Wednesday, 11th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 1:1-14

Prayer Pointers:

To grow as a person of prayer

To ask for the power of the Holy Spirit

To be a witness for Christ

THE DAILY LECTIONARY turns to the Acts of the Apostles, a wonderful book for modern Christians to read, ponder, and pray over its stories. As you read, you might see how the ancient world it describes is eerily like ours. The first century world was undergoing profound changes, experiencing massive population shifts, grappling with war, seething with injustice, experiencing both decadent materialism and deep religious ferment, along with profound anxiety about the future.

Sound familiar?

You may wish to read ahead—Acts is readable in about two-four days of steady effort. Then as we examine the passages selected by the daily lectionary, they will have some context.

Today, I only want to point out that Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, the Comforter is on the way. The disciples will not be left alone, but they will continue to experience the presence of Jesus through the Spirit’s power. But do not be fooled! The true power of the Holy Spirit is not found in the manifestations that so many Christians obsess over; the true work of the Holy Spirit is to put Old Adam, Old Eve to death. The Holy Spirit does this by turning our attention outward, to give us eyes, hearts to see life differently. Other gifts come with the Spirit, but the true work of the Spirit is finally to set us free for Christ. The Spirit does not come so that we might climb some holy mountain by ourselves—the Spirit comes so that we might have the energy, the courage, the faith to go down to the city and tell good news.

But that must wait to tomorrow.

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.