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Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

I can’t tell you how much I love fall with all its crisp smells, the change of colors in nature, the scurrying of animals to prepare for the winter, as well as our own preparations for the next winter season. October is probably one of my favorite months of the year! It is the month that I was ordained, the month I got married, and the month of our Lutheran heritage!

Many of you are aware that on October 31, 1517 Martin Luther posted his ninety-five-thesis on the door of the Wittenberg Church. These ninety-five theses (statements) were concerns that Luther had to improve the church. It was in no way Luther’s intention to break away from his Catholic Church in Rome, but rather to enhance the relationship the community of faith at large could have with God.

Luther felt for instance that the bible should be read by everyone to live out God’s word in their daily living, rather than be interpreted solely by the educated church leaders of his days, the priests. Sadly, some of those interpretations were abused by church leaders to raise money for church building programs, such as the sale of indulgences especially by a Catholic monk named John Tetzell to raise funds to build the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rome. If you have never read all ninety-five theses, you can google them. You might find some very intriguing ideas that Martin Luther had.

As we know, Martin Luther’s strong spirited faith has brought about many changes in the church that eventually was formed in his name, breaking away for the Roman Catholic Church. The Lutheran Reformation is now 500 years old this month. Without Luther’s fortitude and his strong desire to serve God in the best way he possibly could, we would not be here today.

In addition, without that same fortitude and strong sense of faith, Jordan Lutheran would not be here today. Many changes have occurred over the centuries, from building structures, pastors coming and going, program changes, and worship formats. Initiated only 226 years following the Reformation, our forefathers of Jordan have planted and nurtured the seeds of faith rich in the gospel, with hopes and dreams for the gospel to spread and the community of faith to grow.

This month as we celebrate the 500th year of the Lutheran Reformation, may we be observant of the many lives of men, woman and children that have gone before us who brought us to where we are today. Let us remember the deep roots of faith, the struggles that each generation has endured, keeping in mind that God does not bring us this far to abandon us.

As we begin a new journey together, may we be mindful that change is inevitable. However, may the ground roots of our Lutheran Heritage always shine through and together may we continue to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in all that we do here at Jordan Lutheran Church and beyond!

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Dody

In the event of a pastoral emergency, please contact
Pastor Dody Siegfried directly at 610-442-6362.