Tuesday, St. Michael and all Angels

Text: Hebrews 1:1-14

Prayer Pointers:

To grow in awareness of the Creation around and beyond you

To be glad of the ways God speaks to you

To bear good news, worship truly and be ready to serve

TODAY (SEPTEMBER 29) THE CHURCH celebrates the feast of St. Michael, whom Daniel calls the “great prince and protector of Israel.” Lutheran theology tends to ignore angels in favor of highlighting Christ as mediator between humans and God; too much popular piety is layered on angels in a way that obscures or hinders the far more important relationship our Lord creates between us and him. However, being aware of the work of God’s angels is a good way to remember our proper place in the Creation. We are not alone in this universe, nor are we the only creatures that have God’s care and love!

The core activity of angels is what their name suggests: they are angelos, messengers, bearers of tidings from God (we see this idea in another word we use frequently: eu angelion, “good tidings/good news” and so we say evangelical). From Abraham to Mary, we see “God’s Messengers” coming to humans with a word from God. While this word may be at times hard to hear or requires close attention, the Scriptures are clear that an angelic message is not simply a “gut feeling” or self-generated hunch.

A second important activity of the angelic hosts is worship. Scripture is full of descriptions of multitudes of angels gathered around the throne of God who worship continually. The Revelation of John is especially noteworthy in this regard, as we see in both chapter 4 and 5. Right worship is one of the markers of the angelic relationship to God, and our earthly worship is a pale imitation, even as we (again, because of Christ!) worship in Spirit and Truth just as the angels do.

A third angelic activity is most popular in the public imagination: angels serve as the army hosts of heaven, as warriors and protectors. Jesus promises that little ones are under the protection of his Father’s angels (Matthew 18:10). It is implied throughout Scripture that angels are the “means” by which God upholds and maintains the integrity of the Creation—as creatures themselves, they are an expression of God’s almighty power.

As we go about our day, let us give thanks that God surrounds us with a vast host, and be ready to share good tidings, worship in Spirit and truth, and care for our neighbors after the example of St. Michael and company.

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


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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.