Prayer: Almighty God, you have knit your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Stop and GROW: After reading the prayer, 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 prayer?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this prayer?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this prayer stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this prayer?
Reflection: All Saints Day is one of my favorite celebrations. It wasn’t always, but lately it has become more and more important to me. Maybe because some folks whom I love have died and the celebration helps me to remember them. But, I remember them from time-to-time throughout the year. Usually with a smile on my face, because the memory is one of something funny said or done. Which saints do you remember today?
The celebration, I think, is more than just remembering those who have died. It is also celebrating the saints with who we live and minister. Those sinners who are made saints by God’s grace. The saints living at the throne of God and the saints living today are somehow connected. The ancient prayer for this celebration calls it “one communion in the mystical body of Christ.” It’s more than a memory. It is something God does.
Well, for all the saints: those who rest from their labors; those who live yet in the flesh; for all of us experiencing to one degree or another “the inexpressible joys” God has prepared for us; for all the saints—thanks be to God! --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
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