Tomorrow, October 31, 2013, is the 496th anniversary of the day when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Town Church in Wittenberg. We celebrate this because God used his servant, Martin Luther, to place the Gospel of Jesus Christ back into the center of belief and practice. Today, the Eurasia Region celebrates Reformation Day a day early with a reflection on Luther’s hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”
On Pentecost Sunday, the congregation of Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church in Almaty, Kazakhstan, celebrated the calling to faith through the power of the Holy Spirit through Holy Baptism. Pastor Alexander Burthev baptized two people. The congregation also had 15 people confirm their baptismal faith in the rite of confirmation.
The theological education efforts in Eurasia help train an average of 250 full time students and hundreds of other students in collaboration with seven seminaries in the region, including in England, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan and Latvia.
Did you know that Johann Sebastian Bach was a Lutheran? Did you know that LCMS musicians and missionaries are using Bach’s music as outreach? Check out this story from The Lutheran Witness.