Prayer: Help us, O Lord, we pray, to do your will today.
Reading: The Lord Now Sends Us Forth (ELW 538)
The Lord now sends us forth with hands to serve and give,
to make of all the earth a better place to live.
The angels are not sent into our world of pain
to do what we were meant to do in Jesus’ name;
that falls to you and me and all who are made free,
Help us, O Lord, we pray, to do your will today.
Reflection: Today and tomorrow are bitter-sweet for me. Tonight we do our celebrating as a summer staff. Tomorrow we have our last meal together, worship and go home. It’s bitter, because the 17 of us have formed a close intentional Christian community and I will miss these friends. It is also sweet—after ten weeks at camp, I’m ready to be at home.
Another thing that makes these two days sweet is that I know that this staff will continue to do the loving, caring, faithful things I have experienced from them here this summer. And they will do it in all sorts of places: home, college, and everywhere they go. They will continue to make of all the earth a better place to live.
One day this week I was watching the pick-a-day-campers get ready to go home for the day. There were some parents hanging around as the campers sang some songs. I saw one mother singing, clapping and swaying right along. I smiled and realized that she is an alumni staff. Then I wondered as I often do, how many people influenced by the ministry of Camp Mount Luther are out there with hands to serve and give.
I invite you to join us today and everyday. Help us O Lord to join with the many others who are making all the earth a better place to live.
--Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
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