Thursday, 11th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 1:15-26

Prayer Pointers:

For trust in the Spirit who searches all things

To be able to say yes when called

For the leaders in our parish

DO YOU REMEMBER MATTHIAS? Perhaps not. Little is known about him; the Church’s remembrance of him is that he went north from Jerusalem into the Cappadocian region in what is now central Turkey and shared the faith with Greek speaking residents there. Then he went to the shores of the Caspian Sea, near Russia, where he was martyred. There is no mention of him in the New Testament other than this story.

But does it matter, that the story of Matthias is only (by our lights) a small entry in the “giant encyclopedia” of the Church? Absolutely not! Matthias had been a part of the mission of Jesus, and when the Spirit of God called to him, he was ready. The life of the Church is sustained by the lives and the works of millions like Matthias, people who are maybe a name in a book, maybe a faded photograph, maybe a memory in a small parish or a family, but their lives have been caught up in God’s great work to bring all creation back into relationship with him.

Remember, nothing done in the name of Jesus and with his call is ever wasted. It will bear fruit!

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


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  |

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.