On Sunday, we celebrated the Festival of the Reformation. There is a lot of confusion about why we celebrate the ministry and witness of Martin Luther. I think our Roman Catholic friends think we point and laugh at them for praying to saints and then we give an entire day to Luther’s work. I would imagine our non-denominational friends think we are still “Catholic lite.” But let’s set the record straight: Really, Reformation Day isn’t about Martin Luther at all.
When we celebrate the Lutheran Reformation, we celebrate the Holy Spirit, by whose power we are called and kept in true faith. We celebrate that our faith is centered on the Scriptures and the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. We celebrate faith as a gift from God, not a work of our effort. In summary, it is the catch phrase of our 2017 celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. We are celebrating the five “Solas” that were uncovered and rediscovered during that historic period: We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone according to the Scriptures alone to the glory of God alone.
Loud and Proud Lutheran! Pastor Culynn
To prepare for worship on Sunday
(November 1), you are invited to read:
1 Kings 17:1-24