Reformation Sunday

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Rooted in the past and growing into the future, the church must always be reformed in order to live out the love of Christ in an ever-changing world. We celebrate the good news of God’s grace, that Jesus Christ sets us free every day to do this life-transforming work. Trusting in the freedom given to us in baptism, we pray for the church, that Christians will unite more fully in worship and mission.

Readings

Jeremiah 31:31-34
I will write my law in their hearts, says the Lord

Psalm 46
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold

Romans 3:19-28
Justified by God’s grace as a gift

John 8:31-36
Jesus says, Continue in my word and you will know the truth

Worship Themes and Music

Reformation Sunday is a time when we recall that God’s word is the ultimate authority when it comes to salvation. We proclaim that we are saved by grace through faith and that the author of that grace is God in Jesus Christ. As a Christ-centered community, we call each other to rely on the word of God spoken to us through the scriptures. And, as the psalmist tells us, “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.”

Our hymn of the day “That Priceless Grace” may be a little less familiar, but is a beautiful song that sings of the priceless grace that we have been afforded through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Also, we will of course sing that Reformation hymn that comes to us from Martin Luther, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” This week we also have a choir anthem put together in a socially-distanced way. Many hands and voices have gone into making music for church this week!

Reflection Questions

How has the church been reformed in the last 9 months? What about this reformation has been tough for you? What has been life-giving?

Sharing the gospel message can be tough if you aren’t used to it. In what ways can you “Continue in [Jesus] word”? What does knowing truth look like for you?

Dr. Adam Lefever Hughes

Director of Music

As the Director of Music, I help the St. Peter’s community proclaim the gospel story and share the goodness of God through worship and music.

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