Thursday in the Second Week of Easter

Text: John 15:12-27

Prayer Pointers:

For growth in love

For friends during this time of pandemic

I have always thought this passage is the one best suited to place next to the story of Zebedee’s sons, John and James, when they ask Jesus for places of prominence in the coming kingdom. They wish to be great, to have renown, to be recognized and revered by others.

Jesus turns their attention to those who are not recognized, who are never revered, who are not considered “great” by anyone. To welcome one such as this—to LOVE one whom the whole world would say is not worthy of love—is to love as the Father loves, and to welcome the Lord.

Of course, this kind of love, the love Jesus is commanding, is not warm, fuzzy feelings. We talk of love as an inner state of emotion and bristle to be commanded to generate that feeling. Love begins in a search—how can I serve? What can I celebrate? How can I recognize and revere? What is great about this person before me? These are concrete actions that Jesus offers us by example, and the great irony is that our feelings of love normally follow those things to which we give our attention and our service.

Easter joy ~ 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.