Thursday in the Fourth Week of Easter

Text: Romans 8:1-10

Prayer Pointers:

For the strength of the Holy Spirit

For those under condemnation

Part of what makes the Christian message hard for us today is that we have learned one lesson very well: I am the only one that can make meaning for me, I am the only one who can judge my actions. If I do what is best for me, or if I do what comes naturally from my deepest self, then no one else can condemn me.

Including God.

But the Easter message is as Paul declares: Jesus has set you free. Each of us, left to our own devices, labor under the law of sin and death. We are not powerful enough to free ourselves. We are in bondage, and the terrible irony is that the way of living which the world offers is the very problem! By insisting that we are masters of our own souls, we only reveal the dreadful depth of our predicament. We are bound; we are chained to death.

But Jesus, laid in a tomb that is not his own, bursts forth with life, and he is powerful enough to give his life to us! No more are we bound; we are able to live, not for ourselves but for another and be truly free. And so we have

Easter joy ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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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.