Thursday, 14th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 8:26-40

Prayer Pointers:

For courage to share your story

THE STORY OF PHILIP BOOKENDS the two ways we come to God; we are either Simon, hoping to buy access to God, or we are the Ethiopian, who modestly asks to be guided to deeper understanding. This is discipleship: community is created, wisdom is gained, the blessing of salvation is experienced, and the process is set to repeat itself. For now, the Ethiopian, one who would have been seen as on the very edge of accessibility to God, has a story to tell of how God drew him close and claimed him. It is a story I’m sure he told excitedly to others, because he had Good News to share.

What is the story of God’s claiming of you? What difference has it made? In what ways has God’s presence in your life reframed your suffering, opened up new blessings, guided you into deeper wisdom? There are so many other stories out there, stories that tell of conflict and attempted domination, of disaster and defeat. Share your story and spread some good news.

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.