Prayer: Heavenly Father, as we gather as your church with you in our midst, we pray that we will be honest and open, and share grace with each other. Amen
Reading: Matthew 18: 15-20 (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: As children of God, we were created to live in community, especially as a church family. Every summer a new community is formed among the staff at camp, but before it all feels fine and dandy- like a family- there is a bit of conflict to be expected. This conflict is popularly known as storming, and commonly occurs in any and all intentional Christian communities. Here in this passage from Matthew it says that when problems arise within these communities we are to address them as they arise- there is never room for a grudge in a close knit community! We are to be honest, open and transparent with each other (something known at camp as HOT communication)! What I personally recommend and as many of the other staff at camp know, when I am resolving conflicts, There is nothing that clears my head more than a big ‘ol hug sharing grace and forgiveness. --Anne Harshbarger
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