This Sunday, we celebrate the 499th anniversary of the Reformation. For Lutherans, this day focuses us on the heart of our faith: the gospel of Christ - the good news - that makes us free. This was Martin Luther's emphasis as he reluctantly left the church that had formed him and his faith. Disturbed by the teaching of the Church that one would remain bound to his or her sins unless she or he did something to change that, including purchasing indulgences, Luther sought to change the Church from within before leaving to preach and teach what he thought was essential to the faith: that God in Christ saves us, not our good works. The Reformation was, first and foremost, all about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was then, and still is now. The task of reformation never ends, for every person, in every generation, need to hear the good news that their Savior frees them from sin and death!
There is still time to sign up for the Reformation 500 challenge - an opportunity to run, walk, bike, swim or row 500 miles between the actual day of Reformation, Monday, October 31 and next Reformation Day, October 31, 2017. You'll receive weekly Luther quotes and monthly biographical information about Martin Luther and his ministry. Other prizes await you! You can sign up here http://eepurl.com/chfsw5
Next Sunday, November 6, is All Saints' Day. On this day, we thank God for all those who have died since last All Saints' Day. If you would like your loved one's name in next Sunday's bulletin, please let me or Rhonda Womble (firstname.lastname@example.org) know.
Please keep in prayer Marion Fontaine, recently home from the hospital and the husband of Lorraine Dunn, John Dunn, recuperating at home from recent hospitalizations.
"Is this not the fast which I choose,
To loosen the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the bands of the yoke,
And to let the oppressed go free
And break every yoke?
Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry
And bring the homeless poor into the house;
When you see the naked, to cover him;
And not to hide from your own flesh?"
- Isaiah 58:6-10