June 2020 Letter

What is Augsburg?

 

On the cover of our weekly bulletin insert are the words, “Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church LCMS (Of the U.A.C.). What do the letters U.A.C. stand for? It is short for the “Unaltered Augsburg Confession.”

 

The Augsburg Confession is the principal doctrinal statement of the theology of Martin Luther and the Lutheran Reformers. It was largely written by Philip Melanchthon, a fellow reformer of Luther’s. At its heart, the Augsburg Confession confesses the justification (the charging of our sins to Jesus and the crediting of Jesus’ righteousness to us) of sinners by grace alone (Sola Gratia), through faith alone (Sola Fide), for the sake of Christ alone.

 

Signed by the leaders of many German cities and regions, the Confession was formally presented to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at Augsburg, Germany, on June 25, 1530. A few weeks later, Roman Catholic authorities rejected the Confession, which Melanchthon defended in the Apology of the Augsburg Confession (1531). In 1580, the Unaltered Augsburg Confession (U.A.C.) was included in the Book of Concord.

 

Lord God, heavenly Father, You preserved the teaching of the apostolic Church through the confession of the true faith at Augsburg. Continue to cast the bright beams of Your light upon Your Church that we, being instructed by the doctrine of the blessed apostles, may walk in the light of Your truth and finally attain to the light of everlasting light; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

 

June Blessings!

 

Pastor David A. Feddern