Wednesday, Fourth Week of Epiphany February 3, 2021

Prayer Pointers: For strength in daily prayer

For daily bread

For compassion

Today’s text: Mark 8:11-26

A FUN SCIENCE experiment with children is to let them hold a gram of yeast in their hands, let them determine that the tiny “pebbles” in their palms are “not alive,” and then proceed to cast those inert grains into a glass of warm water mixed with sugar. In time, there is much bubbling and activity!

The deeper meaning of leaven, or yeast, as Jesus uses it in his conversation with the disciples is that something small or apparently insignificant can affect all of life. In this moment, Jesus warns his disciples to be wary of both religious/spiritual and political/worldly leaven. The Pharisees focused on the purity of their ritual and their observances, neglecting the relationship with God that was the only reason for any of the ritual; Herod and his court grasped political power and expediency, freely mixing political pragmatism and Godly piety. Jesus tries to get his students to see the froth, to realize that the things they think are inert or harmless have deep power to bend them away from God.

In our own day, there are many sources of leaven that would froth and excite us. Let us be wise in these days! As Jesus asked that long ago day, so he asks us “do you not remember?” Let us continue to remember the goodness of God, who gives to us all we need day by day.

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.