Knowing names, remembering names, and calling people by their name is something St. George's -and all of the camps at Shrine Mont - stress over and over. St. George's works the simple but essential practice back into the central message of building the Body of Christ. So it's only appropriate that there would be an introduction of every camper, counselor, and director at every Closing Eucharist.
The SHouting Prayer
Churchill Gibson (IV) leads four campers in The Shouting Prayer. Churchill is the grandson of Churchill Gibson Jr., author of the prayer.
No Eucharist is complete without song, and no Closing Eucharist is complete without an extraordinary number of guitars - plus some ukuleles and accordions too, if they're handy. St. George's has a rich history of song: marching in to "Oh When the Saints," circling up around the Shrine to "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," and dismissing to "Oh Happy Day." But the rich tradition is propelled to holy heights by the additions of songs that are unique or especially loved by that session. At the end of Session II, to close out David Drebes' sermon, the entire camp sang "Home" by Phillip Phillips, a clear expression of the strong bond they'd built as the Body of Christ.
By Ed Keithly
Photo credit: Ashley Cameron. To thank Ashley for all of her quality pictures, her name is a shameless link to her wonderful blog about her work with the Episcopal Young Adult Service Corps.
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