Dear friends in Christ,
October is the month that we celebrate and commemorate the Reformation. This year Reformation Sunday falls on October 29.
“The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In 1517, the German monk Martin Luther collected 95 points to stoke discussion about the corruption of the medieval Church. He then nailed his famous “95 Theses” to the door of his hometown church in Wittenberg. With that small, symbolic act, Luther unleashed a storm of change, kicking off the most important religious event of the last millennium—the Protestant Reformation.” (Rick Steves)
“The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is not only a time for reflection on the rich history of this church, but also a chance to look forward to what lies ahead for all of us. It’s an exciting time to be Lutheran as we come together with the Roman Catholic Church on the foundation of our common heritage.” (The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton. Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
In celebration of this 500th Anniversary a resource has been developed to help people better understand our roots and our continued journey of understanding the gospel. To help those interested understand the whats, hows, and whys of it all, a public television special was produced, called Rick Steves’ Luther and the Reformation.
In October, we will be offering a couple of viewing opportunities of this program with time for discussion afterwards. The dates and times have not yet been determined, but watch for an announcement coming soon.