The ELCA and Reformation 500

From the ELCA website:

When Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-five Theses” on the church door in Wittenberg in 1517, no one expected the breadth of evangelical reforms in Christian teaching and practice that followed. In every dimension of Christian faith a renewed trust in God’s forgiving mercy replaced a reliance on teachings and practices that, like the sale of indulgences, were vulnerable to abuse and corruption.

Click HERE for the ELCA Reformation 500 page.

Click HERE for details of the Lutherans Restoring Creation’s Eco-reformation.

As more ELCA organizations post news and events, this list will continue to grow.

 

The Luther Seal

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The Luther seal or Luther rose is a widely recognized symbol for Lutheranism.

It was the seal that was designed for Martin Luther at the behest of John Frederick of Saxony in 1530, while Luther was staying at the Coburg Fortress during the Diet of Augsburg.

Luther recieved a drawing of the seal from Lazarus Spengler.

Luther sent Spengler a letter, on July 8, 1530, that included Luther’s interpretation of the seal:

Grace and peace from the Lord.

As you desire to know whether my painted seal, which you sent to me, has hit the mark, I shall answer most amiably and tell you my original thoughts and reason about why my seal is a symbol of my theology.

The first should be a black cross in a heart, which retains its natural color, so that I myself would be reminded that faith in the Crucified saves us. “For one who believes from the heart will be justified” (Romans 10:10).

Although it is indeed a black cross, which mortifies and which should also cause pain, it leaves the heart in its natural color. It does not corrupt nature, that is, it does not kill but keeps alive. “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17) but by faith in the crucified.

Such a heart should stand in the middle of a white rose, to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace. In other words, it places the believer into a white, joyous rose, for this faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives (John 14:27).

That is why the rose should be white and not red, for white is the color of the spirits and the angels (cf. Matthew 28:3; John 20:12).

Such a rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that such joy in spirit and faith is a beginning of the heavenly future joy, which begins already, but is grasped in hope, not yet revealed. And around this field is a golden ring, symbolizing that such blessedness in Heaven lasts forever and has no end.Such blessedness is exquisite, beyond all joy and goods, just as gold is the most valuable, most precious and best metal.

This is my compendium theologiae [summary of theology]. I have wanted to show it to you in good friendship, hoping for your appreciation. May Christ, our beloved Lord, be with your spirit until the life hereafter.

Amen.

Road to the Reformation Tapestry

On June 19th, we started our 500 day commemoration by unveiling the center piece of an ongoing art project.

This quilted banner, created by Janice Lippincott, will serve as a centerpiece for a continuing piece of art with contributions from every family that attends First Lutheran church.

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Each family will receive a 16×16 piece of fabric and is encouraged to decorate the block of fabric however they wish to represent their family, FLC, or their faith.

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The unveiling took place between our Sunday Services on June 19th.  Below is a video of a portion of the unveiling ceremonies with remarks by the artist, Janice Lippincott.

The tapestry is currently on display in our LIFE center.

For more information on the design of the Luther Rose that the tapestry depicts, click HERE.