October is a wonderful month. Ever since I was a little kid, I loved October. Could it be because my birthday is in October? Hmm. Actually, I enjoy this month for the crisp mornings and mild days. I enjoy this month for the changes that take place outdoors, especially the change in the colors of the trees. I like this month, also, for the activity that happens. And, there are a lot of things that will happen starting in October throughout the Church.

October is the month we, as Lutheran Christians, celebrate the Reformation. The Protestant Reformation began with Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Wittenberg on October 31, 1517 as an attempt to reform the Catholic Church, effected by Western European Catholics who opposed what they perceived as false doctrines and Church malpractice — especially the teaching and the sale of indulgences and the selling and buying of clerical offices — that the Reformers saw as evidence of the widespread corruption of the Church’s hierarchy, which included the Pope. The Protestant Church, and the Lutheran Church in particular, have been forming and reforming ever since.

October is a month when the Church looks inward and answers the call to fund the needs of the Church. Returning that which is already God’s is a way to serve the One who first came to serve us. At the October 28th and October 31st services, we will return these gifts by placing our pledges at the Altar where they will be dedicated to our commitment to serving God and all those in need.

October is a wonderful month. A month to show our love to God and all God’s children through the many opportunities to serve and worship. May we also take time this month to relish and enjoy the beauty of God’s wonderful creation, whether it’s the changing of the trees, the frost of the morning, or the laughter and conversation of God’s children. October sure is a wonderful month.

October is a month to reflect on what Martin Luther teaches and to appreciate his down-to-Earth style of speaking. Let’s end this article with a few memorable quotations from Brother Martin:

“Whoever sticks his nose in every corner will get it stuck.”
“If God has no sense of humor, I don’t want to go to Heaven.”
“Many hands make easy work.”
“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.”
“In big ponds you find big fish; in small ponds good fish.

Blessings this 501st Anniversary of the Reformation!

Peace, Pastor Bruce