Personal Narrative: My Visit To Redeemer Lutheran Church

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On October 30th, 2016 I attended Redeemer Lutheran church. I arrived there ten minutes early and picked a pew towards the back and started to take notes. The mass started around eight o’clock am and lasted approximately an hour. The service itself was similar to a Roman Catholic mass that I am use to. I was surprised that they were so similar because my thought process was since they are completely different religions than they must have completely different mass styles. Obviously after going I realized that, that way of thinking was wrong and that they are relatively similar. This experience overall was a positive experience and I would have nothing to complain about. The church members were a welcoming and genuine community. During this experience …show more content…
When I first walked in I recognized that the setup of the church was similar to a Catholic church. There were three sets of pews with one main aisle to carry the cross and candle down. One distinction between the pews is in a Catholic church there is a place to kneel but in a Lutheran church they do not kneel, just sit and stand. Since I went on Reformation Sunday the reverend wore a red colored sash. Red represents the Holy Spirit giving strength to followers ("Church Year | Liturgical Colors - The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod"). Throughout the church there were accents of red. Also, they had stained glass windows depicting a scene from the bible. Stained glass windows are prevalent throughout a lot of religions, but what makes this specific church unique is their logo. Their logo consists of two stick figures holding a cross up that appear to be making an outline of a building. In the middle there is a heart. My interpretation of this is God gives you a place to believe and a place to feel loved. That is what the Lutheran religion strives to be, welcoming with a message to live …show more content…
For the Lutheran religion, we learned that Martin Luther (the founder of the Lutheran Religion) broke off from the Roman Catholic Church. One of the main differences was Martin Luther wrote the 95 theses. On October 31st, 1517 Martin Luther nailed these 95 these to the Wittenberg Castle Church door to announce his leaving and coming up with his own organization to preach to what he believes in. The 95 These are questions and other propositions that form the foundation of Lutheran religion . The first two theses contain the fundamental ideas that faith alone leads to salvation and God believes members to seek repentance. The remaining ninety three theses explain why the first two are relevant to their religion. I bring up the 95 theses because, the weekend I went Redeemer it was Reformation Sunday. That mass was a celebration of how the Lutheran religion broke off from a higher power. This day is probably one of the single most significant days to celebrate within this religion. Looking back, without this day there would be no Lutheran religion. Before the mass was started a member a part of the church made a few announcements. I remember him saying how it was reformation Sunday and this mass would be more traditional than the usual mass. It makes sense now because Reformation Sunday is essentially their founding day. Although I went to a mass that was more on the traditional side, I still think that

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