My wife, Sonya, and I have a morning ritual. We get up, make coffee, get the newspaper, and then sit down to pray with each other. In our worship services in church, we end each petition with the words “Lord, in your mercy” and the congregation responds, “Hear our prayer.” At home, when Sonya and I are praying, we are just as likely to end each petition with a slurp of coffee (which, for those of us who grew up Lutheran, seems kind of appropriate).
If I were to ask you what it means to be Lutheran, how would you answer? For many of us who come from many generations of being Lutheran, it is a cultural thing, like coffee, Swedish meatballs if you are Swedish or brats and beer if you are German. For others, we think of a particular type of worship or music, belting out the hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” But, of course, being Lutheran is more than just being part of a particular culture; it is more than just singing beautiful music written hundreds of years ago. Being Lutheran is being in relationship with God in and through a particular set of understandings about God and God’s love for us.
As we culminate our month-long celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, join us as we celebrate what the reformation teaches us about God's grace-filled love for us through Jesus Christ.
Come and see. Come and worship. Saturday at 5:00. Sunday at 9:00 & 10:35