Prayer: When we are feeling like we can do no more, help us to have the energy to stand up and preach. Amen.
Reading: Acts 1: 15-17, 21-26 (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: As a student at Penn State, I passed by the Willard Building often on my way to class. There was a fixture that stood outside that building almost every day who was known as Gary, the Willard Preacher. Gary would stand there, Bible in hand, and preach.
When I read about Peter standing up and preaching in our story for today, I was taken back to my days of seeing and hearing the Willard Preacher. Was the scene similar to the one with Peter? Did people take Peter seriously? When we read this story, we take it seriously because we know about Peter and his whole body of work. But back in those days did people pass by, like I did in college, and not necessarily take the corner preacher seriously.
Lutherans often talk about being a public witness to our faith. But, we are also often called the “Frozen Chosen” as we aren’t always good at talking about our faith with others. What ways can we be more like Peter and Gary and stand up and preach?
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