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Thursday, Second Week of Advent




As a part of our Advent observances at Grace, we are making use of Concordia Publishing’s Behold the Child materials for worship. Our web devotions through Christmas will be guided by Pastor Kevin Golden’s devotional booklet written in support of the Behold the Child theme (you may purchase a downloadable copy of Pr. Golden’s book by following this link).





Prayer Pointers:

For the prosperity of your neighbors

For God’s protection and care




Text: Psalm 72:3



Prosperity flows forth from [the mount of] Calvary, where the Fall was defeated. –Pr. Golden

THE CITY OF JERUSALEM is notable for possessing two things that would have made for prosperity in the ancient world. The first is that it is rests at the southern tip of a chain of low mountains which provide an ideal natural defense and bulwark; the second is that the city was at the juncture of several important roads that allowed people and goods to travel between the fertile lands of Egypt on the Nile to the southwest and the various empires that nestled between the Euphrates and the Tigris to the northeast.

It is easy to understand how the city became symbolic of Israel’s God who was at the same time a strong fortress and protector and the source of blessing and good fortune.


We also experience God’s blessing in daily life, the prosperity that comes from the nature of his creative work. Yet, having been brought close to God by Jesus, we have received promises of our Heavenly Father’s care and comfort that exceed what earth may supply. A mighty fortress is he, a bulwark never failing! In him we prosper, in him we are blessed no matter what “fortune” may bring.


May you live in Advent hope ~ Pr. Dave Brooks




--Quoted materials are from Behold the Child Daily Devotions #12-4563

© 2019 Concordia Publishing House. Used with permission under license 20:12-1. www.cph.org

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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  | 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.