Our recent conversations at worship have focused on the Protestant Reformation as we celebrate its 500th anniversary. It’s amazing to consider the legacies of the reformers—scripture in the vernacular, the priesthood of all believers, and the elevation of hymn singing, to name a few. Where would simple models of church be today if not for the reformers who sometimes gave their lives for a simpler, more accessible church that felt more true to their beliefs?
Yet, 500 years later, it seems like the reformation remains incomplete. If we are each invited into the ministry of all believers, and God is available to us and worthy of our worship at any time and place, then surely there is more reform to be received in God’s reign. God is not finished with us yet.
If you were to write 95 theses to the church today, what conversations might they spark? Are there reforms or protests that you are feeling called to articulate or help enact?
mom’s spaghetti, stir-fried kale,
my favorite bottled ginger ale,
seedless grapes, roast beef ciabatta
lemon parsley gremolata
enchiladas, pasta Thai,
crockpot soup, ham-on-rye
pinto beans, baked potatoes,
warm brie, sliced tomatoes,
steamed broccoli, Pringles chips
roasted carrots, hummus dips
Mardi Gras pancakes, black-eye peas,
fresh corn, or pimento cheese.
But when I’m busy, feeling about to die,
I run in the deli for a pre-made pie.
Then, everyone cheers! They love anything sweet.
And, still, it’s not about what we brought to eat.
written by Rachel
Set a table, invite Christ and others, leave an empty chair, serve up some powerful questions, and break bread.