Prayer: Dear God, we make music to you from our hearts with our love for others and by sharing our gifts and talents. In the midst of that can trip us up, may we make the way smoother. Amen
Reading: Ephesians 5: 15-20 (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: We are again being scolded…or at least being warned. We are living in difficult times. Is this disturbing to you? Depressing? There’s an old poem: “Each is given a bag of tools; a set of rules; and each must make a stumbling block or a stepping stone. Build bridges; not fences. Offer a hand of friendship; not a clenched fist. Sing together in harmony; not shouts of dischord.”
I attended a performance by 166 brass players from all around the world. They came from South Africa, Germany, Canada and California and practiced together for three days to produce an amazing sound. They were truly making music to the Lord from their hearts. (v. 19)
-- Alice Yeakel
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