Sunday, 18th Week after Pentecost

Text: Matthew 5:21-26

Prayer Pointers:

For confidence in God’s forgiveness

For joy in forgiving others

For courage in asking others’ forgiveness

I READ THE OTHER DAY that the “center” for Lutheran theology is the forgiveness of sins that God offers to men and women. Other church traditions may have additional points or nodes to which they can fall back if one particular teaching proves slack; Lutheranism, which has from the beginning declared that justification is the point on which the Church stands or falls, has no such “fall-back” positions. Either we will live as a forgiven people, a people to whom God has drawn near, or we will not.

For instance, all our talk about forgiveness of sins makes it easy to forget who really needs our forgiveness. We focus our efforts on the relationship with God, overlooking that the balm of forgiveness needs to flow freely among members of a parish, between members of a family, around a neighborhood. The next time you stand before the altar, remembering your sins and thanking God for his mercy, consider that it is the person standing next to you who may need your mercy—and act as one forgiven, as one to whom God has delightedly drawn near.

“Forgive our sins, as we forgive,”

you taught us, Lord to pray;

But you alone can grant us grace

to live the words we say.

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.