Prayer: We know you are with us, Lord, and are grateful for your presence. Amen.
Reading: Luke 22: 14-24 (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: A friend of mine recently posted online a passage about Holy Communion and was pondering that each time we take the sacrament, we should be ready to come before God and enjoy the meal and the promises that God has given to us and fulfilled. It got me to thinking about communion and one of the most meaningful distribution that I have ever been part of.
When I was a counselor at Mount Luther, it was our tradition (and remains to this day) that the staff celebrate Holy Communion together one a week. One particular week, we were getting ready for communion and our camp pastor that week was looking for a vessel to put the wine into for distribution. This was before camp was gifted a nice communion set. So, he found what we could—a big plastic “Days of Thunder” cup. The movie had just come out that summer and a local fast food place had given out big cups with scenes from the movie. So, we used that cup to partake of Christ’s blood.
As I remember, there were many laughs as we sipped from that cup. Some may think that is irreverent, but I felt great community with my fellow believers that night. We truly were enjoying being together in God’s presence. It was a communion service I’ve not forgotten!
The next time you go receive the elements, go with a sense of joy that God is truly present. Smile as you receive them and think of all the other believers, both on earth and at heaven, that are sharing the meal with you. And maybe you’ll think of that big plastic movie cup, and how the divine can truly be present in everyday things! --Chad Hershberger
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