This year our acknowledgement of Reformation Sunday will not have quite the same excitement, anticipation and pageantry as did our observance of the quincentenary anniversary last year. After all not many folks take note of a 501st anniversary with great fanfare.
But observe it we shall. This annual recollection of Martin Luther and the other reformers is not just an historical exercise where we recite the key text from Romans, or walk around in a brown monk’s alb holding a long piece of paper and a wooden mallet searching for a door to nail the paper to. It is a bit more substantial than that.
Luther (Martin and Katie) and their colleagues revealed to the world our total dependence upon God’s grace, revealed our inability to live in loving faith without the power of the cross of Christ, and revealed how, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to give and provide out of our abundance for our family of faith, and our neighbors in all locations of God’s creation.
As it turns out, these themes also will show themselves in the gospel texts from the tenth chapter of Mark’s gospel, which we will hear and think about during the first three weeks of October. When heard separately, the texts from this chapter appear to speak to three different topics. But we need to consider them as a complete teaching unit of Jesus, as he journeys closer and closer to Jerusalem, and his fate as the savior of the world.
As always, your participation each week in sacred worship is essential in our life together as a family of faith. God bless you as you live out your call in service to our Lord.
Clifton D. Eshbach,
Sunday, November 4
at Camp Nawakwa
The Quilt Auction will be held at Camp Nawakwa on Sunday, November 4. We will carpool from the church right after Sunday School. Look for a clipboard sign-up sheet on the round table in the narthex if you are planning to go. There is a Silent Auction at 2 p.m. and the Quilt Auction begins at 3 p.m. Pastor Eshbach introduces each quilt and is our “master of ceremonies”. The money raised helps provide camp scholarships. An evening meal wraps up a fun afternoon at camp. See Patti LaPorte if you have any questions.
Wednesday, November 21 7:00 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Millersville
Mark Your Calendars now for…
Thanksgiving Eve Service!
The annual Thanksgiving Eve service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Millersville beginning at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 21st.
Thursday, December 6th
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Variety seems to have been the stuff of the summer, especially when it came to the weather. It was wet. It was pleasant. It got hot. It got hotter. It stopped raining. It stayed hot. It started raining. Too much rain. Became bearable. And it got hot again. It kept us on our toes.
As we turn the corner into the final one third of the year, variety will abound at Holy Spirit. The calendar in the middle of this newsletter will show you that. From our Rally Day, to our four-week Stewardship Pledge Campaign, to weekly Christian education classes for children and adults (including a presentation about our companion congregation in Tanzania), our third annual Blessing of the Animals Community Pet Event, as well as the Book Club, two Bible studies per week, Evening Prayer, choir rehearsals, and now bell choir rehearsals, plus the “usual suspects” of committee meetings, this place is jumping!
But let’s remember that all of these great things are motivated by our love of God, our devotion to Jesus, and the work of the Holy Spirit. Through our encounter with the Holy Trinity in our weekly word and sacrament worship, we hear God’s forgiving words, are sustained by Jesus in the bread and wine of the Holy Communion, and are propelled by the Holy Spirit into areas of service and care.
Wordship of God remains our defining, uniting activity. Join your family members of faith in our Sunday thanksgiving to God.
Clifton D. Eshbach,