On Reformation Day, we gather as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – in our congregations, across this church, and with our Lutheran family around the globe – to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This centennial has provided a welcome occasion to learn more about Martin Luther and the Reformation, while strengthening our understanding and commitment to our ministries. It has given us an opportunity to look back on the history of our tradition and to discern how we are beingcalled forward together in Christ.
In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a service of common prayer will be held at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. EDT.
North Carolina and South Carolina Lutherans worship for 500th Anniversary Observance of the Reformation
Just over 800 voices were raised in worship and song during the 500th Anniversary Observance of the Reformation on Saturday, September 23, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. Lutherans from both the North Carolina and South Carolina Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) were joined by their bishops: the Rev. Timothy M. Smith, of the NC Synod, ELCA, and the Rev. Herman R. Yoos, of the SC Synod, ELCA. A number of ecumenical guests were also present including the Rev. Dr. George E. Battle, Senior Bishop of the A.M.E. Zion Church, Presiding Prelate of the Piedmont Episcopal District, and the Most Rev. Peter Joseph Jugis, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, both of whom brought greetings to those gathered.
From Conflict to Communion: Together in Hope was a join Catholic-Lutheran Prayer Service to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The event was held Sunday, September 17th at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary’s Christ Chapel.
Lead by Professor Phillip Cary, Ph.D. leads Martin Luther: Gospel, Law and Reformation, this educational events will be held on Tuesday’s beginning August 8th at 3:00 p.m. in the Hoefler Gallery.