Monday in the Seventh Week of Easter

Text: Matthew 8:5-17

Prayer Pointers:

For those under your authority

For those who exercise authority over you

For those who rest from their labors to their country

For the sick and infirm

A clear problem in our current age is our relationship to authority. We have had so many conversations about authority that our jaws are tired! In our individualistic age we experience the problem that one of my professors outlined succinctly:

+we should be free to act as we want

+someone should be in position to ensure/enforce this freedom.

Our current situation highlights our dilemma, but I do not think that we will be well served by simply railing at those who are seemingly exercising authority too readily, or those who are seemingly exercising freedom too readily. We must begin by recognizing that the problem runs through the center, the heart of each of us, and the only answer to the problem is to turn around, to begin to live differently. Notice I did not say repent, as if feeling sorry is any antidote to “authoritarianism” or “lawlessness.”

The example of the centurion (a soldier on this Memorial Day!) is instructive here. What do you notice about him? He is humble, recognizing that there are opportunities with his authority but that his authority has limits. He does not command Jesus; he asks, suggesting he is prepared to be told no. Moreover, he uses his authority not for himself but on behalf of another, the servant that he esteems. In all of this, he is the embodiment of Peter’s urging in 1 Peter 2:13-17.

It is in Christ that our dilemma is resolved, for in him we are free indeed, and in him we serve others in love. Luther famously declared that the Christian is at one and the same time a “perfectly free lord, subject to no one,” and “a perfectly dutiful servant, subject to all.” Let us love the Lord, love one another and love our neighbors, and trust Christ for the results.

Easter joy ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


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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.