Who will you stand with? — this week at ELC

Ruth

Ruth and Naomi show us what it is to live as a family in faith, placing that relationship above the traditional distinctions of race and clan.  Who do we stand with as our family in faith?

Worship this week:  Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday – 8:30 a.m.  Traditional Worship

10:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Devotions for this week:  July 8 – Ruth & Naomi

SHARE:   What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?

READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding

Sunday, Ruth 1:1-5  Naomi and her family in Moab

Monday, Ruth 1:6-14  Naomi sets out for Judah

Tuesday, Ruth 1:15-18 Ruth’s Promise

Wednesday, Ruth 2:1-7  Ruth meets Boaz

Thursday, Ruth 2:8-20  Boaz provides for Ruth

Friday, Ruth 3:1-18  Ruth and Boaz on the threshing floor

Saturday, Ruth 4:1-22  Marriage of Ruth and Boaz

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas

 16But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; Where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. 17Where you die, I will die— there will I be buried. May the Lord do thus and so to me, and more as well, if even death parts me from you!” 18When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.   Ruth 1:16-18

In a time of tragedy and uncertainty, Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi forge a loving relationship, and through faith, perseverance, and kindness they settle together and find a new beginning.

  • Who would you stand with during hard times? Who would stay with you?
  • Have you ever had to begin again after your plans fell apart?
  • Can you see God’s presence in the kindness of others?

PRAY Loving God, As your followers, you give us to one another. Help us to follow the example of Ruth and Naomi as we are knit into the new family your son created in his name. Amen

 BLESS:  May God give you companions on your life’s journey!

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