Sent into Summer

Sent by the Spirit into Summer. Summer in Minnesota can mean visits to the park, weekends at the cabin, campfires, picnics, and more! As we venture to new places and explore the outdoors, we have many opportunities to practice our faith outside the walls of the church. On this page, find tools for reminding us that the Holy Spirit sends us out to love our neighbors and care for God’s creation – and that Jesus goes with us every day, everywhere.

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Pause, light a candle, & take 15 minutes for caring conversation and prayer.

Share: What were your high and low points today?
Read: John 20:21. “Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’”
Reflect: Where will you go this summer? Maybe a park, family trip, soccer game, camp, child care? Whether you stick close to home or travel a long ways, how will you see and serve Jesus?
Pray: “Dear Jesus, help us to share your love, and remind us that you go with us wherever we are sent this summer! Amen.”
Bless: Trace a cross on each other’s shoulder, hand, or head and say “[Name], you are a beloved child of God.”

For more conversation starters, try Daring Deep Discussions.
For more Bible texts, go to Suggested Scripture Readings.

Going Deeper

  • Dive deep into conversation with your travel companions using these Trip Talk Questions. Read them off a screen, or print and cut the pdf into cards. We experience the love of God as we share and listen to each others’ stories.
  • Try the Skittles Prayer to incorporate faith practice while nibbling sweet treats! Bonus: figure out a way to pray along with whatever is your favorite road trip snack.
  • Random Acts of Kindness are fun and simple ways to share God’s love and joy with people you encounter on your travels. For inspiration, use the ideas listed here and pay attention to needs you see as you go!
  • Find inspiration for your travels through prayers, readings, and blessings that help you experience your natural surroundings—the beach, mountains, rivers, or lakes—through a lens of faith.
  • Don’t forget to pack “Jesus” as a reminder that, wherever we go, God goes with us! Decorate this image of Jesus and bring it along as you are out and about this summer.

Reflect on God’s call for you to step out in faith this summer, as you listen to the SOTV Worship Band perform “I Will Follow” by Chris Tomlin.

As you prepare to leave home for various adventures this summer, watch this video and pray along with your family or other travel companions.

Enjoy the picture book Old Turtle, written by Douglas Wood and illustrated by Cheng-Khee Chee. Where do you expect to see God? Where might God show up that surprises you?

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