Each summer our campers make new memories while enjoying the same activities campers have enjoyed for generations. Our campers swim in Shavehead Lake, hike in the peaceful woods, make new friends in their cabin, and praise God together in Mosquito Hollow. While these activities seem unchanging, each summer is shaped by our summer staff team and each individual camper. As we recruit each summer staff and see each camper register, our excitement about this particular summer builds.
This summer our worship will focus on a New Testament text, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. In this text, Paul demonstrates how the gospel of Christ defies expectations and turns the world upside down. “For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.” Paul is not throwing out wisdom and replacing it with foolishness, but rather reclaiming wisdom; a deeper wisdom revealed in the life and death of Jesus. It is here that we root our question and theme of the summer: “Who is Wise?” Who, really, is wise? Who embodies and models the wisdom that God has made known through the cross? And how do we discern this more profound, true wisdom, from the wisdom proclaimed by the voices vying for our attention and allegiance.
Just as Paul was writing to a diverse congregation in Corinth that found itself in the midst of heated conflict and division, so our world today is one of diversity and conflict. Camp is a place set apart, where the distractions and divisions fall away and we can experience God in new ways. We hope that in this special place we can all learn about God’s wisdom in new ways, and we hope you are part of our summer – whether you send support from afar, support campers, or are a camper yourself. Come join in as we seek to discover, “Who is Wise?”