Sunday, 6th Week after Pentecost

Text: Luke 12:49-56

Prayer Pointers:

For peace in the Lord

For peace between peoples

For peacemakers

A BAND I ENJOYED AS a younger man sang a particular song about how to live life well, and one of the lyrics had this pithy phrase: “better to have a hole in your pocket, than a crack in your soul.” This is what Jesus does: he reveals our divided loyalties, our two-faced attitudes, our limping along on warring opinions—the crack down the middle of our souls.

To begin to follow him is to find healing for that divide down deep in each of us. Jesus warn that means that division and cracks may arise in our relationships with others, and we should not be surprised. We come as peacemakers, but our peace should never be at the expense of our relationship with our Lord, who makes peace within ourselves and with others possible:

Peace in our hearts, our troubled thoughts assuaging,

Peace in your Church, where kindred souls are raging,

Peace, when the world, its endless wars are raging—

Let the peace of your heaven reign.

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.