Pastor’s Prattle

October 2022

October is a very important month for Lutherans.  It’s the month that ends with the celebration of the Reformation, which began with Martin Luther’s courageous move to nail 95 points for debate on the church door in Wittenburg on the night before everyone had to be at All Saints’ worship.

One of the things that came out of the Reformation is the focus on what is truly important about our Christian faith.  It is summed up in the three “Solas”:  Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia – Scripture alone, Faith alone, Grace alone.  Luther discovered in his study of the book of Romans that we are saved purely by God’s grace, which is accessed only through faith in Jesus Christ.  This is the chief testimony of Scripture and the only source of real truth.

The lessons this month will focus our attention on faith.  Our trust in the promises of God is, and always has been through the ages, the only way to a right relationship with God and access to eternal life.  In the midst of all that the world throws at us to distract us from God, he promises to strengthen our faith in order to be able to stand against them.  This we will celebrate all month.

In keeping with this theme, our hymn of the month is “By Faith” by Keith and Kristyn Getty.  It reminds us of the importance and power of faith in our lives. 

Here is the chorus:
“We will stand as children of the promise
We will fix our eyes on him our soul’s reward
Till the race is finished and the work is done
We’ll walk by faith and not by sight.”

We will sing this song each week during the month, as a reminder of how we access the grace of God through Jesus Christ.  I encourage you to go to YouTube and listen to the song.  And then on the last Sunday, we will celebrate the Reformation under the theme “By Grace, By Faith.”

May your faith be strengthened as the Scriptures teach us about God’s faithfulness to us and remind us of the promise of the Life that awaits us.

Pastor Jim