Reading: Luke 2:1-20
This summer at camp, we will be exploring Biblical themes through the curriculum, “Living in God’s Time.” It will take a look at the seasons of the church year and how the stories we look at during those periods are relevant to our lives today.
On Tuesdays this summer, we will study Christmas and our scripture text is the one you read today. This is one story that I never tire of hearing. I love Christmas and enjoy hearing the story of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the angels, and the newborn king.
It’s going to be fun this summer to be able to celebrate Christmas at a time other than December. I always find that when we’ve celebrated Christmas in July at camp, I hear things in the nativity story that I don’t hear or think about in December. Commemorating the Christmas season in the summer brings whole new meaning to that age old story.
As we look on Fridays this month at scripture texts of the Christmas season, maybe you, too, will look at the birth of Christ in a new way. And perhaps that new way will give greater meaning to the season when we celebrate it next December. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Get out your crèche or nativity scene or make a new one. Whether you use materials from around your home or a kit, a nativity scene made by your family can become a decoration that you look forward to getting out year after year. Suggestions for materials: toilet paper tubes, clothespins, clay, old spools, small boxes—be creative! After you make your nativity scene or set up one you have, say a prayer thanking God for the gift of God’s Son.
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