Prayer: Thank you Lord, for the bread and the wine. Amen
Reading: Matthew 15:29-39 (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: On Fridays we take a look at Camp Mount Luther’s summer curriculum, “La Frontera.” Today’s reading is an alternate story for Day 5--In the breaking of bread, we recognize our Lord.
It’s fun having one foot in the Lutheran Church and the other in the Presbyterian. I’m a Lutheran pastor serving a Presbyterian congregation on a part-time basis. This is just a little bit of an aside—having these full-communion partners is just super!
Anyhow, I was asked recently if I missed anything the Sundays I preach in the Presbyterian Church. I didn’t have to think—I miss weekly communion. That wasn’t always the case. I grew up in a quarterly-communion congregation. But, I’ve come to understand why we Lutherans encourage weekly communion. And I’ve really come to appreciate the sacrament each Sunday.
And it isn’t because it feels so special. Because, in some ways, it is not so special. In fact it is rather routine. Jesus just comes to us in the breaking of the bread. That’s what Jesus does. --Jim Bricker
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