Prayer: Help us, Lord, to be the person that you want us to be. Amen.
Reading: Luke 4:21-30 (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: What is on your business card? Or, if you don’t have one, what would it say? I read a book once by Robert Fulghum and he wrote that he had difficulty putting on one card all the things that he did. If he thought about it, he did quite a lot. There were his professional titles, the ones he had at home, and the things he did that he didn’t think about—like sleeping and breathing. So, he decided just to put his name on his business card and be the best Fulghum he could be!
This week, our appointed texts talk about callings. It ties in nicely to the season of Epiphany as we look at how Jesus reveals himself. In our Bible story for today, townspeople were amazed at what Jesus was telling them. They wondered if he was the person they thought he was. They had a view of Jesus different than what Jesus saw of himself (and knew about himself).
Can the same be said of us? Do we pretend to be the person that we think others want us to be? Or, are we truly the person God is calling us to be? And, what might that call be? We’ll look at all these questions this week as we look at our Bible verses for Sunday. Stay tuned! --Chad Hershberger
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