The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah . . . this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord’, for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
Jeremiah 31:31, 33-34
As we commemorate the Reformation this Sunday, we will hear these words of promise in which Jeremiah envisions a future time when the ability to know God and God’s truth will be a gift from God, written on each heart.
Scripture calls us to live with God’s law on our hearts, to let our faith determine how we act. Jesus invites us to open our hearts to receive God’s gifts of grace and salvation – to claim our freedom in Christ.
What in the church today needs to be reformed by God’s grace?
In preparation for Sunday, I invite you to think about what is one change you pray the church will make as we move into the future? It can be a change you want to see in the wider church across the world, or a change related to our church - the ELCIC or our congregation of Gloria Dei. Write a word or phrase summarizing this vision on a piece of paper and bring it with you to church this Sunday. You will be able to tape it near the entrance to the sanctuary. Please plan to come a few minutes early to have time to do this before the start of the service. And don't forget to wear RED!