Monday in the Fifth Week of Easter

Today’s text: Matthew 6:1-6

Prayer Pointers:

For growth in spiritual discipline

For those in the theater and similar arts

“Do not be like the hypocrites…”

Long before it got its negative connotations, the word hypocrite was more of a technical term used in Greek theater. In the ancient world, actors would stride the stage wearing elaborate masks designed to 1) signal to the audience who the actor was portraying and give a sign by its design whether the character was happy, sad, or such; and 2) amplify the actors’ voices like a megaphone so that they might be more easily heard in open-air amphitheaters.

So, Jesus is teaching his disciples not to put on masks, not to play act, and not to trumpet what they are about. Most of all, he is teaching that people out in the world are not the audience! It is God—who sees in secret—who is the true viewer, and he watches us as we stride across life’s stage. No mask will hide the disciple’s true intent from God, and no action by the disciple can leave others standing by as passive observers. Ministry always involves both the doer and the recipient, or as Luther might put it, the minister and the neighbor. We act for the good of the neighbor, whether it is prayer, the giving of alms, fasting or any other spiritual discipline. Even when we seek for ourselves, it is not for ourselves alone—it is always that blessing may flow to others.

Easter Joy ~ 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.