Prayer: When we join our voices in music, there is strength. May we praise and worship you as one and all together. Amen.
Reading: Revelation 5: 11-14 (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: Can you imagine the sound of the voices of myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands of angels singing? In a smaller way I see it when we gather for worship and fellowship. I hear it when we sing hymns at church and songs at camp. The sound of music is powerful.
Sometimes it only takes one or two voices to be strong. During a youth orchestra tour of Austria, we visited Salzburg and, among other historic places, we saw sites from The Sound of Music and Maria's life. Lisa, a huge fan of the movie, skipped along the same tree-lined lane singing "Do, Re, Mi" just like the von Trapp children did. Later we rode a funicular to a mountaintop fortress, and on the way down, this same person was clutching a pole in the car terrified of the descent. I wrapped my hands around her hands and started singing the first thing that came to mind, "The hills are alive with the sound of music..." She joined in and, before we knew it, we were safely at the bottom.
Singing on your own, with another or many, know there are myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands singing with you and be strong. --Ruth Gates
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