Prayer: We pray for the campers and staff at Camp Mount Luther. Help the staff to share Christ and plant seeds in the lives of those who come to this place set apart. Open the minds of the children, youth, and adults who attend, so that they can encounter you in new and exciting ways. Help them to experience the beauty of your creation and come back to our congregation, ready to live a life of discipleship and service to you. Amen.
Reading: John 20:19-23 (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 today’s text, the resurrected Jesus breaths on the disciples and gives then the Holy Spirit. Here the Greek word for spirit is pneuma. When Jesus first introduces the Holy Spirit to the disciples in chapter 14 of John He uses the Greek word parakletos. I was reminded recently that the basic meaning of that word is “come along side another.”
This week staff training at Camp Mount Luther begins. The staff need to know that God comes along beside us. It’s my prayer that you know that God is by your side this day.
The summer staff of Camp Mount Luther asks for you prayers today. Please pray that they experience God coming along side each of them and all of them as a staff. –Jim Bricker
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