This weekend we commemorate the events which led to the Reformation of the Church. Martin Luther began to ask about our standing as the forgiven people of God in Jesus Christ. His proclamation of salvation by God’s grace led him to stand in opposition to the powers of his day. How about us? We lay claim to that same promise of salvation, but where will we stand as Christ’s witnesses among the powers of our day?
Join us this weekend for worship:
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School and Fellowship
10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship with rite of Confirmation
Devotions for this week:
Reformation Sunday/Confirmation Day October 28-29, 2017
SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding
Sunday, Jeremiah 31:31-34 God makes a new covenant
Monday, Psalm 46, “A mighty fortress”
Tuesday, Romans 1:16-17, the righteous shall live by faith
Wednesday, Romans 3:21-27 justified by faith
Thursday, Ephesians 2:4-10 not by works
Friday, John 8:31-36 Freedom
Saturday, Romans 8:37-39 Nothing can separate us
TALK: Consider some of these ideas:
“If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32
Martin Luther’s reading of scripture brought a new emphasis on the powerful grace of God in Christ Jesus. This forgiveness comes as a gift, not of our deserving. How does that good news change our lives?
Have you ever been discouraged by your own ability to change?
- Have you ever felt imprisoned by forces that seem to control your future? Do you feel that you can’t meet the expectations of God, others, yourself?
- What does freedom from obligation do to your outlook?
- Can you forgive others as you have been forgiven?
PRAY: Here we stand with those who reformed the church so long ago, and with those who still are reforming the church today. Here we stand witnesses to your good news for all. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
BLESS: May God set you free to be who God made you to be!