“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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“Luther’s Seal” or “Luther’s Rose” is arguably the single image that best explains the theology of Martin Luther and the Reformation. In a 1530 letter to Lazarus Spengler, who helped design the seal, Luther writes,
First, there is a black cross in a heart that remains its natural color. This is to remind me that it is faith in the Crucified One that saves us. Anyone who believes from the heart will be justified (Romans 10:10). It is a black cross, which mortifies and causes pain, but it leaves the heart its natural color. It doesn’t destroy nature, that is to say, it does not kill us but keeps us alive, for the just shall live by faith in the Crucified One (Romans 1:17). The heart should stand in the middle of a white rose. This is to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace–it puts the believer into a white, joyous rose. Faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives (John 14:27). This is why the rose must be white, not red. White is the color of the spirits and angels (cf. Matthew 28:3; John 20:12). This rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that a joyful spirit and faith is a beginning of heavenly, future joy, which begins now, but is grasped in hope, not yet fully revealed. Around the field of blue is a golden ring to symbolize that blessedness in heaven lasts forever and has no end. Heavenly blessedness is exquisite, beyond all joy and better than any possessions, just as gold is the most valuable and precious metal.
Please join us Sunday, October 26, 2014, for our 8:20 am or 11:00 am worship service. The message, given by Pastor Joshua Baumann, is titled "Where Do I Stand?" based on Romans 3:19-22. 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