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Wednesday in the Seventh Week of Easter: Ascension Day

Prayer Pointers:

For yourself as part of Christ’s Body

For fellow Christians separated from the blessing of the Body


Today’s text: Ephesians 4:1-16



This passage from Ephesians is often included in conversations about mission and the future of the Church, in large part because what Paul says here is far removed from how most parishes view and understand what they are to do. Paul addresses the Ephesians as a group who have been brought into a relationship with God the Father that they did not earn or deserve,. Paul weaves three related points as he makes his case. The first is that the Church and those who are a part of the Church have arrived together because God has issued a call. There is no use in looking to or for the kinds of “qualifications” that humans so often use to sort themselves out. The only qualification is God’s invitation, and because of our baptism we all have a role in the life of the Body.

The second point is that ministry arises out of the shared life of the baptized and from their individual callings. It is the congregation that does ministry; it is its members that do the work that the Spirit empowers. All the “titled” Christians—including pastors—are given by God to make it possible for the members to do what we call “ministry.” Even as the Scriptures reveal God to be a minister, so the People of God are also ministers, and every ministry is valuable because and when it originates in the Holy Spirit that comes at baptism.

The third point is that Paul insists that the calling and the ministry are intended so that we might grow, mature, become; that we, because of the Spirit life that is given at baptism, grow up to resemble Jesus the New Adam, “the first-born of many brothers” (Romans 8:29). All this is for God’s glory and for our sakes, so that we may live in true faith, hope, and love.

Easter Joy ~ Pr. Dave Brooks

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Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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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.