“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far has the LORD helped us.’”
- 1 Samuel 7:12
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church - Pierre, South Dakota
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Lutheran education began in response to some disappointing survey results. It was 1528; the Reformation had been going on for eleven years. Martin Luther was a university professor and wanted to learn how well the teachings of grace alone, faith alone, and Scripture alone had been absorbed into the local congregations. So he sent out visitors to the parishes in his German state, Saxony. The survey results prompted the writing of what we know today as Luther’s Small Catechism. He was blunt and candid in his preface to the Catechism about what the visitors discovered:
The deplorable, miserable conditions which I recently observed when visiting the parishes have constrained and pressed me to put this catechism of Christian doctrine into this brief, plain, and simple form. How pitiable, so help me God, were the things I saw: the common man, especially in the villages, knows practically nothing of Christian doctrine, and many of the pastors are almost entirely incompetent and unable to teach. Yet all the people are supposed to be Christians, have been baptized, and receive the Holy Sacrament even though they do not know the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, or the Ten Commandments and live like poor animals of the barnyard and pigpen. What these people have mastered, however, is the fine art of tearing all Christian liberty to shreds. from Luther’s Small Catechism, © 1986 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
The need for faithful Lutheran education has not diminished. Today, we celebrate the blessings God has given us through Lutheran education, and we ask Him for His continued providence on our schools, our Preschool and Day Care, Sunday school, Midweek, and all adult classes!.
Please join us Sunday, September 14, 2014, for our 8:20 am or 11:00 am worship services. Pastor Joshau Baumann will deliver the sermon titled “What Do I Owe You?” based on Romans 14:12. Click to read the service bulletin.
9:45 a.m. Sunday school
Upcoming Service Bulletin
Where we are:
714 North Grand Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501