Reading: 1 Peter 1: 3-9
It’s the Wednesday after Easter and the candy is already gone and we are left with a lot of hard-boiled eggs. Looks like egg salad for lunch…again. Monday’s GROWTime encouraged us by saying, “The key to surviving the post-Easter blahs is to continue to share the good news of the Easter story.”
Our text today from 1 Peter also remind us, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1: 3) We greatly rejoice! (vs. 6) Sure there may be grief and trials…post-holiday doldrums and real troubles…but we believe in him and are filled with inexpressible joy! (vs. 8) We are receiving the end result of our faith, the salvation of our souls. (vs. 9) We have a living hope! Praise to God! --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther "frequent" Family Camper
Closing: Sing or read the words of the following hymn (ELW, #383, v. 2) and pray the closing prayer:
Christ is risen! Raise your spirits from the caverns of despair.
Walk with gladness in the morning. See what love can do and dare.
Drink the wine of resurrection, not a servant, but a friend.
Jesus is our strong companion. Joy and peace shall never end.
Prayer: Dear God, may we see each say as a gift of your love and grace so that we may be filled with a living hope. Praise to you! Amen
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