Prayer: Lord, I am grateful for your goodness. Help me to share.
Reading: Acts 2:42-47 (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: Two things are going on here. First, we see what is central in the worship life of the early Christians—breaking of the bread and prayers. Second, we see how the church cared for each other. It appears to be socialism. They had all things in common. They sold things, put the money in a pot and distributed the proceeds to all, as any had need.
In today’s world, taking care of each other takes many forms. Our regular gifts to our congregations, our special gifts to our church, contributions to public charities like United Way and taxes. That last one might not be one you would name, but it is a way in which wealth is redistributed and cares for those in need.
Here’s what I really want to share today. I think there is a definite connection in breaking of the bread and prayers and the way we take care of each other. As we come together in worship, we receive God’s blessing abundantly. It’s easy to move from being blessed to being a blessing. We receive God’s goodness and move from worship and go into the world to bless others no matter how we choose to do it. --Jim Bricker
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