Monday in the Sixth Week of Easter

Prayer Pointers:

For friends far away, and the neighborhoods they inhabit

For wisdom and understanding

Today’s text: Colossians 1:9-14

In his Treatise on Good Works, Luther wrote the following:

"[And we are] a House of Prayer, because in it we are a congregation with one accord to consider our need but also the needs of all, present them before God, and call upon him for mercy…[for our coming together] shows that we should make common prayer and petition for the whole community…"

Between Paul and Luther, we have two related points of guidance: the first is that we are privileged to pray for others and should encourage God to give to others what will best bless them. Our prayers should be taken up as much with the needs of others as with ourselves.

The second point shows the need for our common gathering, as together we are both the Body of Christ and we are the whole community, for all of the neighborhoods we touch become present in our assembly. The gathered People of God are a brake on our self-regard and encourage us to hold our neighbor dear as we seek God’s work in life. Our common gathering is not for our sake only, but for the sake of the world.

Both of these points are the more poignant in this current time, when prayer is so needed, and the community is disbanded. But do not cease from praying, as you are part of the Church, and do not cease from being gathered when the community is restored. The Church is for the sake of the world—and none of us are apart from the common hopes and fears of the world.

Easter joy ~ Pr. 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.