Reformation Day

Text: Isaiah 55:1-11; Acts 25:13-27

Prayer Pointers:

To give thanks for the gifts of God, including reason, justice, mercy and humility

For those who lead or rule others

IT IS A HAPPY COINCIDENCE that as we are coming to the end of Acts, we have Paul interacting with the great and noble of his day, for the Reformation would not have traveled as far as it did without the great and noble of Luther’s day speeding it along. One now unknown reformer remarked that “the noble pagan, acting on the light of reason and in pursuit of justice, serves the Lord better than the Christian who has only himself in view.” We might say the same of those who, despite the many pressures upon them to do what is expedient or self-serving, pursue justice, cultivate mercy and walk with humility (Micah 6:8). In our history, Frederick the Wise is a notable example, but his brother John the Steadfast and John’s son John Frederick also aided the cause of Reformation. As years went on, there were others who joined the cause of calling the church back to life around Christ and the Word.

As we come to All Saints Day, let us give thanks to God for those rulers and leaders who helped shepherd the Reformation and called the Church to greater love of her Lord.

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.