Monday, 12th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 2:37-47

Prayer Pointers:

To not see with eyes of prejudice, but see rightly

To see repentance as a new way of living

For those to whom you promised to pray

IT IS IMPORTANT to remember that the crowds that were “cut to the heart” were all present for the Pentecost festival, a harvest-time event that celebrated the giving of the Law at Sinai by Moses. In other words, those who heard Peter were devout Jews. Yet this gathering is also from every part of the Roman Empire, all of them with local customs, languages and culture. To use our modern word, the congregation gathered that day was a multicultural one.

So notice how this story plays out. As we read earlier, some in the crowd had jeered at the disciples, snickering that they were drunk. They were familiar from their homes in places far from Jerusalem with the spirit-ecstasy rites among their pagan neighbors and saw in this moment a parallel with what they knew from home. However, Peter makes only the most passing effort to defend his companions; instead, he immediately moves to discuss what God has done. God has vindicated the Jesus who was crucified, and Peter and the disciples’ role is to bear witness to God’s work. The call to repentance is a call to “get on the side of God,” who is on the move. Repentance is less about sorrow, and more about walking a new way, alongside the Risen Christ.

Let us remember Peter’s Spirit-guided wisdom in our own encounters with others in the world. Our wonderful multicultural world is not a problem, but a blessing. We have no need to defend ourselves, for we proclaim not ourselves, but Christ and him crucified! Tell others what he has done, what you have witnessed—and to God be the glory.

May your day be grace-filled ~ 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.