Prayer: May I sing to the Lord a new song this day and bless God’s name and tell of God’s salvation from day to day. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 96 (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: In a few days, when the staff gathers for training, we will spend some time talking about to correctly lead songs with campers. We will teach them the proper tricks and techniques for how to do an important part of our camp program. Over the years, we’ve learned ways that just make leading songs go better.
When I read this passage, I was reminded that even though there is a good way to lead songs, there isn’t a bad was to sing songs. Because, after all, if we are singing to praise God, it doesn’t matter how we sing. The important thing is our praise. A church choir director told me when I was young that everyone can sing- some may just be better at using their voice in various ways. She wanted anyone to join the choir because anyone can sing.
As we train the staff on song leading, this year I’ll try to remind them that the most important thing is just to sing and praise God. And, it doesn’t have to be a new song. It can be an old song, too. I hope you find yourself singing praises to God this day. –Chad Hershberger
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