Prayer: Lord, whatever we do in our social times, may we grow in our relationship with you and with each other. Amen
Reading: John 2: 13-22 (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: Did you ever attend a Spiderweb Social in your church basement or fellowship hall? When a child, my family would go to this event. The men would weave a ‘‘web’’ with twine from wall to wall. Low enough for all to reach. Each length of twine had a clothespin attached and you would unravel the web and find a prize at the other end of your piece of twine. The usual thing we do at church? No. Ingenious? Yes. Fun? Absolutely!
Jesus cleansed the temple driving out the sheep and cattle, pouring out the coins of the money changers and overturning their tables. These were things which got in the way of relationship with God and with others. What gets in the way of relationship with God and others today? Some would say it is social media.
The church can serve so many purposes: a place to socialize and have a time of fellowship. A place to serve hot meals to the homeless or a Saturday lunch to families hard pressed to make ends meet. When Santa arrives in our town square, our church offers gallons of free hot chocolate.
We are a part of the community. We offer warmth and love. A place to share God’s love. Let us come together and humbly worship Him by reaching out to our neighbors. Get the Word out. This is “social media” at its best. --Alice Yeakel
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