Friday in the Third Week of Easter

Text: Colossians 3:1-17

Prayer Pointers:

For boldness in telling your Easter story

For domestic missions

WHY do we tell a story that is now two thousand years old?

There are many, many people who would say that this is exactly the problem with Christianity. Clinging to ancient stories first told by unsophisticated, superstitious people is no way to go about life! We know better, we know more than they did, and therefore we will have nothing to do with such antiquated ideas.

The reply to such an idea is that we tell the story because it is the “family” story, and it reminds us, renews us as part of a people. Much like the stories we tell about Grandma or Uncle Hank or Sissy whenever we gather as a family—especially at celebrations and funerals—we tell these stories because they are our stories; they remind us who we are, they tell us how we should act, they unite us in the midst of shared experience.

But that is not the only, or maybe even the most important, reason to tell the story of Easter.

Paul puts it bluntly in verse 3: you have died, and your life is bound up with/hidden with/kept safe with Christ…

The story of Easter is not just about what happened to someone long ago; it is the story of what is happening to me, you, us right now. It is our story. We talk about the Christian life, but we tend to forget it is life! It is the life you and I are living right now. How should we live that life? What are its opportunities? What can this Christ-life that is mine, that is on me and in me, actually do?

So, the Easter story is your story—a unique story of how God came to you when you were at a loss, in over your head, down to your last throw, no hope at all, nowhere left to turn—in other words, dying—and gave you new life. New hope. A new way to be.

Easter is about having your life taken away from you…and then having a new, better life breathed into you. The full implications are still being worked out, but one thing is clear: nothing from that moment on can ever be the same.

Tell your story.

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.