Four hundred ninety-seven years ago on October 31, Augustinian friar and Old Testament Professor Martin Luther nailed 95 theses for scholarly debate concerning the practice of selling indulgences. The first of those begins: “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent!’, He willed the entire Christian life to be one of repentance.” Luther’s call for a debate about current practices regarding penance and forgiveness led eventually to his excommunication.
As the rhetoric grew more heated, the Lutheran reformers often quoted Isaiah 40:8 , “The grass withers. The flower fades, but the Word of the LORD endures forever.” Alas, the schism in the western Church grew wider and wider as radical Protestants threw away the creeds, the sacraments, and liturgy that were dear to most western Christians.
Self-conscious Lutheran Christians today, like our ancestors in the faith, recognize that we are both evangelical (devoted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ) and catholic (rooted in the faith once delivered to the saints as expressed in the Church’s historic creeds and in Word and Sacrament worship).
Practicing an evangelical catholic Christianity is the antithesis of the narcissism, the “me-ism,” which is part and parcel of the present age even in many churches. Christ Himself makes clear that whoever would follow Him must die to self everyday. This is the on-going practice of Christian Baptism…being buried and raised daily with Jesus!
We invite you to discover the Lutheran difference this weekend on Saturday at 6 p.m. or on Sunday either at 8:30 or 11 a.m. You can begin the lifelong process of growing up in Christ with us. We also have a brief Bible study and sung Evening Prayer each Monday at 6 p.m.
If you would like to learn more about the Lutheran difference, we are studying Luther’s Large Catechism on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. We will also have a Reformation Prayer Retreat on Saturday, October 25, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Our guest teacher and preacher for the weekend is Pr. Carl Voges, the Vicar of the Society of the Holy Trinity. For more information about the retreat, please email email@example.com
Please find your way often to St. Matthew’s where Christ has promised to be present in the Word and Sacraments always!
Thanks for stopping by!
Peace and joy,
Pastor Sam Zumwalt, STS
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Calendar at a Glance for 1 Week
Youth Groups (excluding May thru August)
Wednesday at 6:00 pm (Middle School) and Sunday from 6:00 to 7:30 pm (High School) .
Wednesday Music Practice Schedule:
5:00 Little Luther Choir (PK4-1st grade) 5:25pm Luther Choir (grades 2-5)
6:00-6:45pm Handbell Choir (older youth and adults)
7:00-8:30pm Adult Choir