The 28th of October is the holiday of the apostles Simon and Jude. The Church commemorates these her saints with the words of God handed down to us by the Prophet Isaiah: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7 NIV)
However this Sunday is also the 21st Sunday after Trinity and bears the watchword from the apostle St. Paul’s letter to the Romans: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Rom 12:21 NIV), which has played such a significant role in the life of the Church in ages past and especially in conflict, persecution and suffering.
However most congregations in the Lutheran Church in Southern Africa will probably be following the order of worship as prescribed for the holiday of the Lutheran Reformation, which is commemorated traditionally on the 31st of October – which is coming Wednesday! That day is dominated by the theme from 1.Corinthians 3:11: “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
We thank the Lutheran Heritage Foundation, that they are supporting the distribution of these orders of worship throughout Southern Africa as hard copies to those people, who are not connected to the internet to download these from here. This time the sermon for the Reformation festival is based on the letter from the apostle St. Paul to the Galatians 5:1-6 and was written by Pastor Radikobo P. Ntsimane (KZN) in isiZulu (wz1251121028 moletlo wa Ntshwafatso ya kereke) and translated into seTswana (wt1251121028 moletlo wa ntshwafatso) by Rev. E.A.W.Weber DD.
May God grant in his never-ending grace and mercy that you too will join the confession of the Church of received blessings of lofe and justice as we learn it from Hallelujah verse for this Sunday: “I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.” (Psa 101:1 NIV)