Friday In the First Week of Easter

Text: I Corinthians 15:51-58

Prayer Pointers: For those who are rejoicing

For those who seek a victory

For those who are seeking the announcement of God

We come to the end of our reading of Paul in Corinthians for this week, and he ends with a note of triumph. He invokes a sounding trumpet, a horn of good tidings. At one time, announcements came to a people with a trumpet sound; the best we have today are the beeping sounds that come on our phones when there’s a weather alert.

Paul uses two images to explain this trumpet. One is of an exchange: “the perishable…must put on the imperishable…” Resurrection life is a gift. It is not something that we go out and get, or have within our own natures, but rather it is something outside of ourselves, something that must be bestowed. Like those who win the Publisher’s Sweepstakes, there is the sound of celebration as one life is traded for another. The other image is of conquest, where an enemy has been routed. “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” Resurrection life is joyous triumph; like those on the home front, we celebrate the results of the hard work another has done on our behalf, and so we say


Easter joy ~ 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.