Prayer: Dear God, may we always find a way to add a fun verse to our songs of life. Amen
Reading: Genesis 9: 8-17 (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: How many years have children been singing the song about Noah and the Ark? I think I first heard it at church camp a very long time ago. Some call it "Arky, Arky". Some call it " Rise and Shine". Everyone knows it starts with:
The Lord said to Noah there's gonna be a floody, floody;
Lord said to Noah, there's gonna be a floody, floody.
Get those animals (clap!) out of the muddy, muddy;
Children of the Lord!
Sooo.....Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory!
Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory!
Rise and shine and (clap!) give God the glory, glory,
Children of the Lord.
And so on thru the verses. Build him an arky, arky. Animals came by twosies, twosies. Rained and poured for forty daysies, daysies. It just keeps going until...how to end it? I thought the end was when the sun came out and dried up the landy, landy and everything was fine and dandy, dandy. Then one time some cheeky person added the animals left by threesies, threesies. Well? Okay? That could be.
But I think my favorite ending ties in with our text today. God gave the sign of a rainbow to remember the promise and covenant he established between him and all life on the earth. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. So, sing along with this last verse:
So, this is the end of, the end of my story, story.
This is the end of, the end of my story, story.
Everything is (clap!) honky-dory, dory,
Children of the Lord!
Sooooo.....Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory!.....
--Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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