Friday, 12th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 4:13-31

Prayer Pointers:

For voice to praise God in every circumstance

For the joy to be together as God’s People

For those who feel they have no hope

IN TALKING ABOUT THE CHURCH and Christians, Karl Barth made the following observation:

… as the [worshipper sits], the congregation sings ancient songs full of weighty and weird memories, struggles, and triumphs of those long departed, all leading to the edge of an immeasurable event, all whether the pastor and people understand what they are singing or not, full of reminiscences of God, always of God. “God is present!” GOD IS PRESENT. The whole situation witnesses, cries, simply shouts it, even when in pastor or people there arise questioning, wretchedness or despair. Then perhaps God’s presence is witnessed to best of all—better than when the real problem is obscured or concealed by abundant human success.

The passage today from Acts illustrates Barth’s point beautifully. What power do Peter or John have? The weight of authority is against them. Sheer numbers are against them. Power, influence, celebrity—all of these are against them. The members of the Sanhedrin cannot wrap their heads around it: these uneducated, common men—who do they think they are? Yet in the end they do nothing, because there is nothing they can really do.

And what do Peter and John do? They run to the Church, they run to their fellow believers, not to tell a story that says “hoo-whee, did we make those stuffed shirts look foolish! We stuck it to them!” No, they gather in joy and pray “thank you, God. Thank you for what you do. Thank you for making all things work to your glory, and for the salvation of your beloved people.” They rejoice in God and are blessed because of it.

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.