find it difficult to communicate to our society what we believe. Blaming it on others we might say it is because the Christian church has been marginalized by society. But realizing the responsibility we have, there is also the concern that the church has lost its passion for sharing that life giving Word. Our Judaeo-Christian faith is shared by many Christians from around the world. These beliefs are in line with Christians from many cultures of Canadian newcomers and I’m told, if people only knew what we believed, they would want it. So the anniversary year, 2017, becomes an opportunity for Pilgrim Lutheran Church to speak up. As 500 years have passed since Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, people will be wondering what is that all about? But it’s not our goal to make it a simple. history lesson. We view 2017 as an opportunity to share with our community, country and world, what the church had lost and what by the grace of God Luther recovered. We believe such recovery has relevance for us and for our world today. This should be the church’s work every year, this year, the special history gives us a bridge for telling the Gospel today. We hope you will take some time to explore the links on this page, and become more familiar with the Lutheran church and Jesus Christ, the Savior of all people, but especially of them that believe.
“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sigh by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus…..Where then is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.” (Romans 3:20-24, 27-28)
“For 1st is by grace you have been saved through faith, - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Mark Koehler
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Reformation Bible Study “Faces of the Reformation”
During 2017 we will have one bible study a month on the Friday that the Fellowship Club meets, the third Friday of the month, studying the Reformation. We will interrupt the Lutheranism 101 Bible Study for that one Friday each month and look at the individuals who played an important part in the Protestant Reformation during Martin Luther’s time. The bible study will run from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on that Friday. Please join us for an hour and a half for this walk through history.