Prayer: Help us to celebrate the work you do in our midst. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 90:17 (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: 1790 was a good year. President George Washington delivered the first state of the union address. The modern shoe string was invented in England. The District of Columbia was established. The United States population stood at 3,939,214. And the Dry Valley Presbyterian Society was formed. It was not until 1805 that the Society erected a church on the very site that Little Valley Presbyterian Church stands today in Vira near Lewistown, PA. This Sunday I am privileged to lead this congregation in worship, celebrating its 225th anniversary.
This congregation celebrates two and a quarter centuries of ministry: baptisms, marriages, deaths, worship, doing good work in the community and the world. The psalm says it all. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands—O prosper the works of our hands! For Little Valley it is 225 years of work. Every moment of it prospered by the favor of God. And it is work that has been and still is done day-to-day, one-by-one by God’s faithful people.
I invite you to celebrate with Little Valley Presbyterian Church and remember that the good work we all do is God’s work. Let us endeavor today to do really good work and praise God for looking upon us with favor. --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
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