Today, 495 years ago, a man posted a notice on a church door.
In those days when you disagreed with something, you wrote it out, and posted it on the church. ( Kind of like today's bulletin boards.) He posted 95 things that he disagreed with the church about. Little did he know what kind of a thing he would start by doing that.....The Reformation.
The Reformation affects all evangelical, Bible-believing churches. If not for the grace of God and the courage of Martin Luther (and many others), we would not be where we are today.
So our church remembers this day, October 31st, as Reformation Day. A day to remember, be thankful, and have fun.
Right after church was over last Sunday, a few of us descended to a park, with yummy food of course.
This was my contribution...Harvest Stew in the slow cooker.
We had all sorts of German/Harvest type foods....Pumpkin Soup, Salads, Sausages, cheeses, pretzels.....
And every year someone brings Worms. The Diet of Worms to be precise. (In 1521 at the Diet of Worms, or the formal assembly in Worms, Germany, Luther stood by his beliefs about the church and challenged the authority of the Pope.)
After eating, one of the young men read a bit about Luther.
We love to sing, and someone found a fun song about the Reformation put to a familiar tune. Some of the adults serenaded us.
Then it was time for the games.
First off, Pin the Thesis to the Door at Wittenberg.
And yes, those are the 95 thesis' in teeny tiny print.
My Sweetie was the designated spinner.
We used little sticky tabs with each child's name on it, My Sweetie pointed them in the right direction, and they tried to stick their sticky-note as close to the center as they could.
Another game was Toss the Coins Into the Coffer.
"When the coin in the coffer rings,
a soul from purgatory springs."
Tossing a gold coin in....
Hmmmm, those gold coins look like they were enjoyed by Nutsy.
Half the fun was watching others play the games.
The next game up was an egg toss. This wasn't a game that had anything to do with the Reformation; but was sure fun to watch because out of the 36 eggs that my friend brought? 6 of them were raw.
Nobody got hit badly though.
Onto the last game, Keep the Bible From the Monk.
These rolls of paper were meant to be Bibles, which in the 16th century were kept out of the hands of the common people by the church.
And here is the Monk....
The kids picked up a Bible from one end of the area, and tried to get past the Monk, who was trying to tag them.
Pretty people watching the games.
After the games some people played baseball....
....and volleyball too.
....with good friends.
So today, we are remembering God's providence, and his Sovereign power that we trust in. And how he used regular, ordinary men to further His kingdom.
Happy Reformation Day!