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Tuesday, Fourth 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:

To rejoice in the Lord

For growth in the habit of worship






Text: Psalm 24:3


Christ alone can ascend the hill of the Lord with purity.

The beauty is that he takes us along. –Pr. Golden

THE CHURCH IS ALWAYS at prayer. As the earth turns from sunrise to sunset, prayers to God continue. As we slept, brothers and sisters in China, Vietnam, India and many other places prayed in the Spirit to the Father through the Son.


Worship is both a calling and a habit. We can only worship the true God because he has made our worship possible. He enters into our lives, calls to us to respond in faith, and gives us such gifts as that we might worship in Spirit and truth (John 4:24). We worship because of the relationship we share with our Lord. But, like any relationship, it is developed and shaped because of the habits those in relationship have with each other. Some habits strengthen relationship, and others weaken it.


Daily prayer and devotional reading are powerful habits because they strengthen our connections to God, to the universal Church, and to our own parish family. They “tends the soil” for faithful discipleship. They become a solid fulcrum around which life can turn in an orderly way. They are a place where Christ is revealed in the ordinary moments of life, making them extraordinary, where the “mountain of the Lord” can be found in all kinds of places!




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.