Prayer: As we celebrate this week the work done by your servant Martin Luther, help us to live in the good of your grace, O Lord. Amen.
Reading: Romans 3: 19-28 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: It’s almost here. The 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Woo-hoo!!
Many churches have been planning for this for a while. We’ve looked with wonder for years that this commemoration was coming. And next week, it will be here. And then we’ll count the days after 500 years, perhaps marking 600, 700, 800, who knows?
When I was growing up, our church had a banner hanging on the wall on Reformation Sunday that was red with white letters that simply said “1517.” That year was etched in mind. There was a celebration of Luther’s life in the mid 80s and my Sunday School class did lots of research on the reformer and even did a whole church service recounting what he did.
At the heart of Luther’s work was this fact that God’s grace is what it is all about. God gives to us and we live in the good of it. As we celebrate this work this week, may we not forget that fact. May we live in the good of that grace each day. –Chad Hershberger
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