Prayer: Listening God, we make a joyful noise unto you! Amen
Reading: Psalm 66: 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: Not sure why but I have been watching more football this season than in the past. Just one college game on a Saturday afternoon and maybe a professional game on a Sunday. The college game is not a big 10 team so the ESPN coverage is not a big deal production. The only microphones are in the broadcasting booth. You can't hear the crowd so much except for when the cheering really gets loud. Sometimes you can hear the band.
Compare that to an NFL game. You hear the announcers, the referees explaining the penalties and even the quarterback calling the plays. You can even hear the players smashing into each other. And the crowd noise is deafening. A constant roar that only gets louder at big moments in the game. Just hours of constant yelling. I wonder if everyone goes home hoarse and slightly deaf?
Our Psalm today, like many, calls us to make a joyful noise to the Lord. While I like to think my singing is not noise, this verse does cover those who simply sing loud and bad. God asked for joyful noise so it's all good. Joyful noise may also be lively conversation during coffee hour. Joyful noise may be the clattering of pots and pans in the soup kitchen. Joyful noise may be the banging of hammers on a Habitat for Humanity House. Joyful noise may be the shouts of campers playing in the field or swimming in the pool.
Whatever the noise, let it be joyful and may we all go home hoarse and slightly deaf! --Ruth Gates
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