Monday, 14th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 7:44-8:1a

Prayer Pointers:

To be ready to give witness to God with your life

To be thankful for the labor of others

WE COME TO THE end of the story of Stephen’s great act of giving witness: “and Stephen fell asleep.” Stephen’s labors have ended; God has granted him rest, and we remember his work on December 26th as the feast day of his martyrdom.

Notice how the work does not end: at Stephen’s stoning Saul is present, and, even though Saul does not know God’s plans for him yet, we know that the Spirit is on the move, and the work of God, the work of God’s servants, will go on.

On this Labor Day, think about how the Spirit has moved down through the centuries and has come to you, and hallowed your life, your work. Luther says over and over that the tools, the equipment you use for work—things that have come from God’s hand, just as the skills you have to use them come from God’s hand—are intended for the good of the neighbor. Your work, your labor is connected to Stephen’s work, because we are all at work with the Holy Spirit to give witness to Jesus Christ in our lives.

May your labors this day and every day give witness.

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.