As we begin to step into the Fall season together, this year will be a bit different than what we have experienced in the past. As you know, this year is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
There have been many activities to prepare us for this celebration in October. We’ve studied together to try to grasp a sense of the historic impact that the Reformation had on the world. I even had a chance to travel to Germany this summer to walk in Martin Luther’s footsteps. We will have more opportunities to gather and learn this Fall. And indeed, we will celebrate Reformation Sunday on October 29th.
We have gone through all of this preparation for a reason. We celebrate how we have arrived where we are, and ask a very critical question: What comes next? We cannot answer this question without God’s grace and direction, but where do we venture now that we see how God has brought us through all of these years.
This is a question to be answered through prayer and discernment. I invite you to this task. Spend time in prayer, asking God for discernment. My prayer is that when we gather together in our worship community, we will be filled with new energy and vision as we seek to be what we have been called to be: a community of believers, joyfully sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, our Savior.
We are part of God’s Kingdom as we usher in the next 500 years. Indeed, what is next?
Peace to you all,