Prayer: Help us, Lord, to be Easter people. Amen.
Reading: Acts 5:27-41 (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: It is Easter Tuesday. We don’t usually hear many people refer to today as that, do we? The build-up from Lent into Palm Sunday and Holy Week, followed by Easter Sunday is over. If you were fortunate to have a day off yesterday, like me, today it’s back to reality in the work world. Or is it?
Easter should change us. In fact, our readings for this Sunday remind us of that. We hear about Thomas, and of making joyful noise to the Lord. We read about Jesus coming in the future and hear this text about how the disciples spread the good news after Jesus’ rising.
How to do you live as an Easter person? How do you live your life for our Risen King? What is different in your life, knowing that death has lost its sting and you are assured of eternal life?
In this Easter season, let’s live in the good of the resurrection. Share the good news and let others know how God is a change agent and can make even the worst situation good. After all, Easter Sunday did come after Good Friday this weekend, didn’t it? --Chad Hershberger
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