Prayer: Help us, Jesus, to encounter you in new and exciting ways.
Reading: Mark 9:2-10 (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: This Sunday, congregations all across the Upper Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be celebrating “Camp Mount Luther Sunday.” Early in my time as director of camp, I felt it would be good to have a synod-wide designated day to celebrate the work of outdoor ministries. Since the synod council designated this observance, it has been held on the third Sunday of January.
But this year, we will begin a new tradition. Upon the action of synod council last year, we moved Camp Mount Luther Sunday to Transfiguration Sunday. This year will be the first time we celebrate the day on this Sunday. It was my recommendation to do this because I think that the story we read this Sunday reminds us of the importance of what we do in outdoor ministries.
The disciples went up to a mountaintop. There, they encountered Jesus in a new way—dazzling white. They wanted to set up camp. Peter wanted to build some tents so they could stay there forever. But they couldn’t. They had to leave that place and continue to do their work among the peoples.
Children, youth, and adults come to the mountaintop of Mount Luther and encounter Christ in new and exciting ways. They, too, have to go back to their “normal” life and then share that experience and share Christ with others.
As you hear this story on Sunday, think of the ways that camp transfigures those who come here to be renewed! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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