Blessed so we may bless — This week at ELC

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God blessed Abram, so he would be a blessing to “all the families of the earth,” and we too are blessed to be a blessing to others. The gifts and skills God gave us are meaningless unless we share them.  What will the story of your life tell?

Worship with Holy Communion this week:  Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday – 8:30 a.m. – Traditional Worship

9:30 a.m. – Sunday School, Adult Bible Study and Fellowship

10:30 a.m. – Contemporary Worship

 Devotions for this week:   Call of Abraham – September 16, 2018

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

READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding

Monday, Genesis 15:1-6, God’s Covenant with Abram

Tuesday, Genesis 21:1-7, The Birth of Isaac

Wednesday, Genesis 25:19-28, The Birth of Esau and Jacob

Thursday, Genesis 35:16-26, The Birth of Benjamin and Death of Rachel

Friday, Genesis 37:1-11, Joseph Dreams of Greatness

Saturday, Genesis 37:12-36, Joseph is Sold by His Brothers

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

“I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:2-3)

Abram spends his golden years—the time when most are relaxing and looking back on their lives—to follow God’s leading on a long and uncertain journey. He risks everything on the promise that the best is yet to come.

  • How is God’s covenant with Abraham fulfilled today? If all humankind is now in covenant with God through the death and resurrection of Jesus, then how shall we treat one another? Where are you accepting of others? Where are you intolerant?
  • How has God blessed you? What are you grateful for? Practicing gratitude is a holy practice. Do it often this week.
  • For the littles: Can you keep all your promises? God can!

PRAY:  Faithful God, Abram and his family trusted you with their lives and all that they owned. May we also place our days within your hands, sure of the promise you have made us: to go before us, beside us, and after us with your protection. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
BLESS:  May God keep God’s promise to walk with you every step of your life. Amen.

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