Monday, 16th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 11:19-30

Prayer Pointers:

To remember that you are a citizen of the Heavenly Kingdom

To remember that there is no nation to whom the Word cannot go

AS WE CONTINUE in Acts, we see how the ripples from the martyrdom of Stephen and the movement of the Holy Spirit to include the Gentiles begins to affect the larger world. Some Greek-speaking Jews of Cyrene and Cyprus begin to share Good News with Greeks they meet in Antioch, and, we learn “the hand of the Lord was with them.” It is in Antioch that the People of the Way are first known as Christians.

Here we have the demonstration of how, under the guidance of the Spirit, men and women of all nationalities have a chance to first seek the Kingdom of God and its righteousness, and, under God’s gentle rule, “have all things added to them.” Christians are a part of all sorts of lands ruled by monarchs, dictatorships and elected leaders in various democratic structures. They are guided by a variety of cultural and social patterns. They speak a vast range of languages. None of these things must be lost when a man or woman becomes a Christian, although many previous habits and loyalties will be dropped as we learn the “more excellent way” of Jesus Christ. Christians continue to be and grown as loyal citizens, devoted family members, trustworthy friends, and open-hearted neighbors. Yet they find themselves a part of a larger family, a larger nation, a larger neighborhood where nationalities and tribal identities become what is richly added from the recognition that the Hebrew, the Cypriot, the Libyan, the Egyptian, the Syrian, the Ethiopian and all peoples down through the ages belong to Christ.

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.