Way to Go!
As I write, I’m listening to grandparents struggling with their toddler. Over and over, they say, “Don’t do this! Don’t do that! No, Mikey! No, No, No!”
Personally, I love how Luther explains and turns the Commandments from a list of no, no’s into an invitation to come to know God’s power and grace more intimately in the everyday circumstances of life: the demands and distractions of competing priorities (idols), our deep need for rest and a breath of fresh air (Sabbath), the struggle to care for aging parents and participate as citizens (honor your parents). Issues of envy and greed, anger vs. care for the neighbor, faithfulness in marriage, and guarding the tongue all become invitations to trust the sufficiency of God and move into life with confidence and generous courage. They’re a great Way to Go in any season.
Maybe summer seems a strange time to consider the Ten Commandments, but God says, “keep these words that I’m commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise…” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7) So they’re good traveling fare!
And then, 500 years ago (Happy 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, folks!), our founder Martin Luther wrote of his “Small Catechism” (a “brief teaching” for home use that considers the 10 Commandments, Lord’s Prayer, Creed, Baptism, and Communion) that it is the minimum of knowledge required of a Christian, “Therefore, it is the duty of every head of a household to examine his children and servants at least once a week and ascertain what they have learned of it, and if they do not know it, to keep them faithfully at it.” (The Large Catechism, “Preface”) Now there’s a challenge for all of us! Are your servants well-taught, Friends? J
So join us for worship whenever you’re in town, check out posted sermons, and for deeper study, find a copy of Luther’s Large Catechism and see what our founding teacher wrote firsthand—it’s pithy and brief, an altogether refreshing read!
This fall, we’ll build on the basics with more of Luther’s Catechisms and the most influential and transformative insights of the Reformation. Happy Reformation 500, Faith! ~Pastor Brenda