The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Has Begun!

On October 31, 1517, Augustinian monk Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-five Theses” to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Through this document, which protested the sale of indulgences by the Catholic Church, Luther hoped to spur renewal within the church. However, his action had more wide-ranging consequences than he could have imagined at the time. The debate that Luther’s theses generated about Christian teaching and practice led to changes that shaped the course of western Christianity. Luther’s actions were so important that October 31, 1517, is now used by historians to mark the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

Five centuries have now passed, and Christians around the world will be commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. The ELCA is observing this event under the theme “Freed and Renewed in Christ: 500 Years of God’s Grace in Action.”

Good Shepherd will be participating in this commemoration throughout 2017, and you will see a wide variety of activities and events during the year, including learning and worship opportunities. We will be learning not only about the history of the Reformation but also how it has shaped—and continues to shape—our faith and our lives.

See more on how we are celebrating the Reformation Anniversary in the newsletter! Watch for Luther quotes of the week on Facebook, Twitter and Remind.

Click here to download the bulletin insert “Martin Luther’s German Bible”

Click here to download the bulletin insert “Martin Luther: Monk to Reformer”

Click here to download a printable copy of “Blessings and Prayers Based on Those in Luther’s Small Catechism”

Click here to visit the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) special Reformation Anniversary website








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