Prayer: Alleluia! Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.
Reading: John 6: 56-69 (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 my Bible, the headings for the sections of John 6 go like this: Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand, Jesus Walks on Water, Jesus the Bread of Life and Many Disciples Desert Jesus. Wait! What? Things were going so well and then, Bam!, many said, "We're outta here!" What happened? Where are you going?
Well, that is how it goes sometimes and Jesus even saw it coming. He knew there was some grumbling going on. "Does this offend you?" he asks. Many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. (vs. 61, 66). What does follow this are Simon Peter's familiar words, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." (v. 68)
Add an alleluia to the beginning of Simon Peter's response and two more at the end and you have what we sing before the gospel reading each week in worship. Perhaps when we are grumbling and thinkiung of turning away, we ought to say these words in prayer and then read some Good News! --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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