The season of fall is in full swing, complete with a drop in the temperature, leaves beginning to change color and fall, apple cider and pumpkins galore, and important festivals in our church calendar.
The Reformation Festival day is on October 31st , and this year will be remembered and acknowledged at worship on October 25th. There will be an emphasis on the five solas which are:
- sola scriptura – word alone
- sola fide – faith alone
- sola gratia – grace alone
- sola Christos – Christ alone
- soli Deo Gloria – glory to God alone
The pinnacle of our Lutheran theology that we are justified by grace through faith as a gift of God is highlighted in worship.
Next up on our church calendar is the Festival of All Saints Day which falls on November 1st. This is an opportunity to celebrate the people of God, living and dead, who are the body of Christ. There will be time to reflect on and name those who have died in our faith community in the past year and a time to reflect on all others who have died, and an acknowledgment that “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.”(Hebrews 12:1-2)
The Festival of Christ the King falls on November 22nd and gives our faith community an opportunity to proudly wear our CtK regalia as we gather this day to celebrate the reign of Christ and his victory over death, while awaiting the consummation of all things yet to come.
The season of Advent kicks off on November 29th with the first of four Sundays preparing our hearts and minds for the celebration of the birth of the Messiah and the coming of the reign of God. If all of the COVID-19 pandemic protocols and guidelines have been met, this will be the first Sunday that indoor worship will be offered at 8:30 AM, and an outdoor worship offered at 10 AM through our 90.1 FM broadcast.
Amidst change and uncertainty, know that God’s love and grace for you will always be present and will never change.
Living in God’s amazing grace,
Pastor Matthew Groenke