By Mary Ellen Wuerfel, Synod Communicator for Grace, Inman

The church walls vibrated and it sounded like the heavens opened, when 50 choir members, 14 bell ringers and members from 4 churches sang praises to our LORD on Saturday, October 29th, celebrating the 500th year of the Reformation.

The 4 churches that took part in the service were: (the host church) Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 1430 John B. White Blvd., Spartanburg, Pastor Allan Kinsey; Joy Lutheran Church, 700 South Converse St., Moore, Pastor Lane Bembenek; St John’s Lutheran Church, 415 South Pine St., Spartanburg, Pastor Mike Shackelford; and Springs of Grace Lutheran Church, 320 Holden Dr., Inman, Pastor Hobby Outten.

The Sermon was delivered by The Rev. Dr. David Ratke, Dean, College of Theology LR-LTSS. In his sermon he became Martin Luther. He gave an account of Luther’s life. It was though Luther was present speaking to us word for word about his life. Both Luther’s sufferings and his love of God came alive.

Scriptures had been read before, more praises were sung after the Sermon, and all 4 Pastors from the churches participated during the service or in the distribution of the sacrament.

After the service everyone was ask to proceed out into the parking lot to participate in the blessing of the Lutheran Men in Missions’ Relief Truck. The truck will be headed for Nichols, SC, with 18 people from different churches to build and re-build. Participating churches in this mission are: Springs of Grace, King of Glory, Risen Christ and St. Michael’s of North Myrtle Beach. They will leave on Sunday, November the 5th.

All the attendees then proceeded into the community hall of Holy Communion and had refreshments provided by members of all 4 Spartanburg area churches.

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