How should Lutheran congregations observe Reformation Sunday 2000? In view of the Roman Catholic-Lutheran signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification in Augsburg, Germany, on Oct. 31, 1999, most Reformation services may never be the same. Nor should they.
After 483 years the historic event triggered by Martin Luther's nailing of the 95 Theses on the doors of the Wittenberg church has now run its course.
A new day in the ecumenical journey is upon us. The document signed last year says Roman Catholic Christians and most of the world's Lutheran Christians now agree on the way we are saved. Hallelujah! It won't be easy to change old patterns of thinking. But we can — if we are open to doing so.
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