Tuesday, Second Week of Lent March 2, 2021

Prayer pointers:

For those who are on the edge of faith

For steadiness along the way

For the joy of the Holy Communion

Today’s text: John 4:43-54

CANA AGAIN APPEARS in John’s story, as Jesus returns to the place where he did his first sign—the changing of water into wine. We remember this wondrous wedding moment in our joy at the Holy Supper, as we gather to drink that wine which is both the festive drink of the heavenly feast and the blood that is poured out in the Lord’s death.

John deliberately connects the events of Cana with the healing of the Capernaum official’s child. Jesus warns us against seeking signs, but he does not despise the father’s desperation and weakness. The father’s plea is our own: this moment is beyond my strength—please help! Jesus speaks a word of promise and authority, and the father departs trusting that word. It is as the Lord has promised, and the child is restored to health.

In the moment when we eat and drink, remember our Lord’s word: this is my body, this is my blood, freely given for you. In your hand is the only sign—a piece of bread, a gulp of wine. Yet with the Word, they are signs of the Kingdom where sickness and death are defeated, where sadness is banished, where joy is complete.

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


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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.