As a child, I eagerly awaited October 31st as a special holiday-a day off from school, decorating festivities, and comraderie of all my friends! No, I was not raised in a satanic cult...this celebration outdid Halloween to the highest hilt !!! I grew up in a beautiful small German Lutheran town in Southeastern Missouri. It was home of the Saxon Immigration, 175 years ago.

We celebrated " The Reformation" every year without fail in honor and memory of Martin Luther's nailing of the 95 Theses to the Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany. This indeed was, and still is, a very solemn celebration of the church year.

The grade school children would be free from regular class to decorate the church and practice in preparation for the two church services to be held, one in German, and one in English. The re-enactment of the Reformation story included memorable speaking parts. Everyone was in awe of Luther, but quite honestly, he had too many speaking parts, and no one wanted to have to be responsible for that much!!! We also enjoyed the most favored worship praise:

     "A Mighty Fortress is our God, A trusty shield and weapon,                                                                                      He helps us free from ev'ry need, That hath us now o'ertaken                                                                                  The old evil foe, Now means deadly woe,                                                                                                                Deep guile and great might, are His great arms in fight,                                                                                          On Earth is not His equal !!!

It was truly a night of special blessing in bringing our hearts to the foundation of our church family. P.S. At the Recessional (as we exited the church), we each received a burlap sack filled with apples, oranges, various nuts, and yes... CANDY !!!

Dear Lord, you have told us the old evil foe will continue to lay snares and stumbling blocks in our hearts and homes. We ask that you give us the spiritual insight to identify those traps and help us to avoid them. Bring about a reformation in which Your inspired Holy Word will guide and direct us in the cause of Christ. In His name. Amen.

Linda Culberson

("A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" (German, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott) is one of the best known of Martin Luther's hymns. Luther wrote the words and composed the melody sometime between 1527 and 1529. It has been translated into English at least seventy times and also into many other languages. The words are a paraphrase of Psalm 46.)

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1. Linda Culberson wrote:
Well, we all were in awe and humbled by Martin Luther. But quite honestly, he had too many speaking parts in the program...difficult to memorize and remember ... No One wanted to be the one who "flubbed his lines"!!

Thu, October 30, 2014 @ 9:27 AM

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