Wednesday, 19th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 19:1-10

Prayer Pointers:

For the comfort and challenge of fellow believers

For freedom from idolatry

WE ARE COMING TO Paul’s adventures in Ephesus, possibly the most important city in the Roman Empire after Rome itself. A prosperous city, it was full of the energy that we expect in cities: people from every part of the world and every walk of life, busily engaging in work.

The gods and religious devotions of the people were also in abundance.

Paul will upend this commercial and religious marketplace, but for now, I hope you notice that the story is grounded in the relationships he has with his friends, brothers and sisters in Christ. They encourage one another to greater growth in Christ, expecting that everyone in the community will move to the fulness of the revelation found in Jesus. The movement of the disciples who had connected to the Way from John’s ministry is an example of this movement.

In our own communities, it is good that we have fellowship with brothers and sisters, but let us pray earnestly that we will encourage and be encouraged to grow in the Way of Jesus Christ.

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

---Front Facade, Library of Celsus, Ephesus


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.