In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
In 1967 Martin Franzmann, one of the greatest modern Lutheran hymnwriters, wrote a hymn for the 450th anniversary of the Reformation. His hymn, “O God, O Lord of Heaven and Earth” gets at the heart of what the Reformation is all about. The Reformation is about Jesus Christ. It is about the Gospel. It is about how easily the Church can lose that treasure, and the need for the Reformation to be ongoing. That is why we still celebrate the Reformation. We remember the event today, not to celebrate heritage or anything like that. To reduce the Reformation to a mere party over being Lutheran means we have become a sect. Rather, the Reformation reminds us of the grace of God by which we live. Though we deserve eternal death and damnation, for the sake of Jesus Christ we are spared that. Though we, like sheep, have gone astray, fallen short of the glory of God, we are justified freely by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Sermons from Mount Olive
Mount Olive follows the historic one-year lectionary (series of readings).