Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Reflecting

"Martin Luther . . . entered a monastery as a youth, and . . . as a man, shattered the structure of the medieval church. Luther spoke out against the corrupt religious practices then existing. He demanded that the authority for doctrine and practice be Scriptures, rather than Popes or Councils, roared across the face of the world and ignited the Great Reformation. Accused of heresy and threatened with excommunication and death, Luther maintained his bold stand and refused to recant. In his crusade the eliminate religious abuses, he did more than any other man to establish the Protestant faith."       Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland H. Bainton, copyright 1950 by Pierce and Smith.


Martin Luther

Luther rose is a widely recognized symbol for Lutheranism. This seal was designed by Dr. Martin Luther while teaching at Wittenberg, and it has become the primary emblem of the Lutheran Church. Comprising it are: the black cross, for faith in Christ crucified; the red heart, for faith in the Saviour; the white rose, to show that faith causes joy, consolation and peace; the blue sky, to denote that such joy of faith in the spirit is the beginning of heavenly joy to come; and the golden ring surrounding all, to signify that such bliss in heaven is endless.


30 June, 2019

SERMON

Lent is an opportunity to examine our lives and how we live up to the expectations that we have for ourselves—as believers and followers of Christ.  It’s kind of scary, because looking inside is scary.  To honestly search is to unflinchingly look at the foundations on which we have built our lives. What do we hope to achieve?  What do we measure ourselves against?  How will we know if we have lived up to our baptismal promises?  God’s promises that were pronounced upon us and for us in our baptism?  


Make no mistake about it.  We are held to a higher standard than anyone else on this planet.  We, the followers of Christ, are the ones that bring the light of Christ to the world.  That is done in a constant and purposeful clinging to God at every moment.  Always the question may be: “Am I fulfilling God’s purpose for me at this time, in this place?”


READINGS FOR JULY

Sunday July 7

Isaiah 66:10-14

 10Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her,
  all you who love her;
 rejoice with her in joy,
  all you who mourn over her—
 
11that you may nurse and be satisfied
  from her consoling breast;
 that you may drink deeply with delight
  from her glorious bosom.

 
12For thus says the Lord:
 I will extend prosperity to her like a river,
  and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream;
 and you shall nurse and be carried on her arm,
  and dandled on her knees.
 
13As a mother comforts her child,
  so I will comfort you;
  you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

 
14You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice;
  your bodies shall flourish like the grass;
 and it shall be known that the hand of the Lord is with his servants,
  and his indignation is against his enemies.

30 June, 2019

The Rose of Luther

Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.