Reading: 1 Samuel 3:8-10
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: This is out last look at our Day 5 summer curriculum as part of our theme, “A Love That Never Ends.” To recap, we are looking at heroes of the Old Testament and how God loved them and how that love is in our lives today, too. We’ve looked at Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the Israelites, Jonah, Ruth and Naomi, and finally Jeremiah.
Our reading for today is one of the alternate texts for Day 5, the day we help campers prepare for reentry. We want to send them home looking to share God’s love.
Obviously, this call to a young Samuel is to inspire our campers to feel called by God to share God’s love when they leave camp. But, this Friday I want to use the text in another way.
I firmly believe that God calls each individual of Camp Mount Luther’s staff. They are, of course, interviewed and hired by Chad, our executive director. It may seem rather secular—this working at Camp Mount Luther. But, it is not. It is a calling. God calls us to this place and to this ministry.
The summer starts this Sunday. Two weeks of staff training then we get campers!! Please pray for us. Today, this Sunday and all through the summer. The ones God has called--the 2015 summer staff: Chad, Linda, Tom, Toni, Charlene, Jim, Adam, Brooke-Lynn, Rebecca, Nichole, Ty, Courtney, Ryan, Olivia, Samantha, Zach, Tara, James, Phoebe, Jonah, Lindsey, Ryan, Kyle, and Ginny. --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff