Prayer: LORD, some things bear repeating all together. Together we give thanks to you. Amen
Reading: Psalm 124 (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?
The best way to teach a song at camp is to ask the campers to, "Repeat after me and do as I do." The immediate response to which is the campers echoing back, "Repeat after me and do as I do." It's funny. Then the song teaching can begin. Once learned, we sing it all together. It works.
Psalm 124 begins with the statement,
If it had not been for the LORD who was on our side
- let Israel now say -
if it had not been the LORD who was on our side....
It's as if the Psalmist was teaching with the "Repeat after me and do as I do" method. Hear what I said? Let Israel now say!
Psalm 124 is a song of thanksgiving. A song taught like songs are taught at camp. It works!
-- Ruth Gates
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