Wednesday, 15th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 10:1-16

Prayer Pointers:

To remember and give thanks that God hears your prayers

To be prepared for God’s representatives (Hebrews 13:2)

For all who fear and love God, that they may come to the fullness of faith

ST. PAUL IS OFTEN referred to as “The Apostle to the Gentiles,” but it is Peter who gets the ball rolling in this story about the Roman centurion Cornelius.

Cornelius is called a “God-fearer.” This is a term used in Judaism to refer to those Gentiles who join in the worship of the God of Israel and who have adopted, more or less, the religious law that governs Jewish life. While they are not converts, the concept of the God-fearer indicates the person wishes to draw closer to Israel’s God. God-fearers therefore occupied a middle, shadowy place in between the unclean Gentile world and the holy before God world of faithful Jews.

On the other side, Peter also moves into a shadowy place as he falls into a trance under the Lord’s voice. The hungry Peter sees all sorts of food, all sorts of animals that the Jewish kosher laws would say were unfit for consumption—and the Lord commands him to eat. Three times this command comes to Peter, and he awakens from his dream confused and unsure of what to do.

As Peter and Cornelius find each other, let us be reminded of those we may know who are seeking, reaching out to the God of Jesus Christ, who know in their hearts and minds that there is more to life than what is on the surface, who sense that there is something alive and wonderful just beyond their sight, and be ready to give witness to what God is doing in their lives.

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

--Detail, Vision of the Centurion Cornelius by Zanobi Rosi, oil on canvas


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.