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A monthly blog by Rev. Dr George J. Koch, Holy Trinity’s Intentional Interim Pastor during our time of transition. Pastor Koch will provide spiritual leadership for Holy Trinity until the new regularly called Pastor takes office. In his weekly blog, Pastor Koch will discuss his thoughts on the Church Year and upcoming events at Holy Trinity.
"I would never have thought that such a storm would rise from Rome over one simple scrap of paper..." (Martin Luther)
It’s time to Celebrate! Why? Because an event like this only comes around once in 500 Years! In 1517, a little known German monk, Martin Luther, set the world ablaze with a small act of defiance which would ultimately lead to the Protestant Reformation. This act would end the Roman Catholic Church's authoritarian grip on European society and would lead to reforms in the church, government, music, arts and sciences.
Luther is one of the most influential and important figures in the history of western Christianity.
The entire Protestant world (including those who resist denominational labels to call themselves “Christian”) owe Luther a real debt of gratitude.
Luther has been extravagantly praised and extravagantly condemned and almost certainly deserves both. In recent years both Protestant and Catholic scholars have come to considerable agreement about Luther’s life and its significance for Christianity. The Reformation that he started continues down through today.
Join us at 7PM on October 25 and November 8 for two evenings with Luther scholar and author, Dr. Mark U. Edwards, as he explores how Luther’s understanding of Christian freedom splintered western Christianity and began the early transition to modernity (October 25th) and how Luther’s understanding of freedom and its implications continue to have influence and relevance today (November 8th).
Also plan to Join us on Reformation Sunday, October 29th for what will be a special day:
8:30 AM and 11AM services have a special worship service featuring Pastor Linn Opdebecke as our preacher and other former pastors will take part in the liturgy.
There will be an alumni gathering at the coffee hour (9:45-10:45) where you can meet invited former members.
And finally there will be a Buffet-style Banquet at 5PM.
You will be getting more details as we get closer to these events. Remember, an event like this only takes place once every 500 years!
Senior Intentional Interim Pastor