Friday in the Second Week of Easter

Text: John 16:1-15

Prayer Pointers:

For growth during suffering

For those who must make hard decisions

For those in sorrow

Suffering, never an easy topic, is a terribly hard one in our current world. We do not understand suffering in a world that promises perpetual triumph and pleasure; we especially do not understand suffering we did not choose. We can suffer for a moment, a time in pursuit of our own projects, but we are hard pressed to see the value, the potential in suffering that comes to us from outside.

I have in mind a comment by a lecturer I once heard, who said:

“Perhaps it is too much to ask any of us to always cherish what the Lord is doing in our lives; but I don’t think that it is too much for us to pray that we not waste what the Lord is doing in our lives. If the Lord is trustworthy (and he is), then it is as Paul says ‘in all things God works for the good of those who love him and have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).’ So maybe that means that we do nothing more than lay aside the self-pity, or the resentment, or whatever other dark thought might arise, and trust that, in Jesus’ name, even this isn’t a waste.”

Nothing done in Jesus’ name is ever wasted.

Easter joy ~ 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.