Tuesday, 12th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 3:1-11

Prayer Pointers:

To be confident in the gift God has given you

To remember you are a minister in Christ’s name

For the broken in body

THERE IS SOME DISPUTE regarding which of the gates of the Temple was actually the “Beautiful Gate,” but the most likely candidate is the main gate which marked the boundary between the outer courts and the Temple proper. It was meant to inspire awe and wonder, for as you stepped through it you were stepping into the presence of God. The beautiful gate leads to the good and beautiful God.

It is a fitting location for this story.

Peter and John are shown as having taken up the ministry that Jesus charged them to do: in the power of the Holy Spirit, they give to the lame beggar an encounter with God that requires no journey through the gate. The God that is beautiful and good has drawn near to his people! We will see this fact emphasized again and again as we read through Acts. The overall story that Acts tells is captured well in this moment:

1) the Church continues Jesus’ prophetic ministry of proclamation and witness— the Kingdom of God has come near; Jesus is Lord; repent and believe in the Good News;

2) the Church continues Jesus’ healing ministry of restoration, renewal and release for those whose bodies or minds are held captive;

3) the Church continues Jesus’ teaching ministry, calling everyone to learn and walk in the Way of God, the Kingdom way of salvation, through baptism, study of the Word, fealty to the community, and prayer.

We will see in the next few days that just as Peter, John and the other members of the early Christian community continued Jesus’ ministry, so they also continued in conflict with authorities….

May your day be grace-filled ~ 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.