Sunday, October 27
The Lord’s Day
Minute for Mission: Reformation Sunday
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Church historians identify his act as the spark that ignited the Protestant Reformation.
Today, more than 750 Reformed communities with millions of Christians are scattered worldwide, proclaiming in word and deed the good news of God’s irresistible grace and mercy through Jesus Christ.
It is difficult to imagine that Luther could have envisioned that his small but bold act would launch a reformation of such magnitude. But turning the ordinary into the extraordinary is a common theme running throughout the story of God’s interaction with the people of God.
To a denomination amid dramatic change comes the question, “How many loaves have you?”
How one answers depends on one’s perspective. For those with a theology of scarcity, the answer is, “Not enough.” For those with a theology of abundance, the response is, “Where God is involved, there is always enough.”
One of the ways Presbyterians have multiplied limited resources a hundredfold throughout history is to partner with other Reformed communities—combining efforts to proclaim the gospel, feed the hungry, confront injustice, work for peace, and much more.
The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) is an example of what can happen when efforts are combined. Well over 200 Protestant churches in over 100 countries are part of WCRC, including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). One of WCRC’s core callings is “to renew a passion among Reformed Christians for God’s mission, both witness and service, in a spirit of partnership and unity” (www.wcrc.ch/node/35).
A theology not of scarcity but of abundance. The psalmist reminds us of the magnitude of our abundant God: “You crown the year with your bounty; . . . the pastures of the wilderness overflow, . . . the valleys deck themselves with grain.” (Ps. 65:11–13). May it be so!
—Rev. Sharon K. Youngs, former assistant stated clerk, communications coordinator, Office of the General Assembly
Let us pray
God of the ages, we celebrate this day the roots of the Protestant Reformation. Continue to move your people forward in unity of faith and purpose. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Sunday Lectionary and Hymns
Breathe on Me, Breath of God
PH 316, HB 235
Praise Is Your Right, O God, in Zion
2 Tim. 4:6-8, 16-18
Guide My Feet
O Savior, in This Quiet Place