Sunday, 14th Week after Pentecost

Text: Mark 5:25-34

Prayer Pointers:

To not be afraid when the Lord calls

For the sons and daughters of God

For those who have suffered long with ill health

SHE COMES TO HIM in fear yet trusting— “if only I touch something of his.” She is afraid—afraid of what she’s about to do, afraid of what she will do if it doesn’t work.

When Jesus insists on finding the person who touched him, she grows more afraid. Will he curse her, an unclean woman who touched him? Will he take back what she gained from him? Will the crowd turn on her?

And so she trembles under Jesus’ gaze.

But in that moment, something remarkable happens: Jesus calls her daughter. It is a extraordinary thing, what this Jesus does. He is in conflict with his own family (3:31-35), he has not yet even referred to God as his Father, but Mark reports that he identifies two people who come to him in faith as members of his family, persons deserving his care and protection: the paralytic in 2:5, and this woman.

I bet she walked from that day singing like no one has ever sung before or since.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,

“ I am this dark world’s light;

Look unto me, your morn shall shine

And all your day be bright.”

I looked to Jesus and I found

In him my star, my sun;

And in that light of life I’ll walk

Til my trav’ling days are done.

May your day be grace-filled ~ 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.