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Sunday, Second Week of Lent February 28, 2021


Prayer Pointers:

To remain connected to the True Vine

To not be afraid as God prunes and shapes your life




Today’s text: John 15:1-11


THERE IS AN OLD JEWISH tradition that declares that the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden was a grapevine. We may scoff at the idea that a vine could be mistaken as a tree, but other ancient sources regularly describe unpruned grapevines with their large, sinewy trunks as trees, and certain pagan temples were built partly on columns made from harvested grapevine trunks of astonishing size.


What is worthy of thought is the idea that the Tree that overcame Adam and Eve—a vine whose fruit “opened” their eyes —is now the Tree by which Christ overcomes the sin of Adam, and opens our eyes to the power of God's love.


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

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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  | www.gracelutheranchurch.net

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.