St. Paul's Evangelical

330 Highland Drive
Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411

Church Office: 708-754-4493

We go forward in Witness, Mercy, Life Together.

Sunday Worship Service
10:00 a.m.
 Sunday Adult Fellowship/Bible Study  
9:00 a.m.

Sunday Youth Bible Study
9:00 a.m.

Sunday School
 9:00 a.m.

Monday Evening
 Worship Services
7:00 p.m.
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Message from the Pastor

pastor_croonSt. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church
Pastor’s Column
October 2017

“Everyone Engaging the Entire
Community for Christ”

A Mighty Fortress is Our God!
Reformation 500: 1517 - 2017

Sunday, October 29 will be observed at St. Paul’s as Reformation Sunday. We will once again have the opportunity to join together in singing that glorious hymn that Martin Luther penned based largely on Psalm 46, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” Reformation Day is officially marked on our church calendar as October 31. It was on that day, in 1517, on the eve of All Saints Day, that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis, which in detail listed what Luther saw as man–made errors against God’s word, on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany.  It would ignite a reformation of the church of which effects we still see today.

As Luther proclaimed in 1517, we still profess today, as we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  That joyous proclamation, as God’s word clearly states, is that by grace through faith we are saved, not by any works that we would do.

Much has changed in the world since Luther posted his thesis on the church door in Wittenberg. However, “the old evil foe,” that Luther writes of, still tries to devour us. Yet, “scowl fierce as he will, he can harm us none.” In that wonderful hymn we also read that the devil has been judged, the deed is done, Christ’s victory over death and the grave has seen to that! In Christ’s death we have been declared righteous before God, with His Son as our one and true advocate.

Struggles and sufferings abounded in Luther’s day, and they abound around us and in our lives today. As we proudly celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, may we boldly, as Lutherans, as Christians, join together in these closing words of that powerful hymn:

“And take they our life, goods, fame, child, and wife, though these all be gone, our vict’ry has been won; the Kingdom ours remaineth.”

Yes, our victory has been won, God’s Kingdom of Glory is ours, through the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  May God continue to bless and guide His church as we go forward in His saving grace!

Pastor Croon