The United Methodist website defines Reformation Day as a day set aside to recognize and celebrate the Protestant Reformation by remembering Martin Luther and the central role he played in the reform movement that split the western church of Rome. Rev. Daniel Bell goes on to remind us that on All Saints Eve in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his "95 Theses" calling for the reform of the church to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany.
Some 221 years later, John Wesley's famous Aldersgate experience happened as he heard Martin Luther's "Preface to the Epistle to the Romans" being read. Luther’s insight on justification by grace through faith is also woven into our Methodist fiber.
There is much to be said about Methodism and the Reformation, but in the end, to celebrate the Reformation as United Methodists is "to celebrate the God who refuses to accept the separation, the division, the conflict that sin offers. It is to celebrate the God who does not just pardon sinners but who also sanctifies — breaking down dividing walls, overcoming hostility, healing the brokenness that is sin by making us one in Christ's love."
The call for acceptance and grace is also portrayed in the ancient story of Ruth and offers Good News for us all! Join us this Sunday - Reformation Sunday - as we explore the story of Ruth and what it looks like to truly live a reformed life.