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.


10 December, 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.   

Sermon

The Proclamation of John the Baptist



1 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare your way;
the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
    ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight,’”

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”


10 December, 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.