Monday, 13th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 5:12-26

Prayer Pointers:

For joy in the Holy Spirit

For someone you know who needs release from bondage

For all who are homebound during this time

THE FOCUS OF ACTS is on what the Holy Spirit can do in the lives of men and women. The several verses appointed for today are almost breathless in their movement, for we read that by God’s power:

+ signs and wonders are done among the crowds

+ healing flows forth to those in distress

+ prison doors are opened

+ the deeds of the wicked are thwarted

In all of this, God focuses and refocuses Peter and company on one task: proclaim the Word. Tell what you have seen and heard. Covey to all “the words of this Life.”

It is this last phrase—from the instructions given the prisoners by a messenger of God—that the Church today desperately needs to hear. The wisdom of Jesus is life because Jesus himself is Life. His own endless life pours out from him, whether in the literal moment where his life pours out from the cross, or from the Holy Supper that we celebrate in his name and by his promise, or by the word that he gives us that a light upon our daily path. Jesus’ word is Life, Truth and Way, because he is Life, Truth and Way, and he sets us free from every type of bondage.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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824 North Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701 | 919-682-6030  |

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.