Wednesday, October 24, 2018
On morning our congregation, like so many other Protestant congregations throughout the world, will celebrate the legacy of the Reformation, begun by Martin Luther. On October 31, in the year of our Lord 1517, Martin Luther nailed to the door of the university church at Wittenberg a list of 95 abuses in the Church which needed to be corrected if the Church's practices were to conform with Scripture - and above all, if Christians were to enjoy the saving faith and peace that the Holy Spirit creates in the hearts of those who hear the good news of Jesus Christ crucified in their place and believe it. This day is not intended to be a day in which we celebrate us as Lutherans, nor is it an occasion to deride the Roman Catholic Church of old or its present manifestation. In short, Reformation Sunday is a day to celebrate that the pure preaching of the precious Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ continues among us. Luther's witness permanently altered the course of Christian history as it restored the pure preaching of the Gospel to the churches who followed his lead and we do well to thank God for Luther's ministry, but we must be careful in our preaching and worship emphases that we do not cause his legacy to get in the way of our celebration of Jesus - Who alone is Lord of the Church and our lives. In my sermon this Sunday on Romans 3, I will make reference to Luther - as he pointed to Christ. On Reformation Sunday, we honor Luther and the other reformers (who preached faith in Christ alone) by celebrating the gifts delivered to us by Christ for our Salvation.
In addition to our Reformation Day observance on Sunday morning, you are invited to attend a special Reformation Sunday service at St. Paul's in Janesville in the evening. The pertinent information is as follows: Area Reformation Service on Sunday, Oct 28th at 6:30 p.m., hosted by St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Janesville (210 S Ringold St., Janesville, WI, 53545). Local LCMS pastors, Pastor Dan Eddy, Messiah, Beloit; Pastor Dennis Roser, St. John's, Beloit; and Pastor David Bergelin, Mount Calvary, Janesville will preach; Pastor Dan Eddy of Messiah, Beloit will serve as lector, and St. Paul's school choirs will sing. You are invited to join with your fellow LCMS members in this celebration of the tremendous Reformation truth that SALVATION IS BY GRACE ALONE THROUGH FAITH ALONE IN JESUS CHRIST ALONE!
In Christ Jesus,