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October Pastor's Pen

Fall seems like it is finally coming. After the last few weeks of unseasonably warm weather I was wondering if we were going to skip the whole Fall thing and jump straight into Winter. Hopefully we will be able to enjoy a few weeks of open windows, no heating or air-conditioning, and the glorious colors of fall painted across hills and valleys.
 
Fall is a great time to remember things. We celebrate Homecoming at the schools we attended. We gather with friends around warm fires. We celebrate holidays with family – Halloween, and Thanksgiving. Fall is for me one of the happiest seasons.
 
This year at the end of the month we are remembering another special event: the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This year marks 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 complaints about the church to the castle church doors in Wittenburg. It had never been his intention to create a new church, simply to reform what he saw as failings in the existing church. Yet, his critique ended up creating a new branch of the Christian faith, a branch of which we are a part.
 
We are a church of the Reformation, a church that came to be out of a desire to look deeply at our practices and change those that were leading us farther away from God, those that placed an unnecessary burden on people, those that allowed those in positions of leadership and power to misuse those in less powerful positions. As such, not only should we be a church that was formed through reformation, we should be a church that is always in the state of reformation. Reformed, yet always reforming.
 
What are some of the ways you feel we need reforming? Is it the form of our worship services? Is it the way we do church? Is it our buildings? Is it how we interact with those of other faith traditions? Is it our inclusion of folks different than us? Is it our awareness of how minority groups should be part of our faith communities? Is it the way we treat children and youth, the way we do Sunday School? Maybe it's the size and way our bulletin is put together.
 
If you were to write your own list of grievances or areas of growth in the church (both locally at Zion, and within the wider Christian community), what are the things you would put on your list? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
 
With the Greatest of Hope!

Erik

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