Tuesday, 16th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 12:1-17

Prayer Pointers:

To have good courage and trust in God in all circumstances

For those in prison

HEROD AGRIPPA, the grandson of Herod the Great who loomed over the life of Jesus (Matt 2:19), came to the throne in 37AD. A shrewd player of local politics and intrigue, Herod the grandson was able to consolidate and reunite the various principalities that had been created out of his grandfather’s kingdom and given to the sons (e.g. Philip, Archelaeus, and Herod Antipas, famous for his dinner parties).

Given the close coordination between Herod Agrippa and the local movers and shakers, it seems certain that Peter’s goose is truly cooked this time. He is even shackled to the soldiers in the prison so that he cannot fly away. Yet, even in this clearly hopeless situation, the congregation in Jerusalem prays for him.

For us, who are conditioned to think of ourselves as masters of our fate, it is important to note the attitude of Peter in this situation. It is not that he sits passively, for he is ready to move when the angel of God calls to him. Rather, Peter is obedient, doing what the angel—the bearer of God’s message—says for him to do. Peter lives confident in God, confident that the circumstances of his life are in God’s hand and to his glory, and therefore Peter has only to watch and wait on what his Lord will do. All the Herods in your life are no match for God!

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.