Friday, 19th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 19:21-41

Prayer Pointers:

For faith to be both right thinking and right doing

For those who resist the message of Christ

For victims of mob action

“A RIOT IS AN UGLY THING and it’s just about time we had one!” Demetrius the silversmith isn’t quoted as saying these words, but he might as well have. By the time he and his fellow craftmen are done, the entire city of Ephesus is in an uproar—angry and seething, their energy barely contained by city officials as they gather in the amphitheater.

This event shows how idolatry undergirds every aspect of life. The cult of Artemis served as the focus of religious and cultural identity in the eastern half of the Roman Empire; the local economy depended on the worshippers and travelers who visited the city; the temple itself served as a sort of proto-bank, ensuring a stable money supply. Success in war, business, childbirth, and community was tied to her. There was simply no part of life not touched by Artemis of the Ephesians.

As Christians, our lives are undone by the work of God in Christ. We are not who we were before we encounter God, and from the moment our Lord claims us in in the waters of baptism, we have a new identity, hidden in Christ Jesus. Every aspect of our lives flows from and reflects the new life we have been given by God. We do not give over to the uproar of earthly, idolatrous living, but by our actions we bless our neighbors, seeking to aid and comfort them in life.

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.