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Reformation Day or Halloween?
We will not be meeting tonight at The Rock so consider this your sermon update! Growing up I never considered trick or treating anything other than having fun, dressing up and getting candy. "Back in the day" I never remembered a church doing anything like what we see today. I also remember being a trickster 13 yr old who would immediately begin begging for candy right after I got off the school bus. Nothing better than trick or treating at 3:30pm. The neighborhood pack of boys I ran with was a perfect mix of the Sandlot and Goonies boys.
It was a fun day and night, we never considered it demonic or evil. But something seemed to change as we got older and began to realize some things looked different. Society was changing, our minds were also thinking deeper about things. This is true for so many things though isn't it? Society changes, our minds push beyond the surface and looks for the deeper understanding and we continually find ourselves trying to make sense of the world where we're fortunate to live. I love fall, I love the fun that halloween brings and I especially love that our Hallelujah night is no longer on the Saturday of the Georgia/Florida game. All in all Halloween is what you make it, as in everything else. But it's good to know our history, why we celebrate, what we're celebrating. Before you know something like a bunny will compete for our Easter morning attention.
So what is Halloween all about? Where did it all begin? What does Martin Luther and the Reformation have to do with this day? Can I dress up? Can I still get candy? Should the church be involved at all? All good and fair questions. Short answer to the should I dress up and get candy. I would say yes, go for it...I get dressed and typically have at least one piece of candy daily! So what's the difference? The Mind. The Attitude. The direction of my focus and attention and heart. But also a great reality is that this day that brings great focus on getting candy and dressing up has seemingly taken the focus off of a huge day for us as believers.
We owe much to Martin Luther and the Reformation period. Don't know much about him or that great day back in 1517? (most of you weren't alive then I don't think)
Below are some articles to bring you up to speed and also bring a fresh, biblical and christian point of view to both days.
RockFeast - November 14th
What a day this will be! A great big family dinner at The Rock SM.
Parents, we need your help. Please visit the link and sign up to bring something to help us celebrate Thanksgiving as a family! SIGN UP PAGE
Turkey Bowl & Refuel
Two events coming up soon! Turkey Bowl is November 25th at the Central Middle Football Field. New LOCATION! Go grab some lunch after church and then head out to the field. We need all those interested in playing to sign up beginning this Sunday
Refuel is close! Signups are going, deposits are due. Visit our Refuel page for more information for this great trip.
Since we do not have the Rock tonight and since our new devotion book begins tomorrow, we wanted to make sure everyone gets their hands on them! You can visit any ROCK booth tonight and pick one up or you can do the devotions on your phone until then by clicking here.
Why a blog?
A great way for parents and ministry to connect and continue the conversation of what's going on at The Rock.