Editor’s Note: We continue today with our look at this summer’s Day 5 curriculum of “Water of Life.” Thursday’s Theme is “By Still Waters-- Resting in God.”
Prayer: Great God, you are the One and only that we praise.
To you our hearts and minds raise.
All that we are and all that we might be
Rests in your mystery and majesty. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 100 (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: A church that I attended a long time ago had some of the verses of this psalm etched into the full glass doors of the sanctuary. It is great to have a literal interpretation that doesn’t cause problems. Yet, it is still a challenge. We might at this point in Eastertide be so far away from the jubilation and so deep in real life and the rush of spring activities and events that we might find entering into worship a chore or something we might skip. To enter into God’s courts with thanksgiving might be hard if something has gone wrong or you are struggling with grief or loss.
What if, however, things are going pretty well? Then, by all means do not skip out on worship! Let your abundance, generosity, and exuberance speak for others that it might lift them up. We might not realize how much we need each other. You singing a hymn or song joyfully could be just what the man three pews up needs to fill his ears. The way you add inflection to “our daily bread” could be just what the young woman across the aisle needs to hear so she worries a little less about how she is going to feed all five children this coming week. Along that same line, the offering that you decide to beef up because you are feeling so awesome and in love with God and what God is doing in your life makes its way to feed a bunch of children that you can’t even see in worship—but soon they will be smiling too! --Andrew Fitch
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