Prayer: We celebrate this day, God, the beginnings of the church. Thank you for the opportunity to be with others in a faith community. Amen.
Reading: Acts 2: 1-21 (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: When I was a youth, growing up in the church, I had to read this story as a lector one Pentecost Sunday. I remember studying how to say all those names of those locations and I was so nervous about saying them right when I got in front of the congregation that day.
This was a big day for the church. Happy Birthday!!!! The Spirit was here and life was changing for the early disciples.
As you celebrate Pentecost this Sunday, think about the church all around the world. Christianity spread from this event to be a global way of life. You are part of that big Body of Christ. Happy Birthday!!!
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