This sermon was delivered on Sunday, October 29, 2017, the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, by the Rev. Nancy Vogele at Our Savior Lutheran Church and Campus Ministry – Hanover, NH. The gospel reading was John 8:31-36
Let me begin with a few preliminary notes:
First, a HUGE “thank you” to all of you who made this celebration possible. Who practiced and practiced and practiced so our music is glorious. Who organized our luncheon and all who have brought food to share – and bread … and beer. A huge “thank you” to all who helped organize our numerous Reformation events, too. All of it brings us to this day. It is all God’s work and God needs our hands to make it visible. Thank you for making God’s work and grace and love visible.
It is a bit daunting as an Episcopal priest to be preaching on Reformation Sunday and not just any Reformation Sunday! I have read and read about the Reformation and this Sunday observance and I even collected a bunch of reformation themed phrases as inspiration. Phrases like: “Always reforming.” “Looking Back and Called Forward.” “Freed and Renewed in Christ” “500 years of God’s Grace in Action.” “Protest” and “Reform”. And yet, even with all these inspiring phrases, I was drawing a blank on how to focus this sermon.
And then I received an email this past week from a student writing for the Dartmouth Review. He wrote,
“Dear Pastor Vogele,
I am a contributor to The Dartmouth Review independent newspaper, and I’m writing an article for next week’s issue about the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. I was hoping that you may be available for comment on the importance of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation to your Lutheran faith and the legacy of Martin Luther within your denomination. The Lutheran Church and Student Center is an important Protestant community on campus, and it would be great to get your input.” Continue reading Being Saved by Grace is Just the Beginning! A Sermon by the Rev. Nancy Vogele, delivered on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation