Friday, September 29, 2017

Reformation: A Look Inward and Forward

This coming Sunday in the Faith Formation class, I'll begin teaching a series of sessions entitled Reformation: A Look Inward and Forward. For four consecutive Sundays, we will be invited to explore the dynamic implications of our legacy as a church that is a reform movement, continually being called to transformation and reform.

October 31, 2017 will be the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. As good Lutherans, maybe we think it is an occasion to be celebrated. Well, let's look at it another way. What if we commemorated the event without getting too much in party mode over a schism in the Body of Christ. Further, rather than dwelling on the past, let's consider what the future may hold for this reform movement. Do we have a goal in mind? If so, what is it?

Here is another matter for consideration and some related questions: What does reformation look like for each of us individually, as brothers and sisters in the community of the church? What has been our experience of Christ's grace? How has it shaped our living? Are we in need of a reboot?  

This first session on the horizon for this Sunday will serve as introduction and prelude for the three weeks to follow. Take some time, meanwhile, to ponder the thoughts and questions shared above. If you develop questions of your own, bring them with you and share. I trust that the Holy Spirit will guide and empower our prayerful and thoughtful time together. Everyone is welcome.


17th Sunday after Pentecost
October 1, 2017

Prayer of the Day
God of love, giver of life, you know our frailties and failings. 
Give us your grace to overcome them, keep us from those things that harm us, 
and guide us in the way of salvation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Readings and Psalm

Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 
The fairness of God’s way

Psalm 25:1-9 
Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love. (Ps. 25:6)

Philippians 2:1-13 
Christ humbled to the point of death on a cross

Matthew 21:23-32 
A parable of doing God’s will