Saturday, 18th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 17:16-34

Prayer Pointers:

To be ready for whenever someone gives you a hearing

For the spread of the Gospel in the world

ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS images of Paul is him standing on the Areopagus, or Mars Hill, addressing the Athenian philosophers who gathered to hear him. Surrounded by Epicurean and Stoic philosophers, Paul tries to present his message to people who would have no knowledge of the God of Israel or the Scriptures that gave witness to God. What to do?

Paul tries to make a point of contact, knowing that most of his audience would say that God is revealed through nature and observation. While the Bible leans toward God as being self-revealing, hidden to human wisdom, and acting out of free choice, Paul pushes his listeners to think through the implications of their theology, asking them to consider more deeply what it means to make images of a god, and what it means to be God’s offspring.

Here again, we see how the Gospel “turns the world upside down,” and many of his listeners scoff. Yet Paul’s efforts are not without fruit, as several named and unnamed persons come to faith by Paul’s proclamation. The Orthodox Church traces its origins in part to Dionysius who is remembered as the first bishop of Athens. We should never be discouraged as we share our experience of God who has brought Jesus back from the dead; there may be a Dionysius in our lives!

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

---Detail, Icon of St. Dionysius the Areopagite


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

Miss Mollie's School of Grace Preschool

  • Facebook
  • YouTube

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.