This October, things might start to feel and look even more different as we journey closer to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which will be part of our worship celebration on Sunday, October 29th at 9:30am. In fact, that celebration, combined with our celebration of the Affirmation of Baptism, is SO important to our faith lives, we will have one Sunday service at 9:30 (with the Saturday service taking place at 5:30, per usual) that weekend.
Come and Explore with Us!
Each weekend, we are intentionally exploring parts of our identity as Lutherans – not purely from a historical standpoint, but from one that will help us build relationships with one another, as well. When we claim to believe “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever,” (Hebrews 13:8), this truth impacts the way we interact with one another – because our relationship with God intersects with our relationships within the Body of Christ.
We hope to see you at our 5 cross+generational celebrations in October
Each Sunday in October, there will be multiple opportunities to deepen our relationship with God and one another. As Pastor Paul mentioned in his Logos article, we are exploring The 4 Solas: Grace, Word, Christ, Faith. These were the truths that the Protestant Reformers clung to when other church leaders were trying to convince people that everything about the Reformation was heresy. The 4 Solas (also known as the “4 Alones” or “4 Onlys”) were and are still true, even as God’s church was and is still being renewed and reformed.
What does this mean for us? How do we talk about it with our families and friends?
Every worship experience is a learning opportunity – through song, prayer, Word and the Sacraments of Baptism and Communion. And, for the month of October, every Faith Formation hour, from 9:30-10:25, we’ll be together exploring how we talk about these 4 truths in a way that matter to our lives today, whether we’re 3 or 93!
- The first weekend in October, we’ll be led in worship by musician and storyteller James Hersch. We’ll also have a “coffee house” during our Faith Formation hour where James will help us, through song and story, learn what Grace Alone means to us and in our lives every day. You’ll come away from the coffee house hour with new songs in your heart that remind you that grace is a gift we receive from God that can never be taken away.
- The second, third and fourth weekends in October, we will gather together for cross+generational time during the Faith Formation hour to wonder and dream and learn how God’s Word, Christ, and Faith Alone impact our lives and continually change and renew us. These are truths believed by the whole church - the whole church. By participating, you might find renewal in your own faith journey as well!
- To culminate the October celebrations for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we will have only one worship service on Sunday, October 29th at 9:30am. There will be no other Sunday happenings on that day.
At each of these cross+generational times, we’ll play and watch movies, have conversations and make reminders we can take home to continue talking and learning about our identities: as children of God, as Lutherans, as members of St. Paul’s.
Journeys always take some preparation, some patience, some curiosity, and some commitment – otherwise, we never end up where we intend to go! As we journey together towards our Reformation 500 Celebration, we remember that Jesus Christ IS the same yesterday, today, and forever, and to that promise, we continue to believe!