Sunday, After the Epiphany Jan. 10

Text: John 1:1-7

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1-2

That’s a remarkable statement. What does it mean? And later he says, “The Word became flesh and lived among us.” John 1:14

We need to note the difference between what happens when God says something and when we do. When God says, “Let there be…” what God wants to happen occurs. It’s the creative word we see in Genesis 1.

God’s Word has power. That power was revealed in Jesus, the Word made flesh. Jesus existed before the world was created and planned for each of us to become part of his eternal kingdom—we who believe in him and are baptized. Jesus is the exact image of God. Isaiah says, “The Word of the Lord stands forever.”

And yet, even though God is so powerful, he wants us to approach him through prayer. Prayer is a gift Jesus has given us, something he used constantly during his time on earth.

Pastor Andrew Murray considered prayer the basis of Christian life. He noted, “Prayer and the Word are inseparably linked together; power in the use of either depends upon the presence of the other…Prayer prepares the heart for receiving the Word from God himself, for the teaching of the Spirit to give the spiritual understanding of it, for the faith that is made partaker of its mighty working. Prayer and the Word have one common center—God. Prayer seeks God; the Word reveals God. Make God the object of your desire. Prayer and the Word will be a blessed fellowship with God, the interchange of thought and love and life, a dwelling in God and God in us. Seek God and live!”

May you grow in grace and strength through the power of the Word and prayer.

~ Joyce Rea,

Leader, Stephen Ministry


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.