Hope Lutheran Church of Klamath Falls, Oregon

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Hope Lutheran Church
2314 Homedale Road
Klamath Falls OR 97603
541.884.6414

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2408 Homedale Road
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
541-539-9656


“… since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith.” Romans 3:23-25a
One of the greatest events in history happened on October 31, 1517. When Martin Luther posted his 95 theses to debate some abuses and theological issues of his day. This event was like a lit match put to gasoline. This event would not only lead to the creation the Protestant Church within Christianity, but would change the understanding and practice of the Church.
Luther’s contributions include not only matters of the faith. But his influence also includes education, language, music, social issues, government, the understanding of what it means to be human, and much more.
So what was Luther finally all about? I remember the late Luther scholar Dr. Timothy Lull once said, “Luther was a ‘one issue’ theologian … and that issue was grace.” And it was grace that was the standard for all Luther’s thought and work.
Recently I was reading the article on “Martin Luther” in the Encyclopedia Britannica: “Over the centuries, the church had conceived the means of salvation in a variety of ways, but common to all of them was the idea that salvation is jointly effected by humans and by God—by humans through marshalling their will to do good works and thereby to please God and by God through his offer of forgiving grace. Luther broke dramatically with this tradition by asserting that humans can contribute nothing to their salvation: salvation is, fully and completely, a work of divine grace.” Luther himself would see that by breaking church tradition, he was returning to the true understanding if the faith.
Although we have had some celebrations of the Reformation Anniversary year already with Lenten Season mid-week services on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, monthly newsletters articles, this is the month is when the 500th Anniversary actually occurs. So these are some events we are offering:
Sunday Adult Forum & Men’s Saturday Breakfast both will be studying the life and contributions of Martin Luther. He is an interesting character indeed!
Lutherfest: On Saturday Oct 14, this year’s Oktoberfest will have a special guest appearance. We have invited our Lutheran Churches. Proceeds will be going to Lutheran Disaster Relief.
Reformation Sunday: On Sunday October 29, there will be one service at 9:45am, followed by a potluck.
Reformation Hymn Sing: Zion Lutheran Church has invited us to a hymn sing on October 31 at 4pm.
Synod Visitation Project: Like how the Reformers visited the congregations in Luther’s time, the synod is organizing visits the congregations throughout the synod. More about this as information unfolds.
Finally, this is about the grace of God. So let’s celebrate!
Pastor Lou