Tuesday, 11th Week after Pentecost

Text: Matthew 27:32-44

Prayer Pointers:

To trust the God who is hidden

To not be dismayed in times of struggle

To appreciate more the wonder of the Holy Supper

ONE OF LUTHER’S great contributions to Christian thought was his focus on what he called “theology of the cross.” This phrase sums up an entire catalog of ideas about God, the Church and individual Christians, but the idea behind it is that we must never think that we can lay hold of or grab God by our ideas, our theories or our philosophies, but only in the ways that God wishes to be known. Luther insisted that God reveals himself only under his opposites—those times, persons or places where we would not expect to find God. The Cross itself is the supreme example of this unexpected encounter—for there the Savior of the world is hung, “unable” to save himself.

While Luther developed this idea of the hidden God and made it central to his understanding of the Gospel, the core of his idea was found throughout the Church’s witness to her Lord. So we have this poem from Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century:

Lord, I adore you steadfast in hiding;

God in the twilight, in bare shapes, shadowing.

See, Lord, at your service is my humble heart

Lost in wonder at your mighty art.

Seeing, touching, tasting—all these deceive;

Only in trusty hearing may you be believed.

What God’s Son has told me, that as truth I do,

Truth himself speaks truly or there’s nothing true.

On the cross your glory showed no sign to men,

There your very life steals away from human ken;

Both are my confession, both are my belief,

And so I pray as if I am that dying thief.

I hold in hand the token of Christ crucified

Living Bread the life of us for whom he died

Please give your life to me, Lord; feed, feast my mind

Be to me the sweetness that we are meant to find.

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


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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.