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FRANKLIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

We are a community of believers called by God to live humbly in the spirit of Christ and to act as His voice and hands in our world.

Our ministries and missions emphasize worship, prayer, study, hospitality to others, and care within our congregation.  We are focused especially on the issues of poverty in our community and the world around us through projects and programs aimed at addressing the needs of those who are hungry and without enough clothing or adequate shelter, and those suffering abuse.










 

TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
  


Martin Luther

From http://www.biography.com  accessed 10/20/14

 

 

Reformation Sunday

Reformation Sunday is the Sunday before Reformation Day (October 31), which commemorates Martin Luther posting 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg that called for reform of the Catholic Church. The reformers did not intend to break away from the Catholic Church; rather, the 95 theses codified their primary concerns, crucial doctrine from which they felt the Catholic Church had strayed:

·       salvation by grace through faith,

·       centrality of the Word (both preached and visible in the Lordís Supper),

·       and participation of all people in worship through congregational singing and vernacular reading of scripture and preaching.

The Catholic Church was divided, and the Protestant Reformation began.

 

                                                                    

Gather together to hear stories of faith and courage.

Listen for the ways God has acted among us.

Our ancestors in the faith listened for Godís word.

They dared to believe Godís promises.

Leaders like Moses and Paul, Martin Luther and John Calvin, saw evidence of Godís work.

They believed they were face-to-face with Godís truth.

They looked beyond the present moment.

They lived for dreams not yet realized.

Many felt Godís love in knowing Jesus.

They experienced a new relationship with neighbors.

We have come seeking community centered in Christ.

We want to feel Godís presence as we worship.

 

 

 

Prayer of the Day

Let us pray.

 

God, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the earth was formed, long before there were people on this planet, you were fashioning life in its myriad forms. Out of the billions of years you have been creating, our lives have come to this moment of meeting. We stand in awe before you, amazed to discover that you care about us, tiny blips on the screen of eternity. O God, we want our lives to count for something. Show us how to fit into your plans. Amen.

 

 

John Knox: A Fierce and Fiery Reformer

By Charles A. Wiley III

Something happened in the middle of the twentieth century: a revival of the work and influence of John Calvin. This has been a good thing for our church. But this great emphasis on Calvin has obscured a bit the vital role that John Knox played in the forming of our tradition.

 

While the major source of our Reformed tradition is found in the Swiss Reformation of Zwingli and Calvin, our American Presbyterian tradition is rooted in the English, and even more so in the Scottish Presbyterianism in which John Knox was the most important actor. 

 

Knoxís early Reformation efforts were rewarded with being forced to row as a galley slave in a French ship. It is unclear how he was released, but he eventually served in exile as a chaplain in the Church of England and helped influence the text of the Book of Common Prayer. But when Mary came to the throne and re-instituted the Roman Catholic faith, Knox fled to Geneva where he became a confidant of John Calvin and became the pastor of the English-speaking congregation there. Inspired by Calvinís theological and ecclesiastical vision, Knox returned to Scotland and helped to lead the revolution that led to the ousting of Mary of Guise and the reformation of the Church of Scotland. 

 

Knoxís legacy to us has many dimensions:

·         a fierce commitment to the reformation of the church;

·         a deep commitment to the sovereignty of God that doesnít allow anyone to take up the mantle of God, whether king or queen in the state or the bishop in the church;  

·         our enduring commitment to the parity of ministers and elders continues to mark us; and

·         the practice of fervent prayer as a means to intimacy of God, and of strict self-examination before coming to the Lordís table.

 

Although the roots of American Presbyterianism come from a number of directions, and are growing more complex over time, the single strongest root is the result of the migration of generations of Scottish and Scotch-Irish Presbyterians that formed the backbone of American Presbyterianism and continues to shape us.

 

Rev. Charles A. Wiley III, Ph.D., is coordinator of the Office of Theology and Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

 

From http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/worship/john-knox-500/ accessed 10/20/14.

 

 

John Knox



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