Prayer: Jesus, we look for you and your peace. Amen.
Reading: John 20: 19-29 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
“When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’” --John 20:19
Jesus meets us wherever we are because he loves us. Today, we begin on Friday looks at Day 4 of our summer curriculum this year. This day reminds us that there is no place where Christ cannot reach us. La Frontera is the place where differences meet and exist side by side. Again we are reminded that the message is about the love God gives freely.
After Jesus’ death he appeared to his disciples several times. They were lost and sad. Jesus appeared and brought them comfort and confidence in his resurrection. Jesus said, “Peace be with you!”
How can we show peace in our family? How can we show peace in our neighborhoods? Schools? Churches? World? Is it ever hard to show peace to some people? Is it ever hard for people to show peace to you? Does God love us at all times?
Find ways that you can share that peace with others! --Chad Hershberger
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