Celebrate This Oct. 31
Posted on Oct 26, 2021 by Shari Van Baale
This Sunday will be quite eventful. It is Reformation Sunday, Confirmation, and also Halloween.
Reformation is the anniversary of the day Martin Luther is said to have posted his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther chose that date, the evening before All-Hallows Day (also known as All Saints Day), because he knew the church would be packed full of worshipers the following day and they would see it on the door when they arrived. It is celebrated in the liturgical calendar on the final Sunday of October. We wear red to represent the Holy Spirit and for the blood of the martyrs of the Christian church (those who died for their beliefs).
At Salem, we typically have Confirmation on Reformation Sunday. Our youth spend two years in Confirmation class, typically during seventh and eighth grades. Confirmation is held during the fall of their ninth-grade year. In Confirmation, they learn about the Bible, sacraments, and the Lutheran church. The Sunday before Confirmation our youth read their statements of faith, where they talk about their personal faith journey and choose a Bible verse that is meaningful to them. We celebrate them on Confirmation Day during the worship service and with a reception afterward.
The final thing occurring this Sunday is Halloween. Last year, most fall and Halloween events did not happen due to the pandemic. Most people did not feel comfortable attending large-group events or going door-to-door sticking their hands into communal bowls of candy. This year, Halloween is back in full force. Decorations, costumes, and candy have been on store shelves since July, and houses are getting ready to celebrate the return of little ghosts and goblins. Some may not feel ready to do that yet, though. I know my family will not be handing out candy again this year, as we are not comfortable greeting so many strangers at our door. I saw a great image on Facebook about Halloween that said, “Do we even need Halloween anymore? I’ve been wearing a mask and eating candy for 18 months!”
As you can see, there is a lot going on this Sunday. We hope you will spend part of your day with Salem.
Shari Van Baale