Sunday, 11th Week after Pentecost

Text: Mark 2:23-28

Prayer Pointers:

For courage to believe

For courage to be free

For those who seek Sabbath rest

WHAT TO DO WITH A FENCE? The English author G.K. Chesterton said that when you came upon a fence, before you tear it down or otherwise violate it, you’d better determine why it was erected in the first place. Let what you learn dictate what you do.

Jesus was well aware of the wisdom that Chesterton would merrily pronounce centuries later. His goal was somewhat different, however: the people of God had forgotten the purpose of religious fences, but had determined that if one fence was good, then lots of fences were many times better.

Jesus enters into the world to show again the purpose for fences, and to do away with those that, far from honoring God, show only that the people have forgotten whose they are. Paul would echo this thought in his letter to the Galatians: For freedom Christ has set us free; so stand firm! Our freedom is found in Jesus Christ, and it is his yoke we bear. Trusting him, we find we are truly free.

How soon we forge again

The fetters of our past.

As long as Jesus lives in us

So long our freedoms last.

So on this joyful day,

from needless burdens freed—

We keep the feast he gave to us

To fit our inmost need.

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


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

Miss Mollie's School of Grace Preschool

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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.