On October 30 we will observe the celebration of the Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, which is widely considered to be the event that began the Lutheran Reformation. This year, we'll consider how the Reformation impacted Lutheran Worship
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LCMS Lectionary Summary
John 8:31–36 or Matthew 11:12–19
The Son of God Has Set Us Free from Sin and Death by His Grace
“Wisdom is justified by her deeds” (Matt. 11:19), and the true Wisdom of God, Christ Jesus, the incarnate Son, justifies us by His deeds. He prepares His way by the preaching of repentance, but He has suffered the violence of the Law and voluntarily handed Himself over to violent men, that we might eat and drink with Him in His Kingdom and “remain in the house forever” (John 8:35). For He is “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matt. 11:19), and He has rescued us by His grace from the slavery of sin and death. By the proclamation of His eternal Gospel “to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people” (Rev. 14:6), “the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law” (Rom. 3:21), “that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). And by hearing the Gospel of Christ Jesus, “whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith” (Rom. 3:25), “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31–32).
During the month of October, we will use Divine Service, Setting 5. This setting of the Divine Service is an English adaptation of Martin Luther's German Mass (Deutsche Messe). Divine Service, Setting 5 is a hymn service. This service setting will also serve as a lesson for this year's Reformation sermon.
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In addition to the hymns for Reformation, we will have a special setting of Psalm 46 by Katrina Jurica for our Psalmody between the Old Testament Reading and the Epistle.
Because there are many hymns that constitute the liturgy of Divine Service, Setting 5, we will limit additional hymns for this month. In addition to the liturgical hymns, we will also sing a Hymn of the Day and Distribution Hymns.
The hymn numbers are from Lutheran Service Book (LSB).