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Saturday, First Week of Advent

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

As a part of our Advent observances at Grace, we are making use of Concordia Publishing’s Behold the Child materials for worship. Our web devotions through Christmas will be guided by Pastor Kevin Golden’s devotional booklet written in support of the Behold the Child theme (you may purchase a downloadable copy of Pr. Golden’s book by following this link).




Prayer Pointers:

For the peace of Jerusalem

For Christ's presence in your life




Text: Psalm 122:6, Luke 13:34-35



“The Church needs peace. And it is ours because

Christ dwells with us”—Pr. Golden



IN A FAMOUS MEDIEVAL MAP, the city of Jerusalem is the “navel” of the earth—it is at the center, and all the world revolves around this place where God’s presence is found. If you wanted to find God, you went to Jerusalem.


Over the centuries, the city—whose name means something like “fount of peace,” or “foundation of wholeness/completeness” has been attacked, sacked, occupied and dismantled. Even to this day, it is the object of bitter debate. Everyone wants the source of peace—and will fight to the finish to have it!


In this Advent time, we are refocused on where and with whom our peace is found. We do not go out and “get” peace, but rather peace comes to us as a gift, as something that flows to us, that soaks into us, that works on us from outside. The gift of peace comes from the presence of Jesus, the bearer of God, and the work he does. He brings healing, salvation, fulfillment, joy, wholeness. His peace is not something over which we fight, but an abundance we share, for he has come to us and is present with us.


May you live in Advent hope ~ Pr. Dave Brooks




--Quoted materials are from Behold the Child Daily Devotions #12-4563

© 2019 Concordia Publishing House. Used with permission under license 20:12-1. www.cph.org

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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  | www.gracelutheranchurch.net

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.