Wednesday, 13th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 6:1-15

Prayer Pointers:

To give your Christian family the benefit of the doubt

To have your ministry revealed to you

For widows

ONE OF THE COMMON complaints about Christian churches is that the members do not act like they are Christians! Gossip, ill tempers, power struggles and other related behaviors mar the witness the Church might otherwise be able to give. Many church leaders over the centuries have noted that we should not be surprised at such behavior, as parishes are full of sinners like you and me!

As we read deeper into Acts, we see that even in the very beginning, even as the Jesus movement is just getting started, there is bad behavior. The previous chapter had the sordid, unhappy tale of a couple who tried to pass their hypocrisy off as virtue. In this chapter, we see that the community’s effort to care for its most vulnerable is not working as well as it might. There is grumbling and complaining, for it looks like there is favoritism at work. The very blessing of growth, of more people being added to the fellowship has become a source for tension and competition.

The apostles alight upon a very sensible solution and identify seven men to handle the ministry of care, which improves the situation. This story tells us two things: one, ministry is shared—there is no super group of Christians who can or should handle all the work of the community; and two, if there is a problem in the congregation, it may be that you are the only one who (really) sees it or has the gifts, skills and Godly calling to do something about it. If we give each other the benefit of the doubt, we can say that we are doing church as well or better than those first Christians!

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.