The mission of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church is to love, welcome, nurture, and serve all people
by following the example of Jesus Christ.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sunday 10/28 - Reformation Sunday

Friday 10/26 6:30pm Family Game Night - Board games, jigsaw puzzles, and other non-electronic entertainments for children and adults, refreshments provided
Sunday 10/28 11am Reformation Sunday worship - wear red!

The most important concepts of the Lutheran Reformation are not easy to illustrate. Luther's understanding that God's love was boundless, God's grace was all-important, that there was nothing he could do to earn his way into heaven - By grace you have been saved through faith - don't translate readily into a picture.

But these portraits of Martin Luther and his wife Katharina von Bora help show one thing. As monk and nun, both were bound by vows to never marry. Yet in the ferment of Reformation and revolution, the church re-examined its understanding of how the church worked. Luther came to know a God of love and mercy, who was not seeking to damn him, but to free him.

They saw that the rules the church had made went beyond the rules God had given, which themselves were impossible to fully keep. "Love the Lord your God, and love your neighbor as yourself" defines a lifetime of practice. When Martin and Katies celibate vocations ended, God led them to practice love in marriage, a relationship to which many are called.

This Sunday we will listen to God's word and practice living in its light, Pr. Hans Arnesen preaching and presiding at a service of Holy Communion.

Grace & peace to you.

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
85 Wayne Street (btwn Barrow & Jersey Aves)
Downtown Jersey City

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