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Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s text: Exodus 33:7-23


Prayer Pointers:

For your friends

For honesty in daily interactions


Saint Gregory of Nyssa, in commenting on this text, especially noted the idea of God talking with Moses as a friend, as an equal and then writes: "[the virtuous life] looks like this, in that… we do not avoid evil because we are afraid, nor seek gain from God because we hope for some reward, but rather we are glad to be God’s friends, and we see that relationship like any other friendship: that we would soon die than betray or fall from being a good friend….”

In our own day, friendship has a different feel; our sense of “friendship” does not carry the idea of near-kin that it would have had in the past. Friendship was an important part of a person’s life in a time when there were few other resources or options for protection, comfort and even joy, and to betray a friend, whether actively by doing something harmful, or passively by simply not helping, was scandalous behavior.

But, whether or not we feel or sense a deep obligation to those we call “friends,” let us not forget that we are in the same position as Moses, for Jesus has called us his friends (John 15:14-17), and has made of us near-kin to each other.

Easter Joy ~ Pr. Dave Brooks

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824 North Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701 | 919-682-6030  | www.gracelutheranchurch.net

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.

Website designed by Addison Siemon.

Website designed by Addison Siemon.