Saturday, 15th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 11:1-18

Prayer Pointers:

For those God is seeking

To rest and move in the righteousness of God

WHO WAS I to think that I could stand in God’s way?

One of the great issues that the ministry of Jesus raised was what it meant to be near God. God, being holy, would not draw near to things that were not clean, not, as we might say, holy. To be set aside, to be claimed by God, required certain behaviors, certain processes, certain taboos. You just didn’t waltz into the presence of the Lord!

The Gospels are remarkable most of all because they show Jesus regularly drawing near to those people who would have been considered unclean, not near God. Jesus repeatedly violates the taboos of Judaism as he interacts with the diseased, with the blind, with the demon-possessed, with women, and with Gentiles. These groups, considered to be at varying distances from God depending on circumstances, find themselves welcomed honored by this rabbi whom his followers said was God’s Anointed Son. In short, rather than sinners having to overcome the many obstacles that blocked their access to God, God came to them, gave them his own righteousness, and made them holy.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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824 North Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701 | 919-682-6030  |

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.