Reformation Day – 95 Theses

Wittenberg Door

Reformation Sunday is October 27

We will gather this weekend, October 26 and 27, for worship as we usually do.  Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.  Our theme for the day will be Reformation Day.  We will remember and give thanks for the ministry of Martin Luther and the Reformers of the 1500s.  We choose this date because it is the final Sunday in October, and the Sunday in October closest to Reformation Day (October 31).  That is the date on which Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the castle church door in Wittenberg, in what is now Germany.

We have a permanent spot on our church web site which has a modern translation of Luther’s 95 Theses, as well we a brief explanation of the major themes.  You are invited to click on this link to view that page.  A printed version of this same information is available at the church in the Narthex/lobby.

Another part of our celebration of Reformation Sunday/Weekend is that we will display our Martin Luther Banner.  This will be on the banner stand, just to the left as you face the altar at MLLC.  Here is a catalog image of that banner.

Martin Luther Banner

 

Reformation 500 Festival in Brenham

Here I Stand Reformation

Area Lutheran Churches are working together in various ways to help celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.  This is when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Castle Church Door in Wittenberg, Germany.

This photo shows the door as it is today.  The original door was destroyed long ago in a war.

Wittenberg Door

Here I Stand…

500th Anniversary of the Reformation

The ELCA churches of the Brazos Valley have united to host a celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

 

Workshops on the Reformation and Justice                    

Saturday, Oct. 28th, 9am-12pm       

Come learn more about how the Reformation connects with matters of justice in our world today, and how we as Christians are called to stand for God’s justice. (hosted at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham)

See the details of each workshop listed later in this article.

 

Reformation Worship at the Brenham High School Auditorium                      

Sunday, Oct. 29th, 10:30am

Several ELCA churches in the Brenham area are gathering for one huge, Spirit-filled worship, at the Brenham High School Auditorium.

Lunch to follow at 12pm in the BHS Cafeteria, $10 tickets can be purchased at any participating ELCA church.

MLLC will have its regularly scheduled services this weekend (Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday at 10:00 a.m.)

 

 

Workshops on Justice and the Reformation

In celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Saturday, October 28th, 9am-12pm

Hosted at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brenham

 

This will be a morning of workshops with guest presenters that tie themes from Matthew 25.31-46 with the famous words of Martin Luther: “Here I Stand.” The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about the needs of our local communities and ways to live out God’s justice.

Here I Stand… with the Thirsty: Sam Brannon will speak on “The Future of Water in Texas.” Texas is slated to double its population in 50 years. In a state prone to lengthy droughts, planning for the supply, usage, and conservation of the public water supply is foundational to a healthy future.

Here I Stand… with the Stranger: Join Bishop Michael Rinehart of the ELCA Gulf Coast Synod as he discusses the work of the Lutheran Immigration and Refuge Service (LIRS) and the response of the Christian church to the needs and challenges of immigrants in our world today.  Explore ways in which congregations and individuals can minister to immigrants in different settings and situations.

Here I Stand… with the Naked: Dr. Phebe Simmons, Ed.D, Program Director for Family Promise, Bryan/College Station. Family Promise is an area-wide, volunteer-based, non-profit organization that supports homeless families with children by providing shelter, meals and support services as they work toward self-sufficiency to provide a home for themselves. Dr. Phebe Simmons has been serving as the director of this program since June, 2010.

Here I Stand… with the Sick: “When was it that we saw you sick?” The Rev Carol E. Peterson is an ordained Episcopal Deacon and Faith Community Nurse with many years of experience bridging issues related to health and spirituality. She will first review the historical role of the universal church in ministering to the sick. Participants will then explore the ways faith communities of today provide a wide range of ministries related to health, healing and wholeness.  The group will then identify a variety of practical ways that each one of us can minister to the person in front of us who is dealing with health challenges.

Here I Stand… with the Prisoner: with Daniel Lund, a Synodically Authorized Worship Leader (SAWL) from The Church of the Damascus Road. Daniel Lund will share his experiences in prison ministry as both a lay volunteer in prison ministry, and now as the SAWL & Director of Church of the Damascus Road, a prison ministry in Weatherford, TX. He will also offer ways anyone can become involved in serving in jails and prisons for the Kingdom of God.

Here I Stand… with the Hungry: Mike Bell with Rise Against Hunger will be doing a presentation on issues surrounding hunger and then lead participants in packing send-home meals that will be distributed in local communities. This will be an interactive, service-based workshop.

 

Sponsored by: the Brenham Mission Society and ELCA churches of the Brazos Valley

 

Labor Day Weekend at MLLC

 

people working

by Pastor David Tinker

New Sunday Schedule

Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship at 9:45 a.m.

Worship on September 4 will be in the Fellowship Hall at MLLC.  This is the older, white building on the north side of the church campus.  On future weeks we will resume gathering for worship in the sanctuary – the brick building on the south side of the church campus.

Sunday, September 4 (Labor Day Weekend) will be the first day of our new schedule for Shared Ministry with Waldeck Lutheran Church.  Including September 4, worship at Waldeck will be at 8:00 a.m. each week, and worship at MLLC will be at 9:45 each week.  We will continue our 2nd and 4th Saturday services each month at 6:00 p.m. at MLLC.

 

A National Holiday

The beginning of September brings a Holy Day of sorts for all of us.  Labor Day is a civic holiday to celebrate the opportunity for work.  As Lutheran Christians we go deeper with this and view all work as part of God’s calling and his provision of our daily bread.  All Christians are doing the work of God, regardless of where or what they do in their honorable vocation in life.

 

Luther and Christian Vocation

A few years ago I discovered a concise statement written by a fellow Lutheran pastor regarding the Lutheran Christian understanding of vocation.  Here is an excerpt of what Pastor Samuel Schuldheisz, Redeemer Lutheran Church (LC-MS) of Huntington Beach, CA, writes, “… our earthly vocations or “stations in life” as Luther called them are fruits of our heavenly calling as God’s children in baptism. The purpose of vocation is to love and serve the neighbor in the particular stations in life that God has called us to whether we are a husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, teacher, student, etc. We don’t live life hidden in a corner. This was the danger of many priests and monks in the Reformation era. Many taught that the highest form of Christian living was to become a monk and live in a monastery. Luther wrote extensively against this false teaching as he re-discovered the doctrine of vocation and began to teach and preach about its necessity in the Christian life. Luther taught that on one level, there is no difference between monk and magistrate or priest and plumber. Each Christian is called according to God’s Word and Spirit, regardless of what their status in society is. This means that God’s calling of a Roadkill Collector is just as holy as God’s calling to be a pastor.

The difference is the office and duties that are unique to each vocation. For example, the pastoral office is not the office of school teacher, just as the office of father is not the same as the office of mother. Each vocation, or calling from God, has particular and unique duties attached to it. This is how God works in, with, and under the ordinary means of this life to accomplish His good and gracious will, physically and spiritually.”

 

Dressing the Part

To celebrate this blessing of vocation we will be taking the Sunday of Labor Day weekend to give thanks for the blessings of daily bread, of work, of school, of family, etc.  To enhance our time together you are invited to wear the clothes or uniform of your current, pre-retirement, or planned for vocation (such as students seeking to enter a certain career).  No matter what, know that we will be giving thanks for, and honoring, all that God has called each of us to do as part of his greater work in the world.  Know that who each of us is and what God has called and equipped each of us to do is important.  On Sunday, September 4, we will take time to give thanks for all which God calls and equips us to do.

 

Food and Fellowship

As part of this we will have a pot-luck lunch following worship.  The committee in charge of this event will provide sloppy-Joe sandwiches and condiments, along with beverages.  You are invited to bring a side, salad or dessert to share.  Think of this as a Labor Day picnic event.

 

We look forward to seeing you September 4 and on other Sundays in the weeks to come.