October 2015

Post date: Sep 30, 2015 4:28:45 PM

Dear People of God,

October is always a beautiful month in the Kittitas Valley. The days are usually sunny, the nights are cool and the leaves are turning beautiful shades of gold, orange and red. Ministries at First Lutheran are in full color as well: preschool, Sunday School, quilters, choir, adult Bible studies and Sunday class, confirmation classes and youth events. FISH Food Bank dinners continue here on Saturday nights and don’t forget the big rummage sale on October 2nd and 3rd!

Our town of Ellensburg always becomes more active and busy once fall classes start up at CWU. The reformer Martin Luther said, “Faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing.”

On the last Sunday of the month, October 25th, we celebrate Reformation Sunday. We give thanks for the faithful witness of Martin Luther and other reformers of the church. Luther rediscovered the Bible truth that our salvation is a free gift of God’s grace, which we receive through faith. Luther emphasized the Bible truth that we do not somehow earn the forgiveness of our sins and eternal life. Rather, these are freely given to us through the precious blood of Jesus, who died on the cross and rose again to save us. Our lives are a “thank you!” to God as we share the love and good news of Jesus with other people. We work not to be saved. We work because we are saved through Jesus. So our faith is not an idle thing. Faith is a matter of the head (intellectual belief), but also of the heart and the hands. As Martin Luther said, “Faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing.”

Luther and other reformers of the church also emphasized, “The church reformed and always reforming.” We are not stuck in the 16th century. The church always needs to be open to the new ways that the Holy Spirit is calling us to love God and love and serve our neighbors in need. It’s great to see how Pope Francis is reforming the Roman Catholic Church to identify more and more with the poor and needy of this world.

Here at First Lutheran, October 25th will also be Confirmation Sunday. This year there are 2 young people who are ready to be confirmed in the Christian faith. Elaina Johnson and Madelyn Lease are ready to affirm their baptisms. They are ready to say “Yes” to the promises God first made to them in Holy Baptism. So, come celebrate with these wonderful young people and hear their faith statements and have a piece of cake with them after worship. This prayer will be said for Madelyn and Elaina as they affirm their baptisms.

“Father in heaven, for Jesus’ sake, stir up in your people the gift of your Holy Spirit; confirm their faith, guide their lives, empower them in their serving, give them patience in suffering, and bring them to everlasting life.” Amen.

Faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing,

Pastor Dennis