Friday, 4th Week after Pentecost

Text: Psalm 141

Prayer Pointers:

For deeper awareness of your heart

For words that build up

For the Church at prayer

PSALM 141 may be familiar to you as one of the core Psalms of Evening Prayer or Vespers. It is a natural fit to that service, as it speaks of worshipping God at setting of sun/evening.

This psalm brings two things to mind:

First, David, deathly afraid of Saul, nonetheless asked the Lord to keep watch over his heart and his mouth that there would be no evil harbored within and no evil to emerge. We as Christians should be mindful in the ways in which the heart is deceitful and the tongue a spark that can light a conflagration. Let us not be deceived! Our hearts are meant for God, and if we give them to things other than God we will struggle; our tongues, though a small part of the body, can cause great damage (cf James 3). Let us ask God regularly to guard our hearts and mouths so that we do not devise or speak ill of others but be guided by the Spirit of love and cover one another with our own righteousness.

Second, prayer and worship of God is not just a Sunday morning activity; we should pray regularly and be mindful of how God touches life throughout the day. In the eighth chapter of the Didache (“The Teaching”), a church catechism dating from around 100 A.D., believers are urged to stop and pray three times throughout the day, at least saying the Lord’s Prayer. Vespers began as a prayer of thanksgiving when the evening light was brought into the home—and remember, most homes, if lit after dark at all, were lit only by a fire or a single lamp/candle, and yet our ancestors in the faith sang praise to God for the light that held darkness at bay. We have echoed that ancient practice with our own song on Wednesday evenings: Light of undying glory, shine; warming our hearts with love divine. Come from the gracious Father’s side, bathe us in joy this eventide.

Let us bathe life in prayer, trust God to guard our hearts and minds, and give thanks for the undying light that shines!

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


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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.