This is the First reading for Reformation Sunday. Why? Because it speaks of the "Eternal Gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on the earth." The GOSPEL is what the Reformation was all about, and what it is still about 499 years later. Next year we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In 1517, on All Hallows Eve (Halloween), Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses (If you don't know what the 95 theses are you're not a real Lutheran. hehe Just google it.) to the Castle church door in Wittenberg where he was a professor. It set off a firestorm that would not be quenched. Our church is a product of it. Your real, authentic, grace based faith is a product of it.
Because of the Holy Spirit working through the Word and bringing the Gospel to light in and through Luther, you have the Gospel, the good news that Jesus suffered, died and rose again to take away your sins. Before Luther the New Testament was only in Latin. Luther translated it into German. Before Luther only the priest had the knowledge of Scripture and they usually kept it for themselves. After Luther, all people had the opportunity to know the Gospel and all of God's Word fully!
The world is still full of people who have not heard the truth of the Gospel. It is full of people who are going to hell unless they hear and believe the good news. We have the same opportunities that Luther did. We are able, just among our own sphere of influence, to give the Gospel to those who are perishing eternally without it.
Get to work! Be intentional about inviting people to worship! Get to worship yourself! Care for people in their times of need so that you may have a way into their heart to share the good news. Love people! FORGIVE PEOPLE!! Give that peace that passes all understanding! Get to work and share the Gospel so that the whole number of believers will be achieved and Jesus can finally come back and restore everything to what it should be.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, move my heart, hands, feet, and mouth to bring the Gospel to the whole earth. Amen.
Tues- Quilting 9-2
Wed- Oak Pointe Worship 10am; Choir 7pm
Thurs- Karate 5:30-7:30; Lutheranism 101 6:30pm
Fri- Newsletter assembly 9am
Sat- Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Chapel 11; Bible Study with Kelsey noon; WORK DAY NOON-5pm
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Abby Vossen 11- Gus Klaustermeier
Ushers- Charlie Figura, Jason Figura, Brett Nordwald, Erv Yoder
Altar- Set up- Cheri' Hofeldt ; Clean Up- John and Anna Hoenig
Elders- Sat- Charlie Figura; 8:30- Don Turnure; 11- Dave Winter
Greeters- 8:30- Tom and Pam Linke; 11- Dave and Lil Winter
Lay Readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier 8:30- Amber Vossen; 11- Stephanie Owenby
Piano- Sat- Molly Hendershot; Sun 11- Rachel Fisher
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: No projection this week (Projector will be fixed this Sunday during the work day and will be ready for use for Nov. 6)
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Where is Capernaum? (I'll leave it up for another day.)
There will be plenty to do on that day for everyone.
1. Remove wooden enclosure that houses aluminum recycling
2. Trim bushes around church building
3. Cut down tree in the playground area]
4. Replace bulb and/or ballast in light by back door of preschool area
5. Clean the sink in the janitor's closet in the preschool area
6. Repair and/or replace exhaust fans in preschool bathrooms
If you have any questions or anything you'd like added to the list, please contact Brett Nordwald at 636-359-4400