Saturday, 22nd week of Pentecost

Text: Acts 28:17-31

Prayer Pointers:

For grace to endure for the sake of Christ

To remember that we hold all things as stewards

For joy on this earthly pilgrimage

For a life that gives witness

AS WE COME TO THE END of our journey with the Apostles, we finish on the porch of a borrowed house. Paul lived in Rome for two years, a prisoner of Caesar Nero who would have him executed sometime between the years 64 and 67.

To remember that we live with things borrowed from or loaned by God is a useful lesson. We are travelers, pilgrims, walking through this world on our way to our true home. We would do best to travel light—to not carry much in the way of burdens. That could mean not holding onto many material things, which are borrowed and will go to others soon enough; but it also means not holding onto or lugging spiritual burdens—to not carry with us hate, or bitterness, nor fear or indifference. Out there, in the world, there are still those who need to hear good news, who need to know that if they chanced to lift their heads from their daily attention that they would see the God who loves them and wishes to bless them. Out there, in the world, are men and women searching, yet afraid to search for they dread finding nothing; men and women giving themselves to gods that do not save; men and women wondering what purpose their lives really have.

They might welcome an invitation to sit on the porch.

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.