Sunday, 21st week after Pentecost

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

Text: Matthew 14:1-12

Prayer Pointers:

For the wisdom of the Holy Spirit

To be grounded in God's Word

To walk through life well and not fall prey to foolishness

For those whose companions lead them astray

HEROD FELL INTO FOLLY because he was the example of Paul’s “unspiritual man” (1 Cor 2:14). Already living in sin, he did not perceive the working of God in his own life and so succumbed to his own pride and the peer pressure he experienced. John the Baptist lost his head because Herod lost his long ago.

We should be on guard against thinking that God is far away, or that the daily events of life are not means by which God might address us, shape us, or use us for blessing others. Don’t lose your head, but let God instruct you to live well!

O Holy Spirit, enter in

and in our hearts your work begin.

Please make our hearts your dwelling.

Sun of the soul, O Light divine,

around and in us brightly shine,

Your strength in us upwelling.

In your radiance Life from heaven

now is given, overflowing,

gift of gifts beyond all knowing.

Left to ourselves, we surely stray;

oh, lead us on the narrow way,

with wisest counsel guide us.

And give us steadfastness, that we

may follow you forever free,

no matter who derides us!

Gently heal those hearts now broken;

give some token you are near us,

Whom we trust to light and cheer us.

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.