Sunday in the Sixth Week of Easter

Prayer Pointers:

For strength in suffering

For wisdom to see true treasures

For those who work dangerous jobs

We continue our song focus on Sundays.

Martin Luther, who knew a thing or two about suffering, wrote many hymns about the steadfastness and the safety of God. God gives to his children truly good gifts, and Luther had learned through his trials that God was faithful, a source of true protection.

Here is the Engloish text for Luther’s adaptation of the ancient Church hymn “Da pacem, Domine,” (Give peace, O Lord).

In these our days so perilous, Lord, peace in mercy send us; No God but you can fight for us, No God but you defend us; You, our only God and Savior.

Felix Mendelssohn famously reset this song in his anthem Verleih’ uns Frieden.

Our times are always perilous—like towering sea waves, we can be overwhelmed—but God gives to us such gifts that we find ourselves steady on our feet.

May peace and mercy be yours today.

Easter joy ~ 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.