Wednesday, First Week of Advent

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

As a part of our Advent observances at Grace, we are making use of Concordia Publishing’s Behold the Child materials for worship. Our web devotions through Christmas will be guided by Pastor Kevin Golden’s devotional booklet written in support of the Behold the Child theme (you may purchase a downloadable copy of Pr. Golden’s book by following this link).

Prayer Pointers:

To rejoice that God has come down

To have eyes to see God at work in our world

Text: Psalm 122:3-4

Our ascending those steps brings joy only because Christ has already descended.

—Pr. Golden

PSALM 122 IS one of fifteen Psalms included in group called “a song of ascents.” There is speculation as to why these psalms are labeled as such, but the most likely explanation is that pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem for the various festivals that Pr. Golden mentions would sing these psalms as they made their way up to the City of David and the Temple that lay within its walls.

The idea of ascending fits naturally with how we think of our relationship with God. God is up above, we are below; it is our job to ascend, to leave behind the things of earth to be reunited with God.

But the Christian message is different. God has come down! The Incarnation is the sign that God will now make his home among those he loves, that God is not far away, remote, inaccessible, but rather found in human flesh, found in the ordinary things of daily life. Our Lord comes to us, and it is his presence that makes our pilgrimage joy-filled.

May you live in Advent hope ~ Pr. Dave Brooks

----Quoted materials are from Behold the Child Daily Devotions #12-4563

© 2019 Concordia Publishing House. Used with permission under license 20:12-1.


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.