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So, how’s the 501st year of the Protestant Reformation going for you and your local faith community? This time last year many of us were quite busy with many events and activities in observance of the 500th year. This year? Not so much. And that’s okay.

We tend to think of the Reformation in terms of big historic events and movements. In many ways, the Reformation initiated in 1517 was about big events and the movement has sustained itself – and even institutionalized itself – for half a millennium. But reformation, the experience of being re-formed in Christ, happens more often in small moments in our daily lives and through the regular rhythms of the life of our faith community.

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When it grew late, his disciples came to Jesus and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send the crowd away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?” And he said to them, “How many loaves have you? Go and see.” When they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish” … Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people…And all ate and were filled. [Mark 6:37-44]

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