Sunday to Monday / When I Afraid I Put My Trust in You

Risk more than others think is safe.
Care more than others think is wise.
Dream more than others think is practical.
Expect more than others think is possible.

~ Claude Thomas Bissell

Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.
~ Jesus, Matt 14:27

The Bible reading yesterday was Matthew 14:22-33 and we focused not on how Peter walked out in faith, but on how Jesus comes to us - when we stay in the boat and together we sail out to tell the world that Jesus comes to save.

Back to School Blessing: "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." Psalm 56:3  We blessed students, teachers, coaches, administrators, support staff and parents. 

Thoughts and links to lead you into discussion and reflection this week on Matt 14 and heading back to school. 

  • Read Matthew 14:22-33. What are some of the storms you are experiencing or have recently experienced? Where is Jesus in this storm?
  • Jesus never sends anyone out alone. How can community inspire you to take a step of faith or to take a risk
  • Remember “First Day of School”; what were your fears, what did you enjoy, what did you dread? Pray for all having the “First Day of School” jitters.
  • Looking ahead to next week: Are you too easily offended?  When someone offends you, what do you want to do in response?

For Families: Check out these links and activities

Back to School Prayer tool based on the 8 basic crayon colors: 

Blue: Ask God to give students & teachers a sense of peace.
Green:Pray that there will be a steady stream of growth throughout the year.
Yellow: Pray for friendships, nurturing relationships & that no one feels alone
or left out.

Red: Pray for safety each day; and freedom from bullying & peer pressure

Brown: Ask God to give students & teachers a strong work ethic; to learn & lead
with humility, honesty, dependability and courage.

Orange: Pray that students & teachers feel welcomed and invited into their
learning environments.

Black: Pray that students & teachers have self-confidence, make wise choices,
and stay focused.
Purple: Thank God for imagination; bless teachers with creative ways and
imaginative hearts.

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