Prayer: Help us to remember our baptism, Lord, and the baptisms of others. Amen.
Reading: Acts 19:1-7 (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: Both my children were baptized at camp at the exact same spot. They were baptized by our congregation’s pastor and were surrounded by family and friends. When our pastor asked us to raise each of them in the faith, I can remember feeling the weight of that responsibility. But, I knew that they also would be guided by the Spirit, because the Spirit came down and became part of them that day.
In this passage, we are told about some folks who were baptized by John. But then, they heard about the baptism in Jesus’ name. They received that baptism and the Spirit also dwelt within them. What a day it must have been for them.
As we celebrate Jesus’ baptism this Sunday, may you remember times when you were involved in a baptism. It may have been your own, or a family member’s, or a member of your congregation. Remember those days and celebrate the Spirit becoming part of lives! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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