Prayer: Help us to celebrate the one holy catholic and apostolic church. Amen
Reading: Esther 9:20-22 (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: This reading comes at a time when the Jews were cast far and wide throughout the known world. Few were in Judah. In such a state, one would perhaps feel lonely and surely experience being broken and separated from one another. The small communities of Jews that gathered here and there could celebrate together and only wonder about other Jewish dispersed communities. But, they are called to celebrate all on the same day—the fourteenth day of Adar—the Feast of Purim. In that liturgy, they celebrated their oneness no matter how dispersed they were.
World Wide Communion Sunday is coming up. This is the one day when all Christians in every corner of the world are called to celebrate our oneness in Christ. The liturgy, of course, is The Lord’s Supper. Just as Purim is a day for Jews to recall that they have gained relief from their enemies, Christians this Sunday recall together the gift of God’s presence throughout His church in the body and blood of our Lord. Regardless of our differences we are God’s one holy catholic and apostolic church. --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
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