Day of the Visitation

Text: John 3:25-30

Prayer Pointers:

For the joy of God’s exaltation of Mary

For the Spirit to aid us to accept God’s will

For those in turmoil, loss and grief

For our elected leaders

Since yesterday (May 31) was the Day of Pentecost, we did not observe another important day in the Church’s calendar: The Visitation. This day is meant to remember how, after an angel of God told Mary she would bear the Christ, she went to the hill country to her cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth was beyond the years of childbearing, yet, the angel said, she was with child.

The two women greet each other with joy, and in that meeting, Mary sings what is now one of the great treasures of the Church:

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord!

My spirit rejoices in God, my savior,

for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day, all generations will call me blessed.

The Almighty has done great things for me

and holy is his name!

He has mercy on those who fear him

in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm;

He has scattered the proud in their arrogance.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones

and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things

and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel,

for he has remembered his promise of mercy.

The promise he made to our fathers,

To Abraham and his children forever.

Luther, who treasured Mary in his heart to the end of his days, in writing about the Magnificat said:

We poor fools! If we come into a little wealth or might or honor, a bit of knowledge or wisdom, or even if we are made a bit prettier than others, we cannot abide being made equal to any, but we puff up beyond all measure… But Mary’s heart remains the same at all times; she lets God have his will with her and draws from it good comfort, joy and trust in God, rejoicing in the blessings others possess, as well as her own. Yes, she is full of grace.

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


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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.

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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.