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Holy Saturday

Prayer Pointers:  

For the discipline of rest

For those who must work odd or long hours

Text: Genesis 2:1-3

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.


God rested from all his work…

While Sabbath-keeping has always tied Lutherans in theological knots, and the modern world abandoned the concept long ago, there is one fact that cannot be denied: rest is woven into the very fabric of creation. All living things must sleep, must rest.

One of the things that marks out Judaism—indeed, has probably done as much to ensure its continuing vitality through countless centuries and a history of loss and grief—is its faithfulness to Sabbath, to keeping the seventh day and ceasing from activity. Sabbath-keeping is one of the marks of the faithful Jew who keeps covenant.

And the Gospels were clear: Jesus of Nazareth was a faithful Jew; he kept the covenant.

And today? It is Sabbath. The Great King rests from his labors. But soon, he will rise, and call: “Awake O sleeper, from the grave, for Christ has given you light.”


~ P. Brooks

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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  | www.gracelutheranchurch.net

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.

Website designed by Addison Siemon.

Website designed by Addison Siemon.