This past Sunday evening I attended a fabulous Reformation Day Service in Pella, Iowa. What I appreciated about it, outside of the fact that it was a reason to gather the local CRC churches together, was that while it focused on the themes of the Reformation it did not use the service as an opportunity to idolize our theology. I have been in Reformation services which felt like a big pat on the back, that we got our theology right as compared to all those other folk. The other challenge for Reformation Day services is acknowledging the work of Martin Luther, John Calvin and many others without worshiping them, or creating a history lesson rather than a worship service. I think some churches have stopped celebrating Reformation Day because it is hard to get this balance right or maybe because we are so ecumenically conscious we are afraid to celebrate what sets us apart. I have mixed feelings about the day myself which is why I’m curious; did your church celebrate Reformation Day outside of a passing reference? Is Reformation Day a thing of the past that doesn’t relate to those who haven’t grown up in the “Dutch church”? Is it something that we should re-energize or let fade away? If we stop celebrating this defining moment of the Reformation do we risk losing our historical roots which help ground us theologically? What do you think?
Reformation Day or Not?