G.I.F.T. 8-2-20

Growing In Faith Together 
August 2, 2020


God can accomplish much with little. A few loaves and fish feed multitudes. The texts for this Sunday challenge us to live not by concerns for scarcity (how little we have) but from the perspective of God’s abundance (how much God has given us).  

Discuss in your household or small group: 
* Jesus tells his disciples, “... you give them something to eat."  The original Greek text emphasizes the word you!  So, what does Jesus want his disciples to do?  What does Jesus want you to do?
* Reflect on a time when you felt compassion extended to you.
* What prayer might come from this passage?

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 14:13-21
Next Sunday: 1 Kings 19:9-18; Psalm 85:8-13; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33

For the Week:  Teach me to trust in the abundance of your good gifts, O God.

Throughout the Day:  Thanks God for my daily bread!

Blessing to Share:

For Mealtime say responsively: 
The Lord is full of compassion:

Summer Mealtime Prayer:   
Thank you for the world so sweet.
Thank you for the food we eat.
Thank you for the birds that sing.
Thank you, God, for everything. Amen

Devotional Practice: 
One day this week have a picnic! As an individual or household, pack up a sandwich and some fruit or veggies and go to a park (or your backyard) to eat. As you begin your meal, thank God who hears your rumblings for hunger and ask God for ears to hear those who are hungry in your neighborhood.

Summer Ritual: 
This summer is unlike any other. And school, in some form, will be starting soon. Pay attention to each day. In the midst of it all, we are still called to Love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and our neighbor as ourselves. At the end of the day take time to reflect on where you spent your time, what you did with it, and how you felt or experienced it. What things presently occupy your mind and heart? Thank God for the day.

Have any extra garden produce? Table to Table is collecting and distributing produce to those in need in our community.

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