The legendary account informs us that one cool October 31st, the eve of All Saints, in 1517, the Roman Catholic priest, Martin Luther, nailed a protest notice to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germnay. These Ninety-five Theses were practices he believed were not in keeping with the purpose and mission of the Church. These Theses, most likely sent to his Archbishop, were less a defiant protest, and more a sincere call for the Church to address some of the issues Luther felt had obscured the Gospel message.
Luther hoped for a discussion toward renewal of the Church, so that people might know the presence of the grace of God in their lives. This powerful message had fired his soul and he was so overflowing with joy after years of guilt that he was compelled to share with all he could. While the Reformation had profound and lasting impacts on the political, economic, social, literary, and artistic aspects of modern society, it was at its heart a religious movement. Little did Luther know the enormous impact on the world this one simple act would have.
We do not celebrate division. Rather we celebrate the movement of the Holy Spirit within the Church universal and in our own lives. It is THIS movement that brings us newness and renewal, ever-changing eyes, ever-opening hearts, and ever-widening circles.
Our greatest asset, our greatest gift to the world, our greatest challenge, is to live into our constant need and never-ending call to the process of reformation.
Come join us as we remember, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Marie Dentière, and the countless others who together changed the face of history and the direction of the entire Christian Church.