As many of you know, October 31, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis against the Catholic Church up on the church door in Wittenberg. Although church reformation had been on the hearts and minds of many for years before that, and much had been written and said, it was this action by Luther that marked the beginning of the reformation, and the birth of the Protestant Church.
The early reformers put forth three foundational principles of reformation known as the “Solae.” Sola Scriptura (only scripture, not tradition), Sola Gratia, (only grace, not merit), Sola Fides (only faith, not works). Each was intended to represent an important distinction of the Reformers’ beliefs compared with Catholic doctrine. By the middle of the 20th Century, it became common to see the original list of three Solae increased to five. The additions were Solus Christus (Christ as only mediator between God and human) and Soli Deo gloria (glory to God alone).
More recently, certain Anglican scholars have suggested that there should be a further two additional Solae on the list, bringing the total to seven: Sola ecclesia (the Church alone) and Sola caritas (charitable love alone).
We will be celebrating Reformation Sunday on October 29. For the seven Sundays before then, beginning with Rally Day, September 10, and running through Sunday, October 22, we will be using one of these Solae each week, along with a Lectionary scripture reading, as a theme for our worship services.
Theme (Sola) Date Scripture
Church September 10 Matthew 18:20
God September 17 Romans 14:11-12
Grace September 24 Matthew 20:13 -15
Christ October 1 Philippians 2:5-11
Scripture October 8 Matthew 21:42
Faith October 15 Philippians 4:1,6
Love October 22 I Thessalonians 1:3
Please join us for this series to prepare our hearts and minds for this milestone anniversary of our reformed Protestant tradition.