Friday, October 25, 2013

Some thoughts on Reformation Sunday...

This coming Sunday, October 27, our Lutheran church community here in the Illawarra will be celebrating the Reformation. A time when we remember Martin Luther and his call to reform the church, as well as the message of God's grace that found voice in the church again through his writings and preaching and teaching.

Lately, I must confess, I have been somewhat concerned about the Lutheran church and this Sunday seems to be a good time to remember that we are a 'reforming' church not a 'reformed' church. The work that Luther was part of in the 1500s still continues today.  So this might be a good time to look around the Lutheran Church and start asking questions. Questions like:

Where and how is the church in need of reformation today?

Are there practices that we have within the church which are hindering the gospel and the growth of faith in the lives of people?

How clearly are we proclaiming the message of God's grace and are we proclaiming freely and openly to everyone?

What needs to be done better in our lives as individuals and as faith community?

I could of course also add questions about women's ordination, Gay/Lesbian/Bi's in the faith community, and a whole lot more, but I think most of us know many of the questions.  Maybe we should stop being too afraid to ask them...and expect some answers when we do.