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.


12 July, 2017

Sunday, October 29

 "With the phrase 'faith alone,' Luther excluded all human preconditions for receiving God's mercy, so that faith itself can never be a 'work' we do for God but a relationship God establishes with us through word and sacrament. That is why his explanation of the third article of the Apostles' Creed in the Small Catechism begins: 'I believe that ... I cannot believe.' "


For 49 more things you may not know about Luther, click on the "Reformation" tab at livinglutheran.org.   

Beatitude

CHAPTER 6


1 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 "Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 
Have you ever thought about to whom the beatitudes were addressed? Bonhoeffer seems pretty certain that the beatitudes were pointed straight at the disciples. The account says that, seeing the multitudes, Jesus went up on a mountain. His disciples are gathered around him and the phrase “then he opened his mouth” indicates that there was a pause, some time passed.
Place yourself in that setting: The crowds were pressed around and Jesus has retreated a little. He’s found a place to sit and pulled all the disciples around him in a huddle. He looks at each one of you in turn. Silence. Something signifigant is about to happen.


12 July, 2017

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.