Sunday, 9th Week after Pentecost

Text: Mark 1:21-27

Prayer Pointers:

For those who need to be set free

For the eyes to recognize Jesus at work

For those who teach in our churches

WE MUST NOT LOSE SIGHT of the fact that Jesus comes to us as both Redeemer and as Teacher: he is the one who sets us free, and he is the one who teaches us how to live in Godly freedom. Notice that when Jesus releases us from what holds us captive, we do not become “free agents,” so to speak; no, we now belong to him, and he belongs to us! We stay close to him as our Lord, and he covers us with his authority, his Godly cleanness, his holy power.

Life with Jesus is both freedom and obedience. As Martin Luther famously wrote:

A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none.

A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject of all, subject to all.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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824 North Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701 | 919-682-6030  |

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.