G.I.F.T. 5-24-20

Growing In Faith Together
May 24, 2019



TODAY’S TEXTS
Acts 1:6-14 
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35 
1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
John 17:1-11

GATHERED BY GRACE 
 Jesus prays to his Father, asking that those who continue his work in this world will live in unity. In these days between Ascension and Pentecost, we wait with the disciples for the Spirit to transform the church around the world. Amid religious, social, and economic divisions, we seek the unity that Jesus had with his Father. 

Discuss in your household or small group: 
* In Acts, we read the story of the Ascension. What do you think the ascension means? 
* Paul Tillich spoke of “eternal” as spatial not temporal; vertical depth not horizontal line. How have you understood the concept?
* Jesus’ hope for his disciples (the church) is summarized in verse 11b. What do you think he means?

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 17:1-11
Monday Psalm 99:1-5
Tuesday 1 Peter 4:7-11
Wednesday John 3:31-36
Thursday Psalm 33:18-22
Friday Romans 8:14-17
Saturday Acts 2:1-21
Sunday John 20:19-23
Next Sunday: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24-35; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13; John 20:19-23

PRAYERS FOR THIS WEEK
For the Week:  May I remember that I am always connected to Love.

Throughout the Day: Unite us with Christ and each other.

Blessing to Share: May the God of grace restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.

For mealtime say responsively: 
Let the righteous be glad and rejoice: let them be merry and joyful.

Easter Season Mealtime Prayer:
 Blessing and glory and wisdom 
      and thanksgiving and honor 
  and power and might be to our God 
      forever and ever! Amen!

FOR FURTHER REFLECTION  
Devotional Practice: 
Christ prays that his followers may be one in God. The ELCA is committed to strengthening its global, ecumenical and interfaith relationships around the world. Each day this week pray for one of the ELCA’s ecumenical partners: 
Monday –Moravian Church
Tuesday – Episcopal Church
Wednesday – Presbyterian Church 
Thursday - Reformed Church in America
Friday – United Church in Christ 
Saturday – United Methodist Church.

Easter Season Ritual: 
You are almost done! Did you start each day with “Christ is risen. Alleluia!” Did you note daily signs that remind you of new life?  Show others that Jesus is alive in this COVID19 world. 

SCATTERED TO SERVE 
Why are you just standing there? Jesus sends his disciples  to make a difference in the world. Think of people in your life or church who would value a word from you. Use the phone. Use the computer. Write a letter. Let someone know that you remember them during this time of separation. Spread God’s love for this world.


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Written by Pam Larabee-Zierath


Gathered by Grace, Scattered for Service
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