Friday, 14th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 9:1-9

Prayer Pointers:

That God would bring you into what He is doing

To stir in you a holy discontent with your ways

For all those who have died from terrorists’ plans

AND FROM STAGE RIGHT, Saul bursts into view, chewing the scenery and breathing fire. Almost we expect from him a Shakespearean soliloquy, a summary of his deeds, motivations and goals. Armed with warrants from the High Priest in Jerusalem, he arrives in Damascus ready to dispense righteous wrath.

And there is an intervention of, well, Biblical proportions.

Paul himself spends much time in his letters telling his readers how God moved him to a completely different way of being—the only way to describe it is as a death, and then something new, something different, a whole other life. To use a now hackneyed word, what happens to Paul is something radical—a profound upending of the foundations of the man’s life. Finally grasping Paul’s meaning, Luther realized that salvation was not simply something “added on” to the normal trajectory of a human life, but the interruption of that life, a redirecting of the path so that the person who departed from an encounter with God was no longer the person who entered into that encounter. Saul was heading in one direction, with specific plans in Damascus; God had other plans, and Paul went to all the known world telling the story, a soliloquy now about God’s deeds, motivations and goals.

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

-Detail, Saul on the Road to Damascus by Jenô Remsey


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.