Join us tomorrow for our Reformation service at 11 am. The following reminder of its importance comes from the CLC daily e-mail devotions:
Tell someone, “This is a special weekend,” and they may quickly agree, “It sure is; it’s Halloween!” The sales of costumes, masks, and party supplies have skyrocketed in recent years. Halloween has never been more popular.
Yet for us, there is another, much more important event which makes this a special weekend–the Reformation. Our heritage as Lutherans goes back to the posting of the 95 Theses on October 31, 1517 and all the events which it sparked. But does it really matter all that much today? Life in 1500’s Germany seems far removed from our lives today. Still, the Reformation truly does matter, because it was not just about dissatisfaction with the organized church of the day, but of a person’s relationship with God. How can one be right with God? How can a person be sure of salvation? Where do you find hope for eternity?
From little on Luther was taught that salvation and peace with God hinged on obeying the Commandments and the rules of the church. Today, too, it’s popular to believe that working hard at being a “good person” must count for something before God. But Scripture says, “No one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin” (Romans 3:20).
Peace with God and certainty of salvation can never come from our own efforts. How can they when we are sinful by nature and condemned by the Law to eternal death? What makes the Reformation worth remembering and celebrating is that it once again brought the good news of God’s grace out in the open. We are justified “freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24).
Our forgiveness, peace, salvation, and eternal future in glory are all a sure thing, because they do not depend in the least on anything we do. They have all been accomplished by Jesus for all people. That gospel message makes every day worth celebrating and offering praise to our gracious God. This weekend watch for opportunities to share with others just how special it is.
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When the Church first started around Pentecost Sunday most early converts were adults. When these adults were baptized into the Christian faith they made vows to the Lord to remain faithful to His Word and teaching. The rite of Confirmation began as the majority of baptisms in churches transitioned to infants and children. Those who brought their children to baptism would make promises in their stead. Confirmation was time for the child to make those vows their own. Today, the church continues that rite of Confirmation by first instructing children in the teachings of God’s Word in the hope that they would take responsibility for their faith.
Join us tomorrow as we celebrate the confirmation of two of our younger members. It’s a good opportunity to remind yourself of your own confirmation vow to the Lord; what it means and how God continues to strengthen you through it. We will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Our service begins at 10 am. A reception for our confirmands will follow the service.
Our summer service schedule is upon us now. We take a break from Sunday School and Bible Class for the summer months and our worship service time moves up to 10 am. Remember that you can still watch the service live each weekend HERE.
Joel 2:28-32 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. 29 Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. 30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. 32 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.
The first Pentecost Sunday marked the fulfillment of this promise from God. Each year since, the Church has celebrated the gift of the Holy Spirit, who calls, enlightens, and sanctifies Christians. Join us tomorrow for a service centered around the Spirit’s work! Sunday School and Bible Class are at 10 am and the Worship service is at 11 am.