Friday, 8th Week after Pentecost

Text: Deuteronomy 32:1-7

Prayer Pointers:

For confidence in and faithfulness toward the Rock of Jacob

For ears to hear the whispered Word

For the Song of life to be in the heart

OUR NORMAL PATTERN is to look to the Old Testament lesson on Saturdays, but this portion of the Song of Moses appointed for today is too rich to pass by. The full song, from when Moses looks into Canaan and dies, is a frank text on both the character of God and of his people, but I wish to focus on two related items: the faithfulness of God and the need for one generation to pass on knowledge to the next.

This moment is the first time that God is referred to as Rock. We have been reading Jesus’ pronouncement regarding the Temple, and here is another reminder: we have no solid foundation except God himself. All other things in life find their true fit on the one foundation, God himself. No philosophy or theology; no religious practice; no political theory; no social program will endure apart from being grounded in the Word of God, who is the one true and sure foundation.

Related to this pronouncement is the call to look to the wisdom of old to ground our lives. Moses’ tells us to “ask your father,” but this is no passing the buck moment; this is a plea that we might ground ourselves in something deeper, richer, more enduring than our own momentary and fleeting wishes and desires. We are a culture that craves authenticity. If you want authenticity, go to the source, go to the wellspring, go to the deep wisdom that swallows up the fashionable theorizing of our day.

At the end of his life, Moses tells us simply—if you wish to know how to live, then anchor yourself to the Rock and pay attention to those who have gone before you. Learn from their wisdom, learn from their errors, but pay attention!

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.