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We are a Gospel-centered community of people blessed by God to be a blessing to others.
Highlights of our upcoming events:
Wednesday night activities have begun.
-A delicious meal will be served at 5:45 p.m., followed by the POP Kids club, Confirmation class, and the Adult Bible class.
Please join us for a time of learning and fellowship.
Sunday, October 29 is a special day!
-We are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the day that Martin Luther posted the 95 theses. Join us in Fellowship Hall between services
for lots of fun and informative activities.
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This month's letter from Pastor Roger Osbeck
"Beware of practicing your piety bfore others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the
hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your
left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secrret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you."
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We've been talking about it for almost two years. Now, the time has arrived; the 500th anniversary of the Reformation Movement, October 31, 2017.
Special community celebration opportunities have been advertised in the August and September Parish Visitors, as well as this month. We will have our own commemorations at Prince of Peace,
beginning Wednesday, October 25, 6:30 p.m. with a special presentation on Music of the Reformation, (specifically, Martin Luther's) by our organist, Peggy Brown.
Peggy has done extensive research on the subject and has given well-received talks to various groups in the past. We hope you will come and join us in the sanctuary that evening following our usual
Wednesday meal. We will also have activities on Sunday, October 29, including educational stations, games, and a visit from Martin and Katie Luther (or their facsimiles).
Five young people will be affirming their faith in Confirmation, during worship, as well.
The Reformation took place as a result of active protests against the Roman Catholic Church of the day. The need for protesting arose as serious abuses of authority were unveiled and passed along in print to educate the masses.
Luther was motivated by the truths he discovered reading the Bible, and stirred to action by the Holy Spirit. He felt the Spirit is that which should move every Christian to do good, as revealed in his exposition of Matthew 6 1-4 (printed above) from 1523:
Whoever wants to be a Christian must make up his mind neither to undertake nor to discontinue any good work on the basis of what other people think but only as a means of serving God through his office or station,
his money or goods, or whatever other possessions or abilities he may have, doing what he can to His glory, although he may never merit any thanks for it on earth at all...
When this insight and understanding is absent, there no really good works are possible. Instead, a person becomes impatient, disturbs has own peace, and lets himself be overcome
by the shameful ingratitude of the world. Thus this good work is destroyed and disappears, and it becomes clear that he was doing it not out of regard for God but out of regard for people. For that matter, if I had not known this, I would have given the world its walking papers long ago and let
it go to the devil rather than let it hear a single word from me. But the important thing here is not the world but our dear Father in Heaven. Because of our love for Him and because of His glory and honor we shall preach and do good. The
rest of the world hates Him, it shamefully despises and blasphemes Him and it does everything possible to oppose Him and vex Him.
The lasting impact of the Reformation, I believe, is a sign that Luther was truly acting, not for his own merit, but for the glory and honor of
God. As we continue to grow into maturity as a Church, I pray the Holy Spirit keeps our hearts and minds on these truths as God ushers the Kingdom of God into eternity.
Peace to you. See you in church.
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