Monday, Fifth Week of Epiphany February 8, 2021

Prayer Pointers:

For humbleness before others

For children

For Christians in other church communities

Today’s text: Mark 9:30-41

AS THEY JOURNEYED, Jesus takes time to instruct his disciples about the true nature of the “path” they are walking. It is a path that runs against the grain of everything that the world believes is true; that might makes right; that it is better to be served than to serve; that nobility and worth come from being rightly born; that the faults of others deserve our contempt rather than our mercy.

The child that Jesus welcomes as an illustration of his point has no power, is at the mercy of all demands, has no wisdom or knowledge, and depends on others for care and comfort. To be considered, called or treated as a child is an insult.

Yet in that kingdom where Jesus rules, children are the bearers of a hidden grace, a holy encounter. You wish to meet Jesus? Go where he has promised to be, get down on your knees and then look carefully from your new vantage point. The kids have something to show you.

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.