Grace Avenue UMC

September 8 – 20, 2018

In spite of all we have, we feel like something is missing. We feel uncertain and incomplete. “There is a gap”, Diana Butler Bass argues, “between our desire to be grateful and our ability to behave gratefully—a divide that influences our understanding of morality, worship, and institutional religion itself”. The Psalmists remind us that gratitude returns us to a deep and abiding relationship with God. How different do our lives appear when we fill them with gratitude?

Scripture Readings

Sept. 8/9 – “Feeling Grateful”
Psalm 138

Sept. 15/16 – “Habits of Gratitude”
Psalm 33

Sept. 22/23 – “Grateful Together”
Psalm 133

Sept. 29/30 – “Circles of Gratitude”
Psalm 107: 1-9, 31-33

Suggested Reading & Resources

Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks
by Diana Butler Bass

Turning Griping into Gratitude: A Study in the Psalms
by Ron Lavin

Gratitude, A Journal by Catherine Price One Thousand Gifts
by Ann Voskamp

The Gift of the Red Bird
by Paula D’Arcy