This coming Sunday, October 27, is Reformation Sunday, marking the anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 theses on October 31, 1517, which resulted in the reformation of the institutional church of that day.
Our festive Folk worship service will include a processional and hymns affirming the Reformers’ belief that the church is founded on Jesus Christ, and that we are saved by the grace of God, through faith. You are invited to wear something red, the liturgical color of the day, which symbolizes fire and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
What’s Behind a Name? The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA): The Church of the Reformation
Reformation Day in the Lutheran Church commemorates the day in 1517 when a German monk named Martin Luther posted 95 Theses for academic theological debate in Wittenberg. This action set in motion a process that is now known as the Reformation, in which many joined in protesting abuses in the institutional church of that day and attempted to make reforms. These people were called “Protestants,” and those who confessed the same beliefs as Martin Luther were called “Lutherans.”
At the heart of the Lutheran understanding of the Christian faith is the proclamation of God’s grace, of receiving – through faith – God’s free gift of forgiveness and life through Jesus Christ. Good Shepherd is part of a larger church body called the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). “Evangelical” means the telling of this Good News, which is the meaning of the word “Gospel” (short for the old English “Good Spell.”) The English word “church” comes from the German word Kirche, meaning “the Lord’s house.”
We share in a very rich heritage, and we strive to live up to our name as Evangelical Lutheran Christians, proclaiming God’s grace and love in our lives.
8 But I am like a green olive tree
in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
forever and ever.
9 I will thank you forever,
because of what you have done.
In the presence of the faithful
I will proclaim your name, for it is good.
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