Pastoral Letter

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God.” (Hebrews 13:7)

Dear Zion,

Grace and peace to you through God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Birthdays, anniversaries, special trips or graduations: in our families, we remember these events because they forever shape who we are or how we experience life. In the family of God, we do something similar.

When God acts, He changes our lives forever, and the Church lives to remember those acts. It’s part of how we thank and praise Him. This year provides one special opportunity for doing so: the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.

Does it matter to you and me? Stop and consider: on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther published “95 theses” (or statements) arguing for a freer proclamation of the forgiveness of sins in Christ’s name. Does it matter to sinners like you and me? It sure does.

That single event sparked several years of reformation that resulted in you: the Lutheran church, dedicated to comforting all sinners with the promise of salvation through Christ’s merit alone. All that we do, from word to sacrament to service, grows from and reaches toward that promise.

Please mark your calendars now for a number of upcoming events that will help us remember and praise God for this good work of reformation:

Sunday, October 1: Reformation Hymn Festival, 3 PM
Featuring Robert Hobby and Michael Costello

Sundays in October: Sermon Series: “By Faith: God Reforms His Church”

Sunday, October 29: Reformation Sunday with Luther’s Chorale Service
at both 9 AM and 11 AM

Fall, to be announced: What is the Lutheran Church Really? (3 sessions)

Thanks be to God for His mighty and saving acts! Peace!

Pastor Gjerde