Friday, First Week of Epiphany January 15

Text: Mark 2:13-22

Prayer Pointers: For those who are outcasts

To reach out to those outside our fellowship

“Those who are well have no need of a physician but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

When I first read this passage preparing for the devotion, I immediately thought of the outreach mission of our congregation. Where are we meeting sinners and people in need of the saving grace of God? Thus, I prayed for our Outreach team and pondered how I can better reach out to those around me who need to hear the Good News.

But as I considered this more, I realized that I was wrongly thinking of myself as the one that does not need to sit at the table with Jesus, as I’m already a member of a Christian congregation and saved. We are all sinners and need Jesus’ saving grace. Thus, we should approach those we view as “outcasts” not as superiors but as peers.

Thus, while we are reaching out to nonbelievers, we must also help new believers along the path of discipleship. But that is still not enough if we ignore our own walk with Christ and our own discipleship journey. We must not allow ourselves to become complacent in any of these endeavors. Thankfully, we are members of a community of believers and we can all help each other grow as Christians. What a blessing we have! Let us be thankful for this blessing and open our community to others!

~ Geoff Heintzelman

Lay Minister of Worship


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.