G.I.F.T. 3-1-20

Growing In Faith Together
March 1, 2020 

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus was truly human, suffering from the devil’s temptations no less than we, and so he can stand by us when we are tempted. We too conquer evil with the power of God’s word: and that word for us is embodied in Christ. - Sundays and Seasons, 2019, Augsburg Fortress

Discuss in your household or small group: 
* What are the wilderness places in your life?
* Which temptation would have been the most difficult for you to resist?
* Where do you cut God out of your life?
* What people or things test your commitment to God?

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 4:1-11
Monday 1 Kings 19: 1?8
Tuesday Hebrews 4:14-16
Wednesday Matthew 18:10-14
Thursday Psalm 121
Friday Micah 7:18-20
Saturday Romans 3:21-31
Sunday Matthew 4:1-11

Next Sunday: Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17

For the Week: Forgive my failings and renew me.

Throughout the Day Strengthen me, O God.  

A Blessing to Share: Go dazzle the world with God’s love.

For mealtime, say responsively: Be glad you righteous: Rejoice in the Lord.

Lenten Mealtime Prayer
Lord, we gather by your grace
Forgiven much, we seek your face
Fed with these gifts of yours so kind 
Lead us to love all whom we find. Amen

Devotional Practice: 
How are you going to observe Lent this year? Lent calls us to struggle against everything that leads us away from love of God and neighbor. The “traditional” discipline of Lent is repentance, fasting, prayer, giving, and works of love.
1. Skip one meal a day and give the money to World Hunger. 
2. Start a prayer rhythm. Say a prayer every time you brush your teeth, see a commercial, or check your e-mail. 
3. Forgive someone who doesn't deserve it (maybe even yourself).
4. Spend 15 minutes a day in silence.
5. Say one nice thing to someone each day.
6. Pray for others on your way to work or school.

Lenten Ritual:  
At the end of your day, take a few moments to review your day in the presence of God. 
1) Ask to see your day with God’s eyes. 
2) Give thanks for the gift of the day. 
3) Review your day. 
4) Face any mistakes you may have made and give them to God.  
5) Look toward the day to come.
Try this at least 3 times a week.

Do you know someone who may feel like they are in the “wilderness”? Perhaps someone who has recently moved, or who is facing a difficult illness, or who is having a problem in a relationship? Send them a letter of encouragement to show that you are thinking of them and hold them in prayer.

How to Find Us

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Iowa City

Gathered by grace. Scattered for service.

123 E Market Street
Iowa City, IA 52245