Monday, October 31, 2011

Reformation Day!

This morning I was going along my merry way of getting ready for work.  I was thinking about tonight and the great Halloween trick-or-treating bonanza.  Then I saw a friend's Facebook status: "Happy Reformation Day :) On this day Martin Luther forever changed the future of the church."  I can't believe that I had almost forgotten one of THE most important dates in church history.

Here's a little blurb I found on this site: Reformation Day is an important liturgical festival that is celebrated by Lutherans and Christians of many Protestant denominations.  It commemorates Dr. Martin Luther's posting of his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517.  This act triggered the movement in world history known as the Reformation.  While the historical date for the observance of Reformation is October 31st, most churches celebrate it on the last Sunday in October.  

What a moment to remember!  If he hadn't done this, would I now have the opportunity to worship in a church of my choice today?  It's something to think about that's for sure.

In honor of Reformation Day, let me give you a chance to listen to this fine piece of music by Phil Driscoll, penned by Martin Luther.

Here are the lyrics:

A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing.
Our helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe.
His craft and power are great,
And, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing,
Were not the right man on our side,
The man of God's own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He.
Lord Sabboth, his name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us.
The Prince of Darkness grim,
We tremble not for him.
His rage we can endure,
For lo, his doom is sure.
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers
Not thanks to them, abideth.
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also.
The body they may kill,
God's truth abideth still.
His kingdom is forever...

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