Holy Cross Day

Text: John 12:20-33

Prayer Pointers:

To ponder the mystery of the Cross

To hold fast to God’s forgiveness

To lift up Christ in your own life

TODAY IS HOLY CROSS DAY, and while the devotion is short, the topic is very important, for the Cross of Jesus Christ is at the very heart of Lutheran theology.

A Swedish Lutheran scholar of some one hundred years ago wrote that other Christian communities may have several points of importance and so may, even if one or more of those points fall away, still be able to produce “serviceable Christians.” By contrast, there is only one central point in Lutheranism: the forgiveness of sins. Lutheran theology, full of sloganeering such as the phrase “justification by faith through grace,” finally rests on one fact: that the man Jesus was lifted up and in his death God was reconciling all creation to himself. In him is found forgiveness; all other things are secondary. He finishes by anticipating Bonhoeffer’s “cheap grace” by writing: “there is nothing worse than slack Lutheranism, which holds that God lets us off easy, on the cheap. But to go down into that deep shadow, to see the extraordinary cost to God, drives all to their knees.”

To be called to life with Jesus Christ is to return again and again to the truth that I, you, we have been freely forgiven, provided a new start, for no other reason than God loves us.

May your day be grace-filled ~ 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.