This month we celebrate and commemorate the Reformation of the Church over 500 years ago. Officially it began on the Eve of all Hallows when Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the church, so that all who would pass by on All Saints Day would have opportunity to see and join in the discussion. He never expected it to go beyond the academic world of the university he was at, but the recent invention of the printing press made it possible for his works and writings to be spread throughout. How amazing it is that new technologies continue to allow for the advancement of the Gospel to more than we ever thought possible. Below is a paragraph from the LCMS resources, and summarizes the significance of what we believe, teach, and confess as a Christian, as a Congregation and as a Church of God around the globe.
Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide. Solus Christus. Latin. Ironic, isn’t it? A movement that resulted in the liturgy and the Bible in our language (not Latin) is remembered by Latin phrases. By Scripture alone, by grace alone, by faith alone. Through Christ alone. Alone. Without your help. Without human tradition. Without anyone’s assistance. God acts alone through Jesus. Scripture. Given by God. Through which we receive Christ. Grace. Given by God. Through which we receive Christ. Faith. Given by God. Through which we receive Christ. Through Christ alone. God gives us all these gifts because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. All good gifts come from God and benefit all those who believe. Through Christ alone.
And now for more and other news…
One of the outcomes from our “Rally Day” discussions, “Men’s Bible Breakfast” returns but with a new time and a new name… “Men’s Bible Brunch” will resume in November and will be the 2nd Saturday of each month but at 10:00 am and lasting to 11:30. Gatherings will be at the church, probably the Martin Luther room, and will alternate between breakfast and lunch menu items, freshly prepared on-site. Donations accepted but not required.
Lydia Ruth Sunday will be celebrated October 15th. The women of our church will lead the lay portions of worship, while Deacon Hank and Elder Bob will share the sermon prepared by synod for this particular event. The Bible Study for that Sunday will be a special study from LWML and will be led by Phyllis. I will be at the Lutheran’s for Life Conference.
As mentioned above, In will be away from Oct. 9-20, as I will be taking some time after the conference to be with family following the passing of my brother-in-law.
Annual Voter’s Meeting has been scheduled for October 29th, Reformation Sunday! Primary purpose is the present the budgets of the church and the Daycare. Annual reports of the various ministries will be available for perusal as well. Come see and here about what is happening now and into next year in our community.
Reformation Sunday is October 29th, and we will once again be having a single, special service at 10:00 followed by the Voter’s Assembly, but then followed by a Brunch including Fresh grilled Brats and Hot dogs, as well as a variety of “Pot-luck” sides and desserts.
October represents a shift in energy and focus for the church, as it is a prequel of the festival season of the church year and turns our thoughts to “Thanksgiving” and gratitude for the Advent of our Lord, and for the Word becoming flesh and entering our lives and our hearts as the Savior of the world. God’s Richest blessing be yours this day and always, and have the certainty that these blessings have been bestowed upon you now already. To God be the Glory! Amen