Sunday in the Third Week of Easter

Text: John 20:11-18

Prayer Pointers:

For Easter hope

For those who seek meaning in life

For those employed in grief and funeral work

There are two striking things about this story from that Easter Sunday long ago:

1) Mary will not be deterred; although the disciples have left the tomb, puzzled, Mary remains, still seeking the one she believes she’s lost. She is persistent, and therefore is blessed as the one who first sees the Lord Jesus alive and glorious;

2) She does not recognize Jesus until he calls her by name. When he first addresses her as “woman,” she mistakes him for another; when she is recognized and named, then she sees her Lord, recognizes his face.

Both of these are echoes of the events in the long-ago garden when the man and the woman hid from the face of God and God came seeking. In that garden, things were upended; in this garden, with its empty tomb, things are made right.

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.