G.I.F.T. 1-17-2021

Growing In Faith Together
January 17, 2021

1 Samuel 3:1-20
Psalm 139
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51

The Psalm tells us that God knows us intimately, even from before our birth. God also knew Samuel, calling him to be a prophet in Israel. Jesus recognized in Nathanael a person of integrity and promise. Paul reminds the Corinthians that they are to respect each other as persons created by God. God knows and cares for each one of us.

Discuss in your household or small group:
* Samuel needed Eli to help him know God’ call. Who has helped you to recognize God’s voice?
* How is the idea of being known by God different from being known by another person?
* If “all things are lawful” (1Cor) for Christians, how do you decide what actions to take?
* Jesus found Nathanael under fig tree (v.48). Where would Jesus find you? What would Jesus say about you (v.47)?

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 1:43-51 
Monday Psalm 86 
Tuesday Acts 5:1-11 
Wednesday Luke 18:15-17 
Thursday Psalm 62:5-7
Friday Psalm 62:8-12
Saturday Jonah 3:1-5,10
Sunday Mark 1:14-20
Next Sunday: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20

For the Week: Tune my hearing, so I know your voice.

Throughout the Day: Speak, for your servant is listening.

Blessing to Share: May you know the embrace of God who calls you into life.

For mealtime say responsively:
How deep are your thoughts, O God: How great is the sum of them!

Mealtime Prayer:
Grant us your grace, O Lord,
that, whether we eat or drink,
or whatsoever we do,
we may do it all in your name
and to your glory. Amen

Devotional Practice: 
Imagine Jesus calls you by name. Ponder on the meaning that he gives to your name. Think about all that makes up who you are, your desires, your talents, the aspects that you judge as failures. How does Jesus view these? How can you grow by using these? Rest in the love of your God.

Ritual for the Epiphany Season: 
Place a small bowl of water in the center of your meal table. Take a few moments each day – perhaps at a meal, or the beginning or ending of the day - to remember your baptism. Dip a finger in the water and sign the mark of the cross on your forehead. Say: Remember you are a baptized child of God and marked with the cross of Christ forever

Philip sought out Nathaniel to tell him about Jesus. Is there an individual or family you could invite to worship on Sunday? These days “come and see” of course means sharing the link to the on-line streaming of worship, or inviting them to look around the webpage, or pointing them to the sermon’s podcast.

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