The Summer Worship Series is entitled "Our Great Heritage". The 500th anniversary of the Reformation, 2017, provides a particular opportunity for us to consider what it means to be Lutheran and to teach and to preach it. The topics that we consider through this series are not necessarily unique to Lutheran churches. Each of the Sunday themes is connected to an historical comment. The idea is to tie the history of the Reformation to its practical implications for us today.
Today's theme is Christian Education. In January of 1529, Luther determined to write his Small and Large Catechisms. The need for both was born out by his visitation to churches in Saxony. Both were intended as tools to be used in the teaching of the Scriptures to the next generation of students. Here and in other places Luther was instrumental in developing the concept of Christian education.