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Sunday, Third Week of Advent




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:

In thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness

In hope for replenishment and restoration




Text: Psalm 72:6



When the grass has been mown...the falling rain promises more fruit to be grown. –Pr. Golden

FOR ALL THE WORDS THAT have been written about life with God, Paul’s triad of faith, hope and love summarize as best as any what the Christian life is about:


+Faith: the believer can trust God to bless, and interact with the world in the present on the basis of that blessing

+Hope: the believer can move into the future confident in God’s care

+Love: the believer discovers the powerful joy of loving God simply because he’s God and being loved in return.


The Lord has acted, is acting and will act to bring his good purposes to completion. We are a part of God’s good purposes. Even when we have “reaped” the gifts of God, those gifts do not fail, but are ever green, ever new, ever dawning.


When morning gilds the skies, my heart awakening cries:

May Jesus Christ be praised!

When evening shadows fall, this rings my curfew call:

May Jesus Christ be praised!



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. www.cph.org

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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.