At the annual meeting I was asked what is the one thing I would like to see happen in our congregation. What is one hope for Glory? I answered spontaneously: that we would all read the Bible regularly; that we would be a biblically literate congregation and would thereby grow in faith.
As you know by now, church council has adopted the Reformation Bible Reading Challenge, and you are invited to participate. We will be reading scripture everyday for 500 days in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation in October 2017. We will read at least five minutes a day, and we will all read the same short three passages. It may seem like a small thing, but even small changes take commitment and discipline. So you are invited to sign a pledge card and bring it to the church to be placed in a special box for the 500 days. The pledge cards are available on Sunday with your bulletin. Let's see how many of us will make and keep the commitment!
Transformation happens from the inside out. As we commit with our hearts to engage our minds by reading daily in God's word, we will see ourselves transformed, growing in faith and mission. The Reformation began with scripture. As heirs of Martin Luther, we do well to follow the pattern.
So dust off that old Bible, or purchase a new one. Or go online to bible.oremus.org or to www.biblegateway.com.
The passages we are reading can be found in this newsletter on Page 11, or by going online to http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/daily.php?year=C