Here it finally is - 500 years ago this weekend Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. This act started a movement that would change the world! For life-long Lutherans, these things can provoke a sense of pride in our denomination, but Reformation Sunday is not “Lutheran Pride Day.” Instead it is a day focused on knowing God truthfully and in the process understanding who we are as people of faith and children of God in light of God’s unbelievable grace.
Luther spent a great deal of time trying to know who God was and to find ways of expressing what he came to know and believe so that others would know God too. Truth about God and our faith, as complex as it can seem, Luther ultimately described in a simple way. He wrote in his commentary on Galatians, "I do not bother my head with speculations about the nature of God. I simply attach myself to the human Christ, and I find joy, peace, and the wisdom of God in him."
The truth about God as shown in the person of Jesus is that God loves us and all the world without limits or conditions! That is the message of Reformation Sunday: God’s love is for us. It is a love that frees us and renews us as people of God and as members of the whole body of Christ. Come to worship on this momentous anniversary weekend as we celebrate God's clear and certain love for us in Jesus Christ.