Saturday in the Second Week of Easter

Text: John 16:16-33

Prayer Pointers:

For good cheer in times of struggle

For clarity in the Word

Our lessons during this week have shared the theme of suffering as a part of their focus. That may strike you as odd, given that these lessons are for the second week of Easter! Yet we Christians need to remember what St. Peter said in his first letter: “beloved, do not be surprised at the ordeal that comes upon you…” (1 Peter 4:12).

Easter, because it is victory, shows us that Jesus’s sufferings have ushered in God’s good purposes, and its joy is ours forever. Easter gives us freedom and strength even in affliction. Therefore, we train ourselves to not be distraught at earthly loss, nor to be overjoyed at earthly pleasures. At the end of the passage in John, Jesus warns the disciples that the time is approaching when the disciples will be scattered to the four compass points—and that moment came very soon! The call to us is the same as that long-ago call to them: you are in my love, therefore prepare, learn the ways of Christ, and do not be afraid, for your current anguish will give way to wondrous joy.

Easter joy ~ 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.