Prayer: We offer supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for everyone. Amen.
Reading: I Timothy 2: 1-7 (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: In I Timothy 2, Paul urges that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings are to be made for everyone. Everyone! I know someone whose bedtime, "God bless..." list became quite long over the years but it never got shortened and no one ever got skipped. I know another person who has a day of the week system to pray for different groups of people different days so no one falls between the cracks. Whatever works, as long as we are praying for everyone.
My church just started a practice of each week praying for 5 or 6 families from our membership roster. I must admit, when the first name is read, I wonder, "Oh dear, what is going on with the Harmon family?" Then I hear Hermann, Hirsch, Holoran,....and as my brain gives up wondering, I realize we are simply praying through the H's of the church family. However many weeks it takes, we will have prayed for everyone! I hope as soon as we finish we start over back at the beginning and pray for everyone again. --Ruth Gates
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