Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday Songbook ~ Happy Reformation Week

That's right. This Sunday is the first day of Reformation Week. Reformation Day falls on Friday and this entire week will be about the Reformation. A major figure of the Reformation is Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk who was responsible for the 95 Theses. These inspired the Protestant movement and deeply influenced Christian traditions.

A Mighty Fortress is Our God

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

Martin Luther, 1529

Cyber Hymnal

I love how in this trying, uncertain time of economic failure and political upheaval that we as Christians can rely on our righteous, faithful, and loving God to carry us through to eternity. The battle is won my brothers and sisters. No matter what (or who) happens, when our security lies in Jesus Christ then its value is untouchable. His Kingdom is forever...AMEN!

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:30-31


Sandy Toes said...

How true!
-Sandy Toes

Karen Deborah said...

Amen. well said.