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Thursday, Fourth Week of Epiphany February 4, 2021


Prayer Pointers:

For joy in the Christ of God

For courage in the midst of struggle and suffering



Today’s text: Mark 8:27-9:1




THEOLOGIAN EDMUND STEIMLE noted that the life of a Christian is somewhat like the encounter of crisp, cold air with hot humid air: all along the boundary there is thunder, lightning, massive storms.


In our own lives, as God enters in, there are storms. The Sacrament of Baptism, even as it is the moment of reconciliation, freedom and peace with God, means in fact that there is now a collision, a battle between God’s grace and our own self-willing. Sometimes that collision will mean physical suffering, as the one who is now with Christ begins to live out what being found with God’s Messiah means to the world. Even today we have brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering physically because of Christ.


But for others, that suffering, that storminess is largely inside; the suffering of a wracked conscience, the struggle to not live by lies, the effort to stand in solidarity with those who endure the world’s injustices.


But be not afraid! For the storms have their purpose, and we who are walking the way of Jesus Christ should not be dismayed, but in wisdom welcome what all storms reveal.


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

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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.