Sunday, Fourth Week of Advent

Updated: Dec 20, 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:

To be honest about how you are held captive

To rejoice in God coming to you

Text: Psalm 146:8

The humble…trust not in themselves. –Pr. Golden

WE ARE BEGGARS; this is true. Found on a scrap of paper in Luther’s hand as he died, they are a fitting epitaph for the man. Martin started a movement because he was convinced by the testimony of Scripture that the only way to God was to admit that there was no way to God! God could not be commanded, cajoled, corralled, or coerced—he is utterly free, and will be who he will be. We have nothing, we can do nothing, for we are beggars, all of us.

So God comes to us, in love and grace, in power and might, in judgment and mercy. He gives to us what we could never get on our own. He makes of us what we could never be. He frees us from what holds us captive, unlocks the door of our prison. He makes us what we were always meant to be.

O come, Thou Key of David come,

And open wide our heavenly home;

Make safe the way that leads on high,

And close the path to misery.

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

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.


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.