There are all sorts of reasons it’s a bad idea to “celebrate” Reformation Sunday. Here are just a few:
- It comes across as boasting – “Our church is better than your church.”
- It happened a really long time ago (almost 500 years now) and people are much more interested in what’s on the horizon than in the rear-view mirror. Just ask the creators of legwarmers and 8-tracks.
- It celebrates a call to change – uncomfortable and constant change – who really wants that?
Some think it’s best not to mention the Reformation and move on. A good argument could certainly be made for that.
But there are also a few reasons why celebrating the Reformation is quite spectacular. We celebrate the Reformation:
- Because it challenges us, the church, to be about Christ and not ourselves.
- So that we can spend a day intentionally singing our gratitude that God is not finished with us yet.
- Because it ties us to those faithful folks who proclaimed with courage that the cross of Christ is enough.
- Because it moves us to remember that we are created in God’s image and being re-formed, made new, every day in the gift of Holy Baptism and the power of the Holy Spirit.
- My personal favorite: Because it reminds us that GOD IS FAITHFUL even when we are not!
Join us this Reformation Sunday! We’ll sing, pray, be fed at Christ’s table, hear the Word and remember together that GOD IS FAITHFUL. Not bad, right? Oh, and there’s a bounce house, too…just sayin’…
See you Sunday!