Prayer: Get our attention, Lord, however it takes. Then with the way prepared for you, enter our hearts. Amen
Reading: Matthew 3: 1-12 (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: Godspell came on the scene, or at least to my quiet little town and very traditional church, during those hippie days of the 70's. I was rather young but old enough to know this was something totally different from anything I had known to be "churchy". Looking back, I really have to hand it to the elders for welcoming the traveling show to perform in our very formal sanctuary, dress colorfully, play that rock and roll music, sing with abandon and (gasp!) dance. I am not sure what kind of an impact it had on others but this little girl was blown away with the whole thing. And while that nasally, off key blatting sound of the ram's horn which opens the show is almost painful, there is nothing like it for us to then hear a single voice singing, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord." Just seven words sung pure, clear, repeating, others voices joining, getting faster, adding keyboard, electric guitar and drums and...oh, yeah, everyone was listening by then.
Godspell got our attention. That is for sure. So did John the Baptist in his own out of the ordinary way. What will get your attention today? How will you prepare the way of the Lord? Will you be blown away with His message of Love? --Ruth Gates
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