Tonight and tomorrow St. Paul's will mark Reformation.
I recently heard a pastor suggest that the appropriate color for Reformation is not red, but violet. This in recognition that the Reformation had the sad result of fracturing the Western Church. Those who beat their rah-rah Go Lutheran! drums on this day are pure sectarians.
Someone recently put it this way: Picture Martin Luther looking forward - 30,000+ denominations. Picture Martin Luther looking backwards - 2 "denominations" (at least of the Chalcedonian variety).
No Christian can look at the schism in the Christian Church with glee. It remains a tragedy for the saving Gospel and a triumph of Satan.
Reformation seems a very good day, then, to pray for the Church and her unity, and we know that what we ask may be impossible from the human point of view - but what does that matter? It is not impossible to God!
As we so often sing:
"Give Thy Church,
Lord, to see
Days of peace
O Lord, have mercy!"
Ut unum sint! Amen!