If you will allow me a moment to explain, you may enjoy this moment we shared at church today.
Our pastor, Rev. Judd Ludder, began telling us “We will have a visit from Dr. Martin Luther on Reformation Sunday.” It was a day to pull out our red for sure, but, knowing that the veil between the living and the dead isn’t that thin, we wondered what he might be up to since he wasn’t known to be an outright fibber.
However, Pastor Ludder is known for great sermons full of insight straight from the Word of our Lord that always succeeds in further enlightenment for our journey as Christians. I’m saying he always fulfills my weekly need to replenish my soul during worship on Sunday mornings. Not only does he provide details about the surrounding times of the Scripture, but we are assured of getting the meaningful message God intends us to hear.
Okay, so, how he pulled off this trick of bringing Dr. Luther to us was actually by way of his disappearing and returning in costume. The congregation loved it.
Could he have just talked about the history of the Reformation? Could he have reminded us of Martin Luther’s reasons and the path he took? But, I ask you, “would it have been as absorbing?” Pastor Ludder put us in the frame of mind of hearing the history as if we were actually hearing it from the man himself. I heard it anew, myself, in a new light, on a more personal level of understanding of the person Luther was. It helps to comprehend how the Lutheran church was formed, not to put down the Catholic Church, but to turn it around to be what the Bible intended. At that time in history the Catholic Church was making a mockery of the religion and preying on the faithful, disregarding God’s true intention for the believers by selling forgiveness. Today, we are grateful to enjoy a close relationship between our churches, both headed in the direction of God’s intention for us.
It’s always a good thing to learn more about our history and I, for one, am thankful to Pastor Ludder for his “visual aide” this morning. His messages always inspire me, whether I need scolding or encouraging, he says tells the truth that I’m sure Jesus wants me to hear. This man is truly led by the Holy Spirit.
God bless Pastor Ludder and God bless Joy Lutheran Church.
Hugs to all my friends and followers. Hope your Reformation Sunday was as eventful in such a positive way for you as it was for me.