“…since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” -Romans 3:23-24
On this day we celebrate the heart of our faith: the gospel of Christ—the good news—that makes us free! We pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to unite the church today in its proclamation and witness to the world. We give thanks for God’s work in his servant Martin Luther, who 500 years ago began to put in place a reformation that lifted the importance of scripture, faith and God’s grace.
May we, like our brother Martin, be faithful to God’s work in our lives and live into the grace bestowed on us in the waters of baptism, at the Lord’s table in communion, and poured into our ears through the Holy Scripture.
The Hymn of the Day at both Traditional and New Day Praise services will be A Mighty Fortress. Why do both traditional and praise worship setting have the same song? As the battle cry for Lutheranism and the reformation, Luther’s words echo across time and space to us here today on this 500th anniversary. We remember the great reforms that have already occurred and look to the reforms before us in the next 500 years.
For Your Home Devotion
The beloved Lutheran hymn sings about a mighty fortress and Psalm 46 refers to a refuge God offers us. In what ways do you experience God’s refuge and strength?
Martin Luther was known for the phrase “grace alone,” as in we are saved by God through grace, not by our own doing. Where do you see grace lived out in your life?