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Sola Fide: Faith Alone

Our look at the Three Solas of the Lutheran Reformation continues with Sola Fide – latin for Faith Alone.

Can you think of a situation where you’ve had to rely on faith? We can have faith in many things – a teammate, a spouse, a higher power, even faith in humanity. Phrases like, ‘You have to believe in yourself” and, “I believe in you!” are commonplace in our society. In each of these situations, faith is confidence or trust in someone or something, but unfortunately it can often let us down. How is Lutheran faith different?

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Sola Gratia: Grace Alone

In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this month, we'll look at the "Three Solas" that comprised the foundation of Luther's teachings. This week we'll look at Sola Gratia - Grace Alone.

“Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!” Christians love to sing of the saving grace of God—and rightly so. John tells us about Jesus that, “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.” (John 1:16). Many of the New Testament letters begin and end with the writers expressing their desire that the grace of Jesus would be with His people. The very last words of the Bible read: “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen” (Rev. 22:21).

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Why Do Lutherans Celebrate the Reformation?

October 31, 1517 - Reformation Day - was  remarkable day in history, and is still celebrated among Lutherans today. It is the day on which Martin Luther, a devout Catholic monk, posted the "95 Theses" - errors Luther found in church doctrine and practice that he wanted to bring to light, in hopes of returning the church toward the truth.

Luther’s belief that Scripture alone is the sole authority for doctrine enabled him to question the church. Scripture, he argued, said that Christ’s death fully satisfied the penalty of sin. The Bible states that a person is justified or “declared not guilty” of his sin by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone. At the time, Luther had no intention of leaving the church he hoped to reform, but his commitment to the Scriptures as the sole authority branded him as a heretic and led to the splintering of the Christian Church at that time. Now instead of there being one Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church which broke away from the Catholic church some centuries earlier, Lutheran and other "Protestant" churches would appear as well.

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Rocky Mountain Christian Camp

Rocky Mountain Christian Camp is a WELS summer camp for students entering 6th grade all the way through high school. The kids enjoy daily devotions and Bible studies, sports, arts and crafts, and delicious food throughout the week. This year, about 160 teenagers and 30 adults gathered together for this fun-filled week of camping and studying God’s Word!

The theme for RMCC 2017 was, Help, Lord, I feel so… Each devotion filled in the blank with different adjectives such as alone, inadequate, proud, and persecuted. Students studied various Biblical figures in order to see how God comforts and helps us when our emotions become too much to bear.

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VBS Recap

VBS is easily the highlight of the summer for us. While everything that we do is a great
opportunity to learn and grow, VBS is our chance to implement a little bit of what we’ve learned.
It also happens to be an absolute blast, having fun with kids and fellow helpers all week!
This year’s theme for VBS was “Build on the Rock”, and as many of you probably saw,
we turned the whole church into a construction themed zone. There was a wheelbarrow out front,
caution signs on every wall, and even a few dump trucks trundling about. The kids loved it,
especially the caution tape they had to walk through as they entered church.

The day usually began with a short devotion and a skit, acting out the Bible Story for the
children in an easily understood format. Then we would break up into our groups, and each
teacher would teach the lesson again to their kids. This was a great way to reinforce the central
message of the day. After that the groups broke out into different areas, learning music, making
crafts, and getting a chance to eat snack and play outside. Finally, we’d gather back together to
hear one more message from pastor, before going home for the day.

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Big Splash Recap

Last Friday was a gorgeous day. The sun was out, warming everything up. Despite that

the shade was still cool, and a nice breeze was blowing. The grass was a vibrant green, and there

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2017 Summer Students

You may have heard the term "Summer Students"  or "Summer Interns" thrown around a lot lately. Well, that's because these college students do quite a bit of ministry work here at St. Peter in the summer. 

Each summer, St. Peter acquires two students from our pastor/teacher training school, Martin Luther College (MLC). One male and one female have the opportinity to spend 12 weeks in beautiful Colorado as interns at church, fetching coffee for Pastor, making copies for the secretary, and babysitting the staff minister. Just kidding. It's so much more than that! The interns have the opportunity to get thrown into real ministry life; a taste of what it could be like when they are called workers. For instance, the pastor-track student assists with worship: preaching the liturgy on Sundays, planning worship, and eventually preaching their own sermon. The teacher-track student gets, well, teacher experince through events like Kids' Nights, VBS, Jesus Cares, and Sunday School. They work together and play a part in virtually every event here at St. Peter during the summer: everything from Bibe Information Classes (BIC) to attending Rocky Mountain Christian Camp in Leadville. 

2017 is the year of Stanley and Alyssa. Here's a little bit more about them and their favorite things!

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Jesus Cares Ministry

While we’re here at St. Peter for the summer, we have the blessing of working with many different programs in the church: Kid’s Night, Liturgy and Sunday School, and the whole VBS program. But there’s one thing we do which people might not be quite so aware of: Jesus Cares Ministry. I feel blessed to be a part of this effort.

Jesus Cares is the name for our church’s efforts to preach the Gospel to people with intellectual disabilities. Every time we meet, I am amazed by how much the people who come know. One woman is completely blind, and yet she knows every song that we sing by heart. One man has only one arm, but he can draw and color better than I can. Another man can only say a few words, and yet he always lets us know how happy he is when he hears God’s Word. They are some of the warmest, happiest people I’ve ever met.

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Kids' Night: Olympics!

Kid’s Night is up and running for the summer! This event invites children from preschool through fourth grade to come and enjoy games, snacks, crafts, and devotions from 6-7 PM every Wednesday. Last Wednesday was the kick-off for this exciting event. Eleven children came to St. Peter and participated in the Kid’s Night Olympics!

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2017 Little Lambs Preschool Graduation

It’s summer and that means Little Lambs Preschool has finished another school year!  On May 26 50 students graduated from our Pre-K program.  They put on a show singing songs of what they learned and walked the stage to get their diplomas!  The main focus of the program and of the preschool is that Jesus is our Lord and Savior!  Every day was filled with learning about God’s great love for us.

This year we said goodbye to one of our Pre-K teachers, Danielle Smith. We are sad to see her go and will miss her deeply. 

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