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 Lutheran Confessions. The Augsburg Confession was read publicly at the Diet of Augsburg in 1530. While it was clear well before that time that there was a difference between what Luther and those who followed him taught and what was taught by the Roman Catholic Church, this was the first document to truly spell out those differences and to identify what a true “Lutheran” understanding of the Scriptures was.