The last Sunday in October each year is designated as Reformation Sunday. Protestant churches in every country have set aside this day to express gratitude to God for leaders ofthe church in the sixteenth century who called for reforms in the Roman Catholic Church. Many of these leaders suffered greatly for their efforts, some were even killed because they would not refrain from calling for reforms.
In one of the great books about the Reformation written by Jaroslav Pelikan titled The Riddle of Roman Catholicism, he wrote about the “tragic necessity of reformation.” He concludes the Roman Catholics did not see the “necessity of it, and the Protestants did not see anything tragic about it.” It has taken centuries for many of us to grasp that truth. No matter how you see it, the Body of Christ, the Church was broken apart.
This Sunday, I do not wish to rehash the history, but rather dwell on the positive theological thought of people going after what God offers. I encourage you to read two selections from the scriptures, Isaiah 6: 1-8 and Mark 5: 21-34.
This Sunday we will celebrate the dedication of First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale’s 19th Habitat for Humanity home. There will also be a Congregational Meeting to elect our new church officers at the conclusion of the 11 a.m. worship service in our Sanctuary. I do hope that you can worship with us this Sunday.
With love and gratitude for you,
Rev. Dr. Robert W. Bohl
Temporary Supply Pastor