Sunday, Second Week of Advent

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

Due to a technical glitch, Pr. Brook's devotion for Sunday did not post at the correct time. We regret the confusion.

As a part of our Advent observances at Grace, we are making use of Concordia Publishing’s Behold the Child materials for worship. Our web devotions through Christmas will be guided by Pastor Kevin Golden’s devotional booklet written in support of the Behold the Child theme (you may purchase a downloadable copy of Pr. Golden’s book by following this link).

Prayer Pointers:

To live with a heart for Christ

For the Spirit to guide you for the sake of others

Text: Psalm 122:8, Luke 22:32

Christ lived, died and rose not for His own sake

but for the sake of all others. –Pr. Golden

TODAY IS THE FEAST of St. Nicholas, a Bishop of the early Church who was a fierce defender of the true faith, and an advocate for the poor. His reputation for generosity has come down to us in the form of Santa Claus, the legendary bringer of gifts.

We must keep in mind that we would not remember Nicholas if not for Christ. Even our secular Santa does his work on December 25, that day when we remember God’s great gift of his Son to us. We turn to one another in faith, hope and love because God in Christ was turning to us, drawing near to us, bestowing grace on us. Let us be strengthened in Christ and turn to one another, seeking new paths to care for one another in these days.

Blest be the tie that binds

our hearts in Christian love;

the fellowship of kindred minds

is like to that above.

May you live in Advent hope ~ Pr. Dave Brooks

--Quoted materials are from Behold the Child Daily Devotions #12-4563

© 2019 Concordia Publishing House. Used with permission under license 20:12-1.


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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.