School Theme for 2017-2018
"Here I Stand"
REFORMATION CELEBRATES 500 YEAR HISTORY
If you are Lutheran by heritage or family history, through confirmation or transfer, or you are connected to our church or school in other ways, you probably already know that the Lutheran Church is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School will be holding special music offerings, services, events, and lessons to focus on the anniversary and the five unique Latin themes of Lutheran doctrine: SOLA (means alone), so this year we will focus on sola gratia (grace alone); sola fide (faith alone), sola Christo (Christ alone), and sola scriptura (Scripture alone). The fifth Lutheran sola celebrates our God given faith and our response to Him: sola deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone).
The new school and church theme for this academic year is: “HERE I STAND” and is taken from 2 Thessalonians, chapter 2, verses 13-15. These verses remind us of our Lutheran history, along with Luther’s famous words, “HERE I STAND”. NIV translation v.13 “But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through belief in the truth. 14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” The second chapter of the second book of Thessalonians continues the focus of salvation alone through Christ, which was our theme last year, and also reminds us of our words and actions we give in response to our God-given faith.
As we hear the Gospel message, we are assured that we are called to faith through the Holy Spirit and through the Spirit, we can believe the message of Christ’s redemptive work for our salvation. If we believe in Christ, we need to stand firm in the challenges that test our faith. We need to stand firm and focus on the words of Holy Scripture. Verse 17 of 2 Thessalonians 2 goes on to instruct us to put that faith, our firm foundation of faith, to work through the actions of our words and deeds. Each year our students have opportunities to serve others and build relationships through words and actions. This year will be no different. We will continue our vision to “Develop Caring Servant Leaders”, focusing on the new school theme.
Please pray for our students, teachers, and staff members as we begin the new academic year on Thursday, August 10th. Please know that we pray for each school family and pray for a true focus on Biblical truths and walk the walk and talk the talk of being Christian examples in the world today. Together, let’s “stand firm” in one faith, using one Scripture, with grace and love through the one and only Jesus Christ as we journey through this year together.