Wednesday, 7th Week after Pentecost

Text: Matthew 21:33-46

Prayer Pointers:

To make more time for reading the Word

For wisdom in living the way of Jesus

For those in building and construction

THE MOVIE THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION tells the story of two New England prison inmates who become unlikely but close friends, and through their friendship find freedom. One of the two friends escapes from prison; the other is released on parole a few months after the events of the escape.

The paroled man, named Red, has in his hand a blank postcard from a Pacific coast city in Mexico, and a promise from his friend Andy. Red is to go to a small village near the prison and look for a stone wall that runs straight and true away from town. At the end of the wall he will find there a stone unlike the others, a stone that does not belong; under that stone he will find what he seeks. Red is both afraid and eager to follow his friend’s directions; afraid of what he might find, afraid of what the finding will mean for his life.

You will have to watch the movie to learn what Red does.

In our own lives, we too are confronted by a stone unlike all others, a stone that seemingly does not belong. Many who believe they know how to build a good life have rejected this stone. But as we see the crooked foundations of the world groan, we must not be afraid. As we see the crooked walls of people’s lives fail to provide boundaries and structure, we must be ready with faith and hope and love.

Build on Jesus, Creation’s cornerstone! Learn his ways, study his word, walk with his people, and find how marvelous he is.

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.