As we commemorate Reformation Day this Tuesday, which this year marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, let us also remember one of the key slogans that has come to mark later generations of Protestant Christians; Semper Reformanda, Always Reforming.
While we celebrate what the power of God’s Word achieved 500 years ago in Europe, the work of Christians and the church to be continually reforming our lives and practices by God’s Word will not end until Christ returns! So standing on the foundation of the scriptures let us always be reforming!
The Anglican Prayer Book has a prayer for the Church which is excellent to use at such a time as Reformation Day, and I encourage you to use it in your own prayers this week:
Most gracious Father,
we pray for your holy catholic Church [and Berwick
fill it will all truth
and in all truth with all peace;
where it is corrupt, purge it;
where it is in error, direct it;
where anything is amiss, reform it;
where it is right, strengthen and confirm it;
where it is in want, furnish it;
where it is divided, heal it and unite it in your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen