Wednesday In the Second Week of Easter

Text: John 15:1-11

Prayer Pointers:

For growth in trust and hope

For growth in spiritual discipline

For the strength to abide

The great danger to our faith is the presumption that life with Jesus is a movement from success to success, from triumph to triumph. This is not true—Christianity is learning how to live, and part of living is learning how to let go and embrace the suffering that comes with letting go. Bonhoeffer said it starkly, if clearly: “when Jesus calls to someone to follow, he is calling him or her to die.”

This call to abide is a part of that learning. Our particular culture is especially hostile to this idea: we are taught that our real purpose is the life project that is me; we choose those things that seem to advance that project, reject those things that seem to hinder it. But what do we do when it is the project of the self that is the obstacle, the thing that is hindering, the thing that must be let go? The wise of the Church for centuries have said these are the saddest moments of all. To truly know the power of the Lord means discovering his presence, his love, and his purpose when all things in life fail us, including ourselves.

This is the heart of Easter; into defeat comes victory, and you only need go to the tomb to discover it.


Easter joy ~ 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.