On Fridays in February, we look at the scripture that our campers will be studying during Day 2 this summer of “Awesome God. Awesome Love.”
Prayer: Lord God Almighty, you are amazing, awesome and all wonderful. We love you and adore you. Everything we have and are, we owe to you. You alone are worth the effort of our praise. You, God are worth a deep dripping sweat of full hearted singing and dancing! Amen.
Reading: Psalm 150 (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: Have you ever taken one of those inventories that tells you all the things that you can or can’t do? There are also tests and measures that tell you what careers would be a good choice for your gifts. I know in music education there is a kind of instrument test—you can go down through the line to see what you can play. Often, you start with what you think you might like to play or perhaps what a sibling played. For most people, there is an instrument or maybe a group of instruments that you can play, but others you simply cannot.
Everyone has a different set of gifts. God made us this way. I like to call it guaranteed diversity. We need many people to make up a band, choir, orchestra, committee, congregation, ministry team, Camp Mount Luther, synod, church...
This ancient set of lyrics reminds us of this principle. God is so great that God needs all of us and each of us to lift up our voice, mouth, or whatever makes music or joyful noise to God. These movements and actions connected to our gifts are what link up to our hearts. God surely does not only hear the sounds, but also the force of the life-breath pushing and returning in gratitude to its maker. Deeper than a popular song with a great beat, we are drawn to get up and (as they said in my younger dancing days) bust a move for the One who enables us to do whatever we can do. If you can’t sing, dance, or play an instrument, God still wants the movement of your heart! --Andrew Fitch
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