Sunday in the Fourth Week of Easter

Text: Mark 6:30-34

“And Jesus said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a lonely place..”

Mark often shows Jesus retreating from engagement with the world, retreating toward engagement with the Father who loves him so. Retreats were the classic moment for Jesus to be in prayer, and one could easily imagine Jesus teaching about prayer as his spends time with his disciples alone and apart.

Out of all the things that challenges the modern believer in his or her walk with God, none is so daunting as prayer. Our world teaches us that at best God does not particularly intervene in human affairs. Our world has become “flat;” it does not touch any divine realm, leave no room for divine intervention. So, prayer, with its assumption that there is Someone out there who will hear and take action, is an especially fraught notion.

But maybe the problem is not quite as we think. We want to use prayer as a tool, as one skill of many to manipulate and change our world as we see fit; but prayer is not that at all. It is the conversation of lovers, the close dialog of a parent and a child, the easy back-and-forth of two good friends. It is reverence, and yet cheerfulness.

It is engagement with the Father who loves you so.

Easter joy ~ 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.