Saints and Sinners is for youth 9th through 12th grade. We meet Wednesday Nights during the school year from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Each meeting focuses on faith, fellowship and fun. All high school youth are welcome, as are friends!
Every Christian “has a two fold nature,” Luther argued in expounding his doctrine of simul iustus et peccator. We are at once body and soul, flesh and spirit, sinner and saint. A saint by faith remains a sinner by nature, Luther insisted, and the paradox of good and evil within the same person remains until death. This is the people of God, the saints who are saved, despite their sin.
On the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the youth had an overnight lock-in, which led into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service hosted by the ELCA Southeastern Synod, the Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta and Lutheran Services of Georgia. Serving alongside other volunteers from 28 faith, school and community partner groups we were able to complete the following that will help those that Lutheran Services of Georgia serves.
In addition to those projects, in the Advocacy Room, volunteers wrote 258 letters to state and federal legislators to advocate for justice for Dreamers, people impacted by hunger, and more refugee arrivals. This was a wonderful opportunity for our youth to serve and we are looking forward to next year.
“The saints in being righteous are at the same time sinners; they are righteous because they believe in Christ whose righteousness covers them and is imputed to them, but they are sinners because they do not fulfill the law and are not without sinful desires. They are like sick people in the care of a physician: they are really sick, but healthy only in the hope and insofar as they begin to be better, healed, i.e., they will become healthy. Nothing can harm them so much as the presumption that they are in fact healthy, for it will cause a bad relapse.” ~ Martin Luther, Commentary on Romans