Wednesday, 5th Week after Pentecost

Text: Romans 1:28-2:11

Prayer Pointers:

To rejoice in God’s work to save us

For glory, honor and peace with those we meet

IN THE WORDS of the verses named above, St. Paul sets out hard boundary in human existence. There is “no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy” to be found in a human being, apart from God. Having chosen to forget/ignore God, humans find themselves in a situation where they do “what ought not to be done.” Worse of all, we are mired in hypocrisy, for we condemn in others the same behaviors we indulge or excuse in ourselves.

Passages such as this one is a key reason for the stances the Lutheran Reformers took in their disputes with their opponents. Luther and his colleagues realized that the “chief article” of the Church’s doctrine was that the ungodly were made right by God for the sake of Jesus Christ, the Beloved Son, and that this righteousness came by trusting in God, not by works. God must work our salvation. God must work our freedom. Like Lazarus in the grave, we have no power to do what ought to be done, but we can hear and respond to the One who calls to us in love.

In this day and age it is all the more important to recognize that our righteousness does not come from holding the right opinions, marching among the right people, voting for the right candidates, or condemning those who are not us. We go to others in the confidence that God goes with us and even more wonderfully goes before us to be present in those we meet, that we may find glory, honor and peace with one another.

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


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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824 North Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701 | 919-682-6030  |

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.