Prayer: Loving God help us love one another as you have commanded us to do. Let us wash each other’s feet with kindness and compassion. Help us follow Jesus’ example of giving and serving. Let our words and actions speak loudly to let others know that we are your disciples. Amen.
Reading: John 13: 1-17, 31b-35 (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?
Reflection: I don’t know if you have every participated in a foot washing ceremony or not, but I can tell you from personal experience that it is real humbling. I have both washed people’s feet and have had my feet washed. Every time it has been a real inspirational act. A few of the times it has been at the end of mission trips. The leaders of the organization that lead the trip would wash the leaders of the different youth groups feet, and then the leaders of the youth groups would wash their youth’s feet. We also would be prayed over and then pray over our youth. It has always been very impactful and it remains a highlight of the trips for many. We remember that we are loving others as Jesus has loved us, and we recall our service as God’s disciples. If you every get a chance to participate in a foot washing ceremony I highly recommend it. Don’t be like Peter and balk against the experience.
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