Affirmation of Welcome
Reformation, a congregation of Christ's Church, welcomes everyone to join with us in a journey of faith. We are committed to providing worship, programs, ministries and pastoral care to all, regardless of religious background, age, color, ability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, or national origin. Everyone is welcome in this place, where the love of God is the foundation of all that we say and do!
April Newsletter 2021
The Reporter
Reformation Lutheran Church
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Worship Service Update
Every Sunday we offer two worship options. We are worshipping IN PERSON FROM OUR CARS in our parking lot - with Communion! - every Sunday at 11:30 AM.  In order to ensure the health and safety of our congregation, we will continue our online church service at 10:00 as well.   Please join us for worship online HERE.
More information about online activities is described below. Stay tuned for updates. 
Pastor's Perspective
As we head towards Easter and the resurrection, we prepare with Holy Week. We begin with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, and the preparation for Passover. We will celebrate Jesus’ entry with our Palm Sunday services. We will live-stream our 10:00 am worship service and gather for our 11:30 parking lot Worship, but with a Palm Sunday caveat. After the worship, we will drive through the neighborhood with our radios blasting Easter hymns that I will be broadcasting on our transmitter which can reach over 300 yards on 99.9 FM. Then we will move on to Maundy Thursday and Jesus’ final meal and action at the Passover.
 
It was a meal that was a sign of deliverance for the children of Israel out of their bondage of slavery in Egypt, was now going to become a sign of deliverance for the world out of our bondage of slavery to sin. Jesus, God incarnate in our Christian understanding, chose to go to the cross as a finishing act for an old broken covenant, so a new covenant of radical grace and selfless love could be realized and experienced. How radical? How selfless?
 
It was a grace that was so radical that Jesus gathered for the Passover meal with the one who would betray him, along with the one who would deny him, and all who would desert him, and in John’s gospel he even washed their feet. That was radical grace, a grace his disciples were and are called to live out. Jesus’ love was so selfless he was willing to offer his body, his flesh as the completing act to a blood-soaked covenant. Why, so his disciples, his followers could live out this new covenant in the God-given grace witnessed in Jesus selfless love. So, join us for our livestream Maundy Thursday and Good Friday evenings at 7:00 pm worship to recall those gracious and love-filled acts of Jesus.
 
Then we will celebrate the victorious love of God as we celebrate the resurrection of God’s incarnate love, Jesus. A glorious action that we Christians know as Easter Sunday. I invite you all to join me as we begin the day as we live-stream from a local cemetery to celebrate the empty tomb and the stories that recount that glorious morning. Then we will broadcast on both Facebook and YouTube a prerecorded Easter service at 10:00 am, and finally gather in the parking lot for our 11:30 drive-in Easter service and celebrate with Holy Communion. Join us for these various ways to celebrate Jesus’ victorious selfless love.
 
Shalom,
Pastor Tim
Words Matter

The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, but no one can tame the tongue — a restless evil, full of deadly poison... With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.”~James

This Lenten season our midweek Holden Evening Prayer service theme was Prophetic Echoes and Messianic Promises. It was to remind us that words matter. The promises of the prophets echoed throughout history and gave us the persistent promise of a messianic event. For us as Christians, that event was Easter. Those words did matter, and the reverberations of those words rippled through each prophet.

Sadly, other words echo through history as well, even those of hate and violence. As mention by James, the tongue is very small but can cause so much damage. We have experienced that “stain” even in the church, with inquisitions, bloody crusades, and religious wars. We have also experienced such echoes in the political realm as well. Such echoes of hatred and bigotry started a Civil War, and a couple of months ago created an atmosphere of distrust in our elections which reverberated into an assault on our nation’s capitol as an insurrection.

Even more recently, we experienced another dreadful byproduct of echoed words of hate. There has been a deadly trend of violent attacks on Asian-Americans over the last year. Those trends can be tied to the Covid-19 virus, and a president’s attempt to shift blame for his own inept policies addressing the virus, by characterizing it as the China-virus or Kung-flu and tying the virus to Asians, which for his misguide disciples includes Asian-Americans. This reverberation was heard just the other week in the echoes of gunshots that took the lives of eight innocent people in two Atlanta massage parlors. Six of those killed were Asian-American women.

At this writing, they’re still investigating motives, but in a society that has been drenched in five years of the political language of hate and bombastic boastful claims that, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, okay, and I wouldn't lose any voters, okay?" should we be surprised? Echoes of unlawful behavior reverberate just as those of hope. Unfortunately, those unlawful words echoed in deadly ways.

We, as the church should shout, “Enough hate!” And let our actions and words of love out-echo such cowardly actions and words of hate. A small group of 12 did so some 2000 years ago, can it not be done once again. Together, let us stop the hate! Yes indeed, words do matter.
 
Pastor Tim
1118 Union St. Columbia, SC 29201
803-252-1507
Tim Bupp, Pastor