Prayer: Help us to see, Lord. Help us to see others who help us learn more about you through scripture and help us to be guides for others who need to meet you in the Word. Amen.
Reading: Acts 8:26-40 (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: In our reading today from the book of Acts, Philip meets the Ethiopian eunuch. The eunuch was reading from the Bible and Philip went over and joined him. The eunuch had questions about the scripture and Philip sat with him and explained it. He was a guide for the Ethiopian. This story was part our summer curriculum a few years ago. I liked it a lot. And so today, I’d like to write the story in camp-speak. It might go something like this:
A camper, whose name was Ethan, was at GROW Time, reading aloud the scripture passage. His counselor asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I- unless someone guides me?” The counselor, using his Biblical knowledge, then explained in kid-friendly terms about Jesus in all the scriptures. Several of his cabinmates also chimed in and explained what they had learned along their faith journey.
At camp, we take the time to sit down and talk with our campers. When they have Biblical or faith questions, we try to answer them and help them as they wrestle with what the scripture means to them today. We talk frequently about baptism and how we are loved as Children of God. And this summer, we will take it one step further to talk about how we, in response to God’s love for us, must go out and serve others.
Who are your scripture guides? How do you learn more about God’s love for us and respond to that love? In this week that we have images of the vine, how do you abide in Christ? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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