October 31, 2018 marks the 501st anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the Wittenburg Church door in Germany. This event is remembered as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. One of the ways that we as a congregation have tried to celebrate the Reformation each October is by having a German theme for our fellowship meal. We have enjoyed some great fellowship and creativity as we all try out a few (new to us) German recipes. We have also had the October fellowship meal at the Manse for the past several years. Our family is very blessed to be loved so much by our Church family and we enjoy extending hospitality to you in this way.
For the next several weeks I hope to use the weekly thought to reminisce on the Reformation as we look at several key reformers and issues that shaped this important part of Church history. We will also look at several of the distinctive beliefs that separate Catholic and Protestant faith. History is important to us, but many times it is neglected. I encourage you this month to do a little reading on the Reformation. There are many great biographies of Martin Luther and other reformers that are interesting to read. Two books that I have enjoyed in recent years are, The Betrayal: A Novel on John Calvin by Douglas Bond and Martin Luther, A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought by Stephen J. Nichols. Both of those books helped me to better understand these key figures in church history.
So your assignment for October, if you choose to accept it, is to do a little bit of historical reading and brush up on your German recipes. In other words: Books and Baking! As the years go by I appreciate more and more the mighty Hand of Providence in our lives. As the world drifts toward death and horror in October, we in the Church are blessed to focus on life and the message of the Gospel.
Romans 1:16-17, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’”