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Monday, 20th week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 20:17-38


Prayer Pointers:

To recognize the work of the Spirit in your life

For those facing the pains of farewells and goodbyes

For those dying apart from family











PAUL IS GOING TO JERUSALEM. He has been collecting monetary gifts from the churches around the Aegean Sea for the Jerusalem church, and wishes to go with his companions before the season changes and sea travel is too treacherous (mid-November).

The deeper reason why Paul is going to Jerusalem is to give witness to the Lord Jesus Christ—with his very life. Acts will tell how this, Paul’s last journey, will show forth Christ in the very capital of the Empire. Even as his friends and companions warn him, Paul’s resolve grows.

In our day, when so much of our religious observances are a type of hobby, a set of lifestyle choices that can be adopted or discarded as they serve our needs, Paul’s single-minded determination can appear odd, even off-putting. But Paul is clear about his life: once he was estranged from God, but Christ set him free, and became his Lord. The obligation that Paul senses is the obligation of love; he will not turn away from the path that Jesus has set for him, even as its dangers grow. It is love that keeps Paul on the path, his feet moving, his face set toward Jerusalem….


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


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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.

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