Sunday, 4th Week after Pentecost

Text: Luke 12:32-40

Prayer Pointers:

For freedom from possessions

For eyes to see the approach of the Lord

For those who keep watch in the night

I HEARD a sermon once on this text and the preacher asked: "are you a Christian of regular habits or only when the need is upon you? It is like the difference between those who tidy the house a bit every day, and those who scramble to clean all at once because the guest is on the way."

What does it mean for us to know that the Guest is on the way? How do we live our lives in such a way that we show that we expect to meet this guest any moment, even under unusual or unexpected circumstances? As disciples, we are called to live in such a way that our lives point toward Jesus, who is on the way. I say again, Jesus is on the way. We shouldn’t be afraid of that truth. We can adopt habits that help us be ready to take action when we encounter him. We can live as if this life is not all there is.

As the African-American spiritual declares:

Keep your lamps trimmed and burning,

for the time is drawing nigh.

Children, don’t dare grow weary

for the time is drawing nigh.

Christian, the journey’s almost over,

for the time is drawing nigh.

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.