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!
June Newsletter 2022
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Reformation Lutheran Church
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Worship Service Update
  We have resumed the in-person worship service on Sundays at 10:00 AM.  In addition to this, and in order to ensure the health and safety of our congregation, we will continue to broadcast the service online via Facebook Live.  Please join us for worship online HERE.
Pastor's Perspective
Pentecost is just around the bend! We had a great traditional Easter Season, cautiously coming out of Covid, and now we head into Pentecost. There is something about Pentecost that pumps me up. Maybe it’s my Holiness background, which my professor from Wesleyan Seminary in DC reminded me, was just Pentecostal without tongues, but there is something of the Spiritual aspect of Pentecost that still stirs me.

4”All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?” 13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.’
14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.’”

Could you imagine the impact that Pentecost event had to have had! It was something new! A coming together, a reconciliation that took everyone by surprise. “And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?”[Acts 2:8] Something that was unheard of since before the Tower of Babel. And I love their assumption, “They are filled with new wine.” I love Peter’s response, “Hey, it’s only 9:00 in the morning, they’re not drunk on wine.” They may not have been drunk on wine, but they were drunk on the Holy Spirit. Yes! It’s the Holy Spirit, the Holy Breath of God that begins breaking down barriers that were as old as civilization. But if you follow the Book of Acts, one quickly realizes that is the Spirit's M.O.. It doesn’t take long for that 1st century Church to realize the Holy Spirit was going to make it their M.O. too. The Spirit did not create that M.O. for the Church by force, but by presenting the opportunities and possibilities to live it out. I believe the same is true today. 

I believe Christ Mission coming into Reformation’s faith life is the Holy Spirit moving in the same way for Pentecost today. Coming out of Covid has left the universal Church facing a new paradigm, the question that is before us is how will we seize the day? I believe one way to seize the day could be by combining Christ Mission’s voices with Reformation’s voices. I believe the fruition of the Spiritual combination can surprise the community just as the Pentecost event did during the 1st century. Christ Mission and Reformation can come together and speak of faith in a combined way so that all can hear and be drawn to the Word of God. We can learn how to speak together in a way that barriers — as they did with the 1st-century church — can be broken down.

So for this coming Pentecost Sunday as we join together with our more modern setting — you remember, which we worshipped with before Covid two and a half years ago — may we experience the Spirit moving us, and may the combined language of loving Christ Mission and Reformation offer together, surprise the community as they wonder if we too are drunk. May our Spiritual hangover draw them to Jesus’ love and righteousness!

In Christ,
Pastor Tim
Wear your Red on Pentecost
Sunday, June 5, is the Day of Pentecost. This is one of the three main Festival Days of the Church Year. The others are The Resurrection of our Lord (Easter Sunday), and the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas Day). 
You are encouraged to wear Red to help celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.

Red is a power color and is appropriate for use on Pentecost Sunday. On this day we remember the power and fire of “the Lord and Giver of Life,” who revealed himself as the promised one. The color red communicates the motif of strength-strength and power the Holy Spirit gives in order for God's people to call on the name of Jesus Christ and share that powerful name with others.
Monthly Zoom Schedule
The 2022 schedule and listing of Zoom meetings and ID numbers are on the RLC website and updated as necessary.
1118 Union St. Columbia, SC 29201
Tim Bupp, Pastor