Friday, 22nd week of Pentecost

Updated: Nov 7, 2020

Text: Acts 28:1-16

Prayer Pointers:

For the victims of crime

For criminals

For all who need good news

For your own heart

RESCUED FROM THE SEA, Paul is attached by a snake emerging from gathered brush. The locals, come to help, are clear about what this means: justice is being done. Responding to what has been written on their hearts by the natural law (Romans 2:14-15), they interpret what has happened on the basis of that yearning for justice that every human has. This becomes a chance for Paul to give witness to the God who is just and yet who pours out his just wrath on himself, who experiences the estrangement of the criminal. We might see this event as further disaster; in God’s hands, it becomes a moment of witness and grace.

In our own day, we must be on guard against the work of that old snake whose wish is to sow dissension and discord, who desires to raise doubt and fear, who breaks faith and community. Pay him no mind! Toss him to the fire! Let us trust God, upon whose will every government rests, and see the days ahead as a chance to give witness to our God, who governs all things wonderfully. The best thing we can do right now is live with confidence and joy because opportunities for witness and grace are about to come to light.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.