Prayer: O, supreme Lord, there is only one of us. Help us to live in unity with our brothers and sisters as you guide us. Amen.
Reading: Ephesians 4:1-16 (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: When I attended a Lutheran Outdoor Ministries conference one year, we sang a Taize song called, “There is One Lord.” It was based on this scripture. It reminded me that no matter what our difference, we are one through Christ. If you’d like to hear it, you can listen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zFqDMrRnZk.
The congregation continues to sing the chat throughout the song and the verse are sung by a soloist over top of the group singing. That is also a powerful witness to the fact that we are the chorus of singers, being one in God, who is the “big singer.”
When you fret over being divided with others, just remember that the big singer is one who unites us. There is one Lord!
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