Prayer: Blow into our lives, dear Spirit, and help us to follow your ways. 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: How do you celebrate Pentecost? One year, it was my confirmation day. My home congregation always confirmed youngsters on this day of the church year. I also remember wearing red to church and having the sanctuary adorned with geraniums.
When you read our story for today, you’ll notice that the first Day of Pentecost was quite different from how we might commemorate it today. There were tongues of fire, mighty winds, and speaking in different languages. Can you picture that scene? I bet most of the people were bewildered and not sure what was happening.
That’s the way with the Holy Spirit. It blows in at times you might now expect. It changes things or helps you to see things in new ways. It is a guiding force to keep you on track in your life. One never knows what to expect. And often, we might be bewildered.
Look for the Spirit blowing in on your life. Feel the gentle breeze or mighty wind. Go where it directs and celebrate the great day of Pentecost when it first appeared! --Chad Hershberger
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