Friday, 13th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 7:17-29

Prayer Pointers:

To give God thanks for those who live in quiet virtue

For God to be at work in the world around you

AS THE MINUTES GO BY and the Sanhedrin listens to Stephen’s recitation of the history of God at work among his people, I hope you will notice the unnamed people who, by doing what they should, kept the infant Moses alive and brought him to adulthood. One is named—sort of: the daughter of Pharaoh, and while historians speculate and debate the name of this daughter of Egypt, the truth is that we do not really know her either.

In this time when so many are filled and consumed with changing the world, remember, as Stephen tells the story, that God used the daily work of people to bring about deliverance. It is in daily life, in the daily decisions that we make, that the world is changed. How we treat others, whether we deal justly or unjustly, whether we live with wisdom or with foolishness are the true means by which the world around us is leavened. The stories of our ancestors in the faith are in the end stories of where God comes and the minute passes, and Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Elijah, Mary and Elizabeth, Peter, Paul and Stephen begin living a new life.

How does the world turn? One minute at a time, one decision at a time.

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.