Our family story as Lutherans stretches back 499 years. According to one account, Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic priest and theologian, nailed his 95 Theses to the door of All Saints' Church in Wittenburg, Germany on Oct. 31, 1517. The 95 Theses were scholarly points of conversation and disagreement that called into question some of the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Luther never intended to leave the Roman Catholic Church, simply to Re-form it. The Reformers emphasis on grace, the priesthood of all believers (each of us has the opportunity to be "little christs" to one another), and Luther's translation of the scriptures into German, the common language of the day, are foundational principles for us today. God's grace is primary and accepts all. We all are called to love and serve as Christ. We love and serve in the unique language and context of our time.
At Peace, we use this important day as our Commitment Sunday, where our members formally make their annual financial commitment to the Church, by bringing in their pledge cards. During Worship, a special time is made for members to come forward to present their pledge cards and receive a blessing.
We can wear red that day as a reminder of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit's work to constantly re-form the church in our time.