Prayer: Heavenly Father, we build our sanctuaries yet they are nothing compared to what heaven will be like. Thank you for Jesus who entered heaven and appears on our behalf. Forgive our sins. Amen
Reading: Hebrews 9: 24-28 (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: Taking the scenic route from West Virginia to Camp Mount Luther, I passed many country churches along the way. Do you ever wonder what they look like inside? We have a basic idea but every church is unique. To me, all are beautiful simply for what they are - a place to worship God, to be a church family and to leave to serve the Lord.
Jesus entered a sanctuary not made by human hands. He entered heaven itself which is beyond our imagination. Jesus appears in the presence of God on our behalf - his sacrifice taking away our sin. How beautiful is that? Nothing we make with our hands will even come close. The most beautiful thing we can do is love God and love others. Then we are a sanctuary ourselves.
See you at church!
-- Ruth Gates
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