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Taking Faith Home


 
Mealtime Prayer:  
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, you heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Amen.
 
 LUTHER’S MORNING PRAYER
I thank you, heavenly Father, through your dear Son, Jesus  Christ, that you have protected  me through the night from all  harm and danger,  I ask you  to keep me this day, too, from  all sin and evil, so that in all my  thoughts, words and deeds I  may please you.  In your hands I place my body and soul and all that is mine.  Let your holy angel be with me, so that the evil one may have no power over me.   Amen.

LUTHER’S EVENING PRAYER
I thank you, heavenly Father, through your dear Son, Jesus Christ, that you have graciously   protected me today.  I ask you to forgive all my sins and the wrong which I have done.  And graciously keep me this night. In your hands I place my body and   soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angel be with me, so that the evil one may have no power over me.  Amen.

TAKING FAITH HOME 6/26
CARING CONVERSATION: Discuss in your household or small group:
Discuss in your household or small group:
•           What is something that you “put off” doing? Why?
•           Jesus asked people to follow him, but sometimes they put it off, saying “I need to do this or that first” (Luke 9:59-61). Is it hard for you to follow Jesus sometimes? If so, in what ways?
•           If Jesus asked you to move somewhere else to do his will, what  would be hardest for you to leave behind?
Devotional Practices:
Make a “tree” shape out of cardboard or color paper and cut out “fruit” shapes marked with the nine fruits of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5. In your home devotion times this week talk about and pray for these fruits in your lives. As you do, place the fruit shapes on your “tree”.
Service:
Some followers of Jesus today still give up “home, family, and means of income” to share him with others. Do you know of anyone who has (e.g. missionaries in other countries)? If not, ask your pastor or church friends to suggest someone to you. Find their address and write a note of encouragement and thanks to them.
Rituals and Traditions:
As a fun household activity, work together to make a fruit salad. Buy a selection of different fruits and work together to peel and slice them up. As you enjoy eating the salad, affirm household members for the fruits of the Spirit you see revealed in them e.g. “ I saw the fruit of love in you when…”
Scripture Verses for the Week:
But the fruit the Holy Spirit produces is love, joy and peace. It is being patient, kind and good. It is being faithful and gentle and having control of oneself. – Galatians 5:22-23a (NIRV)
Mealtime Refrain:
Christ has set us free: To serve each other with love. (Galatians 5:13)
Mealtime Prayer:
Thank you, Lord, for the fruit of the earth. Produce in us the fruits of your Spirit, so that our lives are ripe with love. Amen.
© 2010 Vibrant Faith Ministries. All rights reserved. Written by Pr. Greg Priebbenow and edited by Vibrant Faith Ministries


TAKING FAITH HOME 7/3
CARING CONVERSATION: Discuss in your household or small group:
•           Share about a special trip you remember taking.
•           Imagine for a moment that Jesus sent you and a partner to another place to tell others about him. How would you do it? What would you do first? Who would you want as your partner?                                                                                           
•           Do you find it hard to talk to others about God? Why or why not?
 
Devotional Practices:
Make up a poster with the heading “A Name Written in Heaven” (see Luke 10:20). Each time you gather for home devotions this week, have a time of prayer for a members of your church or for your Christian friends – thank God for them and pray for their individual needs. Then add their names to the poster.
Service:
St. Paul says “Let us not become weary in doing good ... As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” What opportunities do you have to do good this week – in your church, neighborhood, school or places of work? Plan one way that you can “do good” as a household this week.
Rituals and Traditions:
When Jesus sent out seventy-two of his followers ahead of him he said that upon entering a house they were to say “Peace to this house.” Practice a homecoming greeting this week as a household. When a household member returns home from school or work, share this greeting with one another – “God’s peace be with you: And with you too.” You might want to add a touch of blessing, a hug or a kiss of greeting
Scripture Verses for the Week:
Jesus said to them: “A large crop is in the fields, but there are only a few workers. Ask the Lord in charge of the harvest to send out workers to bring it in.” - Luke 10:2 (CEV)
Prayer for this Week:
Lord Jesus, make me ready to serve as a worker in your fields.
Use me to share your peace with others. Amen. (Luke 10:2,5)
A Blessing to Share:
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you, through and through. Amen. (Galatians 6:18)
Mealtime Prayer:
You have blessed us, Lord, with food to savor. Send us forth, your fields to labor. Amen.
 
© 2010 Vibrant Faith Ministries. All rights reserved. Written by Pr. Greg Priebbenow and edited by Vibrant Faith Ministries
 

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