Prayer: "Hosanna! Blessed is he who come in the name of the Lord." Come into our hearts, Lord Jesus. Amen
Reading: John 12: 12-16 (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: This may sound odd but as a child the first Sunday of Advent was strangely similar to Palm Sunday. How? On both Sundays we sang the same hymn,"Hosanna", which has a tricky leading part and echo, split men and women, with harmony no less! We just rolled into it; no directions, no sweat. Much like getting swept up into the Canticle round from Holden Evening Prayer.
So, growing up, "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!" was heard as much to begin the Advent time of waiting for Jesus to be born as it was for Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem to start Holy Week. Makes me think everyday we could be proclaiming Hosanna, right? Yes, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Come into our hearts, Lord Jesus. Every day. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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