In an interesting twist on a holiday tradition, one Pennsylvania Lutheran congregation is celebrating Christmas in July with a Reformation themed summer of activities.
Using the theme of American Independence celebrated on July 4, members of the Lutheran Church of God have kicked off its “Reformation in July” themed summer. Instead of having just a traditional Independence day program, the church is organizing a farmer’s market that celebrates Martin Luther’s dependence on grace alone and independence from restrictive doctrines.
On Fridays, the congregation serves as a community drop off point for school supplies and a farmer’s market that is aimed at combating both food insecurity and speaking to youth about the importance of having a heart healthy diet.
The congregation hopes that by putting a whimsical twist on traditional celebrations, members of the community will come to appreciate the importance of celebrating God’s grace even in untraditional ways and nontraditional spaces.
The congregation is hopeful that in a world of evermore increasing crises reminding people of the joy of Christmas and fun of fellowship spirits will be lifted as we transition into the second half of the year.