Reformation 500 Celebrations

Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-Five Theses” in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517, and the resulting debate about Christian teaching and practice led to changes that have shaped the course of Western Christianity ever since. At the heart of these wide-reaching changes was a deep conviction that God’s mercy or grace in Jesus is given freely to all. Join us at one or all of the following events to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s bold move.

Sunday, October 22 – Catholics and Lutherans in the Cedar Rapids/Marion area will gather for a worship service that will start at Immaculate Conception at 4:00 pm, and then, halfway through, participants will walk across the street and finish at First Lutheran Church. Refreshments will follow.

Sunday, October 29At LCR we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with festive worship and a guest speaker from Wartburg Seminary, Prof. Timothy Snyder.

Sunday, October 29 – You are invited to our Cedar River Conference Reformation Hymn Fest, to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation! We meet at 4:00 pm at First Lutheran Church. Local Lutheran choirs will lead us in song and thanksgiving. The Hymn Fest will be followed by an Octoberfest meal: brats, sauerkraut, hot dogs for the kids, turkey dogs, baked beans, German potato salad, and German chocolate cake.

Tuesday, October 31 – At 7:00 pm we’ll show the film “Luther and the Reformation,” narrated by Rick Steves, in the LCR worship room. Refreshments and discussion will follow the movie.

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