G.I.F.T. 5-9-2021

Growing In Faith Together
May 9, 2021

Act 10:44-48
Psalm 98
1 John 5:1-6
John 15:9-17

We are known and loved and chosen, but we are commanded, too, to belong to one another, to care for one another, to love one another. We are called to serve others as Jesus came to serve; but servanthood isn’t the full picture. Friendship better captures the love, the joy, the deep mutuality of the relationship into which Christ invites us. So, we too are called into a community grounded in God’s ways.
Discuss in your household or small group:
* How does one abide in the love of Jesus?

* What tempts you away from abiding in the love of Christ?

* What does it mean to have been chosen by or have been regarded a friend of Jesus? What makes your joy complete?

* Have you ever experienced another person or a community being "for" you?

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 15:9-17
Monday Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Tuesday Deuteronomy 11:8-12
Wednesday Deuteronomy 11:18-21
Thursday Ascension Day Luke 24:44-53
Friday Revelation 1:12-20
Saturday Psalm 47:5-9
Sunday John 17:6-19

Next Sunday: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19

For the Week: Make my heart bold with love for others.

Throughout the Day: Help me love others as you have loved me.

Blessing to Share: Abide in God’s love.

For mealtime say responsively:

Alleluia! Christ is risen: Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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!

Devotional Practice: 
 This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. These eight words summarize all 1189 chapters in the Bible. These words summarize the purpose of our lives: to love one another as Christ has loved us. Light a single white candle in your home each day this week. Sit quietly and ponder how this commandment can be lived out in your life.

Easter Season Ritual: 
Sometimes, we hardly believe that the tomb is empty. During this Easter season of 50 days, open your heart to the reality of the resurrection of Jesus. Start each day with “Christ is risen. Alleluia!” Pause throughout your day, while moving from one thing to another, to remember silently (or aloud) that Christ is risen indeed! At the end of your day pray a word of thanks that even as we died with Jesus in our baptism, so also, we will rise with him in the resurrection.

National Alliance on Mental Illness invites you to take part in their second virtual fundraising event NAMIWalks Your Way. You can donate. You can support a team. You can participate as an individual. You can pull together a team. 
Their website is full of ideas and information.

NAMIWalks Your Way is a completely virtual experience for you as a participant where you get to choose your activity! You can choose any activity that makes you feel happy and energized.

A few ideas for event day activities:
* Walk or run a 5K, inside on a treadmill or at a neighborhood park?
* Plan a craft day or other indoor activity with your kids
* Hold a virtual bake-off with your team
* Practice self-care with a favorite hobby like yoga or painting
* Ride a stationary bike or ride outside exploring your neighborhood

Be sure to use the hashtag #NotAlone and your local hashtag #NAMIJC when posting on social media, so we can share your engagement with others. 

ALWAYS link back to your fundraising page or team page when communicating about the event so people know exactly how to support your NAMIWalks Your Way efforts.

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