you seen in the past week that corresponds to the values expressed in the Beatitudes?

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 5:1-12
Monday Psalm 37:1-11
Tuesday James 5:1-6
Wednesday Luke 6:17-26
Thursday Psalm 112:1-10
Friday James 3:13-18
Saturday Mark 7:1-8
Sunday Matthew 5:13-20

Next Sunday: Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 112:1-10; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; Matthew 5:13-20 

PRAYERS FOR THIS WEEK
For the Week: Teach me to be gracious. Teach me to be grateful. Teach me to be generous.

Throughout the Day: Give me an eye for injustice and a tender heart.

Blessing to Share: May God’s love fill you and flow forth from you.

For mealtime say responsively: 
What does the Lord require of you? Do justice. Love kindness. Walk humbly with God.

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

FOR FURTHER REFLECTION  
Devotional Prayer: 
Keep a journal this week. Each day, jot down signs of God’s Kingdom, where you see God at work. It may be something you observe directly, or hear about, or discover in the news. Keeping such a journal will develop your skills in keeping alert for signs of the Kingdom. At the end of each day, reflect on your notes and offer thanks to God.

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 
Pick up some extra groceries this week and drop them by the CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank, 1121 Gilbert Court, OR bring them to worship with you next Sunday.  The need is great and the shelves are often sparse.  Ideas include: Canned meats, peanut butter, hearty stews/soups, toilet paper, disposable diapers and baby formula.
More ideas.

If you are not in this area, find a food bank in your neighborhood for your donations.

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Written by Pam Larabee-Zierath


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