Looking for ways for you or your church to celebrate the Reformation anniversary year? Or perhaps you’d like to join a celebration in your area? Check out the information below for ideas on hosting your own celebration, or join an event already taking place. Check back here as we’ll update the page when we receive new information!
If your district has a special Reformation website or celebration, let us know and we’ll list that here as well:
Luther’s Lieder, Cloisters Museum, New York (May 7)
The Cloisters Museum in New York will present two concert performances called “Luther’s Lieder” on Sunday, May 7, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The program will include music written from the Middle Ages to our own time, all connected to the songs of Luther. Performing will be Calmus, a Leipzig-based acapella group with a deep connection to the famous choir of St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, where Bach and Mendelssohn had served as music directors, and where Wagner was baptized. Additional information can be found on the museum’s website.
Lutherans Over the Edge, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Lakewood, OH (June 23-24)
Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Lakewood, Ohio, will be hosting Lutherans Over the Edge, a rappelling event on June 23 and 24, 2017, at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Cleveland. For more information, visit the Ohio District LCMS website.
Reformation 500 Events at Concordia University Chicago
Reformation Hymn Festival, Concordia College-New York (June 25)
Concordia College-New York will be hosting a 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Hymn Festival, to be held at 2 p.m., June 25, 2017, at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Hymn Festival will feature two massed Choirs – a 250-voice Adult Choir, and an 150-voice Student Choir. They will be accompanied by the Concordia Camerata Orchestra, directed by Dr. Jason Thoms and Dr. Ralph C. Schultz. Featured in the event will be new hymns by Ralph Schultz, Paul Weber, and Carl Schalk. Tickets are $50, $25, and $15, and group tickets are available for groups of 8 or more. All ticketing is done through Carnegie Hall.
The Michigan District, LCMS Theme
The Michigan District, LCMS has chosen the theme Here We Stand to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The following are four ways for all LCMS members to get involved:
Crafted Daily Student Reformation Reading Plan
High School and College students read through the Bible in a Year
Began October 2016, concludes on October 15, 2017 (one can start any time) Currently 1,700+ are involved and it is growing every day
To sign up: Download YouVersion App on your computer/device and search for “Reformation Reading Plan”
Click here for printed version. #crafteddaily
Hearts for Jesus Kids2Camp
Children’s Ministries and Lutheran Schools 4-week adventure, they learn of missions and ministries that share the love of Jesus with others. During the 500th anniversary year, Acts 2 Enterprise-Detroit and Pontiac Sports Camp/VBS has been chosen as the 2017 Hearts for Jesus recipient through the Michigan District’s Here We Stand campaign. A2E campers come to the camp for five nights a week, completely free. Their registration is covered by generous donors to the ministry. A2E began with one camp the first year, branched into two camps the second season, and currently runs three camps.
In the summer of 2017. In 2017, A2E will celebrate its fifth year through the Sports Camp/VBS as it builds relationships with unchurched residents in Detroit and surrounding communities.
Here We Stand For You Community Events
Between April and September, 2017, Michigan District Congregations are asked to find ways to reach out into their communities, not only celebrating the Reformation but also sharing Jesus. Congregations will pick a Service Event (example: building a gazebo at the nursing home), a Celebration Event (example: hosting a family fun day for the community), or a Community Event that Serves (example: a 5K race for a cause).
More information can be found at herewestand.michigandistrict.org/community-events.
500th Anniversary Joint Reformation Worship Service
Sunday, October 15, 2017
2 p.m. Displays open
4 p.m. Pre-service Concert
5 p.m. Celebration Worship
Breslin Center at Michigan State University
534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824
Ticketed event (tickets are free but must be reserved)
Reformation Renaissance Faire, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marysville, OH (September 23-October 8)
In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses by Martin Luther and the beginning of modern-day Protestant churches, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marysville, Ohio, will host a series of events, culminating in a Reformation Renaissance Faire. The event will be held on three consecutive weekends, from September 23 through October 8, in Union County, Ohio.
500th Anniversary Celebration of the Reformation, Grace Lutheran Church, Lakewood, OH (October 22)
Grace Lutheran Church in Lakewood, Ohio, will host a 500th Anniversary Celebration of the Reformation, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 22. LCMS Active and Emeritus clergy are invited to vest. Guest preacher will be Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, Emeritus Executive Director of Lutherans for Life. Catered buffet dinner will follow the service. Children’s and adult choirs from the SELC Central Circuit congregations, the Lutheran Wind Ensemble, The Bells of Grace, and other musical groups will be participating in the service. For more information, to go Grace Lutheran Church or contact the church office at 216-221-4959.
Northwest Reformation 500 Celebration, Redmond, WA (October 29)
Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, WA, will be the site of the Northwest Reformation 500 Celebration, an event for Lutherans and fellow Christians across the Puget Sound region and beyond to come together for inspiring worship, impactful service, and engaging fellowship to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Presiding minister will be Rev. Paul Linnemann, president of the Northwest District of the LCMS.
Reformation Symphony: Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation Through Music, Minneapolis, MN (November 2-4)
The Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by Osmo Vanska, will perform the Reformation Symphony: Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation Through Music, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2017, 8 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2017, and at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 4.
Change the World: One Life at a Time, Raleigh, NC (November 5)
On Sunday, November 5, 2017, thousands will attend a day of worship and service to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The event will be held at Dorton Arena on the North Carolina State Fairgrounds and is being sponsored by congregations in the greater Raleigh, North Carolina, region. Our keynote speaker for the day will be Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz of The Lutheran Hour. Following the worship service that will begin at 12:30 p.m., there will be an afternoon of activity, including a music festival, art show, and free health clinic (medical, dental, and personal care) for those in need in the region. Following the worship service attended by thousands where our Lord will serve us through His word inviting, we will respond with Christ-filled service to our neighbors as we demonstrate the power of the Reformation’s call to return to God’s grace by free serving our neighbors and friends. To learn more, you can visit www.trianglefaith.org.
Want a picture of your congregation posted in Wittenberg on a large screen in the Saxony-Anhalt Shop (between Luther House and Castle Church)?; see this website: www.visit-luther.com/celebrate-the-reformation/.