Prayer: Help me to welcome all of your friends into my life, O Lord. Amen
Reading: Acts 10:1-33 (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 long reading is an alternate story for Day 5--In the breaking of bread, we recognize our Lord.
“Praise the Lord,” she said. “I think I just communed a Muslim,” I had reflected to my colleague. It was at Camp Mount Luther. The Muslim was a visiting friend of one of our counselors. He had been around for a few days, and we were all just very comfortable with him. We were worshiping outdoors and he came with everybody else to receive the sacrament and I just served him. At the moment, it didn’t occur to me to not serve him. As I think about it, it was the right thing to do.
Peter learned, “God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean.” He was sent to the Gentile, Cornelius and Cornelius was led to Peter. God works that way. He probably could not express it as we Christians would, but I’m sure that our Muslim friend experienced the love of Jesus in the bread and wine in the midst of his friends. --Jim Bricker
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