Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Easter

Text: Exodus 32:1-26

Prayer Pointers:

For trust in the voice of the Good Shepherd

For those tempted by the world

For those who are charged to keep watch

As we have been talking celebration over these last weeks, the Exodus passage appointed for today is a wonderfully cold, sharp breeze. It tells a story of just how things can go awry. Moses is up on the mountain, hammering out the details on the covenant with God, and the people of Israel are so quick to kick him to the curb it’s almost comical. They press poor Aaron into service who goes about his task like one of those overwhelmed contestants on Nailed It and he winds up with a golden calf. The people go wild with their gratitude.

Which maybe shows us that just because you are in a group of people gathered together to worship God it doesn’t mean that you won’t end up dancing around something silly.

The fact that we are gathered together as God’s People, as the Church, is a good thing. Not foolproof; not a guarantee against idolatry; but a truly good thing. It’s far better to be gathered together than to be off by yourself, perhaps scared, lonely, maybe even feeling desperate. And it’s better to be gathered together, where we provide for each other a reality check, than it is to be lost in your own agenda, isolated and caught within your self-deception and indifferent to others. It is better to be gathered together where we remind each other of our fragility and our needs than to be lost in power and become controlling and ruthless to those around us.

We heard Sunday that Jesus, our Good Shepherd, calls to us and, as a part of his flock, we learn to recognize his voice in our midst—in our celebrations, in our defeats, in every part of life.

Let’s never stop listening for our Lord’s voice.

Easter joy ~ 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.