Wednesday in the Third Week of Easter

Text: Colossians 1:24-2:7

Prayer Pointers:

For courage to move toward spiritual maturity

For those who’ve you not seen for some time

The old children’s book The Secret Garden begins with an unsparing look at the central figure of the story: Mary Lennox, who, we learn, is a spoiled and insufferable child, who can only treat others with contempt. If you are familiar with this story, you may protest that there are good reasons for Mary to be as she is; there are tragedies and setbacks in ample supply. But Mary is who she is, and the rest of the story is about whether and how she can turn from petulant immaturity to open and generous maturity. As you might expect, part of her “cure” is a change of community, where she rubs shoulders with rough yet kind and good-natured folks who give her space and opportunity to grow.

There is something similar in Paul’s letter to the Colossians, where he talks of how he is at work—even striving—to help everyone that has been called to life in Christ to grow to maturity. While his core mission is to proclaim the Gospel to the larger Roman world, he understands that as he does what he is supposed to do, the men and women who are now a part of his community are changing as a result of their encounter with the good news he shares and the churches he leaves behind. Our lesson ends with a wonderful admonition: you have received Christ; live in him! Put your roots deep in him for optimal growth! Let the structure of your life be built on him as a sturdy foundation!

We may protest that we are simply who we are, but Paul will not let us off the hook, no more than the folks of The Secret Garden did for Mary Lennox. The glory of God has been made know to us; let us use that knowledge wisely.

Easter joy ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


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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.