Prayer: Lord, your joy is our strength. Amen
Reading: Nehemiah 8: 1-3, 5-6, 8-10 (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?
If you knew how many fiery darts the devil was shooting at you, you'd run to the Sacrament of the Altar every chance you got. ~ Martin Luther
How else can I say it? I find joy and strength in worship. Whatever has been going on all week, going to church Sunday morning brightens my spirit and recharges my battery. I like how Martin Luther puts it. That would be me. Running.
The people to listened as Ezra read book of the law of Moses and they understood as it was explained. Nehemiah called the day holy and encouraged them not to mourn or weep for the joy of the Lord is (their) strength! Perhaps they ran to worship, too.
-- Ruth Gates
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