Join Us For Reformation Sunday 2018

History recounts that on October 31st, 1517, an Augustinian monk came to the castle door of Wittenberg, Germany. There, he nailed notes for disputation to the door to debate issues rising up within the Holy Catholic Church.

The monk was Martin Luther, the notes were his 95 Theses, and the rest is the story of one of the greatest religious changes in history, in the Protestant Reformation.

We Christians at Zion consider ourselves the blessed recipients of this Reformation, and on the last Sunday of October want to pause to thank God for His work in our history. We want to invite you this Sunday!

Events

DoctrineSalvation_BannerThere are several opportunities to participate in. Zion’s Sunday school program begins at 9:15, and the adult Sunday school class will wrap up their discussion of the Bible of the Reformation on free will, predestination, and God’s purposes. All are welcome to join them!

Worship
At 10:30, all are invited to the Divine Worship Service. Like Reformation Day services in the past, we will use a special liturgy that reflects the impact of godly servants in the past. The sermon will be preached from II Thessalonians 2:13 – 17. The songs of the service will reflect the various branches of the Reformation, including Genevan psalms, Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” and more.

One thing that stands out to many who visit us for Reformation Sunday is how participatory the old Reformed liturgy was. We hope you will join us!

Program
ReformationSunday2018At 7pm, please come back to join us for refreshments, hot apple cider, and lively discussion! We will have all ages present. Later, Pastor Brian will lead a discussion on “Marks That Matter,” a bracing look at how the Bible describes some of the things we care most deeply about as Christians. All are welcome.

Resources

There are a number of benefits to take advantage of as well. Here are a few:

Luther Movie
If you are unfamiliar with what God did in Martin Luther’s life, perhaps this is the time of year to watch this Hollywood adaption. Below is a scene from one of the important events in Luther’s life:

Former Reformation Days at Zion: 2014 2012 2011

Alliance Resources:
Reformation: Recovering the Essence of the Gospel (2017 Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology)
Theology, Confessions & Reform

Ligonier Resources:
ligonier_flat_thumbWhy The Reformation Still Matters
What is Reformation Day?

About blund

Brian J. Lund is minister of Word & Sacrament at Zion Evangelical & Reformed Church. You can follow him at his website or @BrianJLund.
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