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Sunday, Week of First Advent

Text: Matthew 25:1-13


Prayer Pointers:

For eyes to see and ears to hear the signs of the Lord’s approach

To not be weary or slumber






AS WE TURN TO ADVENT, with its promise of the approaching Redeemer, we are faced with a dilemma: all around us is dark, and it is not always easy to see the evidence of the Lord’s work among us. Do not grow weary! So many in our world experience suffering, whether their own or another’s, and take it as the sign that no one is coming, no one will redeem the time. Let our struggle turn us closer to God, and trust that his light will burn away all the darkness we experience.


Keep your lamps trimmed and burning,

keep your lamps trimmed and burning,

keep your lamps trimmed and burning,

for the time is drawing nigh.


Darker midnight lies before us,

darker midnight lies before us,

darker midnight lies before us,

for the time is drawing nigh.


Lo, the morning soon is breaking,

lo, the morning soon is breaking,

lo, the morning soon is breaking,

for the time is drawing nigh


Children, don't grow weary,

children, don't grow weary,

children, don't grow weary,

for the time is drawing nigh.


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.