Thursday, 8th Week after Pentecost

Text: Matthew 24:1-14

Prayer Pointers:

For the blessing of life in community

For joy in the midst of persecution

For peace among friends

THE TEMPLE THE DISCIPLES are discussing was the second Temple, the first having been pulled down by the Babylonians some 600 years earlier. This is Version 2.0, built on the foundation of the original, begun by the returning Exiles in 516 BC and only completed by Herod a few short years before this conversation. By the 70’s AD, the Romans would pull this Temple down even more efficiently than the Babylonians did the first time around. The disciples are dismayed at the idea that the Temple was in danger, but we might shrug and say, “don’t you know your history?”

We might ask ourselves that same question. One of the most important truths about Jesus Christ is that he is the key to our relationship with God, and through his work we are built into a temple suitable for God. We still have the ancient idea that sacred space is the way to connect to God; but as Peter declares, God has made us the “living stones” that are being on the foundation of Jesus into a Temple suitable for God’s Spirit to dwell. How has God worked in your life, shaping you? Where has the Spirit of God blessed you? What challenges and dangers have your faced and seen God’s hand upon you? The stories we have are reminders to each of us and strength to our brothers and sisters when things get hard and the road gets difficult.

The things that surround us—brick and mortar—are not our history. The people that surround us, and the God who claims us as his own are our history, and we should know that story well.

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


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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.