Sunday, Fifth Week of Lent March 21, 2021

Prayer pointers:

To be found on the side of God

To remember the surpassing treasure of Christ

To be patient in suffering

Today’s text: Mark 8:31-9:1

WE MUST ADMIT IT: our whole world is built on saving our lives. We satisfy our appetites, we distrust our neighbors, we see our common life as an obstacle to our self-fulfillment. Far from attending to the things of God, our attention is given entirely over to ourselves.

But Christ still calls to us, invites us to learn his ways. Even to be rebuked, as was Peter, is a sign of care, for discipline is given only by the one who loves you and sees your potential. Do not be afraid of Christ’s gentle correction!

Be gracious, and my faith renew;

Help me bear my cross.

Learning humbleness from you

Peace mid pain and loss.

May I give you love for love!

Hear me, O my Savior,

That I may in heav’n above

Sing your praise forever.

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


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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.