Prayer: Help us this week, O Lord, to keep our eyes on you.
Reading: Acts 13:26-33a (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: Today’s text is an alternate story for day 3 of this summer’s camp curriculum, “La Frontera.”
We are on the cusp of entering into Holy Week. This Sunday, as Chad reflected earlier this week, we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and remember the activities of the last week of his life. Our reading today sort of summarizes that week. More than that, it reminds what God did to conclude the activities of the week. As we enter Holy Week, it is good to be reminded of how it ends.
Here’s a little summary of today’s text in my words. The world at its evil best did its damnedest. And God said, “Oh no you don’t. I’ll show you. Watch me.”
It is a sad and weary celebration, Holy Week. But in the end we are blessed and graced by God. --Jim Bricker
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