Reformation 500

500th Anniversary Commemoration Activities at St. Peter’s

We are getting now SO CLOSE to the time when, 500 years past, Martin Luther started a world-wide movement known as The Reformation!  So, at St. Peter’s, we would like to have you join the congregation at a “pot luck” luncheon on Sunday, October 22 immediately after the 10 a.m. worship service.   As well, if you would bring a dish to add to the repast, please see the sign-up sheets in the Narthex.  You might want to bring that “special dish” that you always love to share with others. OR, you might bring a staple that always satisfies!  We will also be screening a Luther movie during our luncheon! Please join us on October 22 for a joyous time commemorating this 500th Anniversary event at St. Peter’s.  (P.S. If you miss this one, there won’t be another commemoration like this one until the year 2517!)

Wow! I want one of these!

You can have one of these highly sough after ceramic mugs! Just sign up on the form that is on the counter in the Chapel or contact the church office. The mug features the Reformation 500 logo with Martin Luther’s “mug” on it and holds 17 ounces (which is the bare minimum of coffee a good Lutheran should be drinking!). The cost of these ceramic mugs is $10 of which $3 will go to the Lutheran Disaster Response. Get one now as quantities will surely be scarce!

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation there will be a number of articles, books, conversations, and events surrounding this milestone. At St. Peter’s we are working on planning events and providing learning opportunities in the coming weeks and the months to celebrate and commemorate this special occasion. On Sunday, October 1st, following the 10am worship service, we will be having a potluck lunch and a showing of the Luther movie down in Fellowship Hall to kick things off. While we will have our own events and opportunities within our congregation the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America is planning many big events including a celebration in the nation’s capital:

“CHICAGO – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will host a commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Oct. 31 at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington, D.C.

Eaton will be joined by the Rev. William O. Gafkjen, bishop of the ELCA Indiana-Kentucky Synod and chair of the ELCA Conference of Bishops; the Rev. Richard H. Graham, bishop of the ELCA Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod; and ELCA Vice President Bill Horne.

The event, which will meet under the theme “Looking Back and Called Forward,” will be available online via livestream for all to watch.

The event will be open to the public and available online via livestream. All are invited to participate and honor the Reformation anniversary as the ELCA bears public witness to Christ, who frees us to love and serve our neighbor, and as we look to the future to which God is calling us.

Additional details will follow as they become available. For more information, contact Rob Campbell at 773-380-2986 or” (ELCA to celebrate 500th anniversary of the Reformation with public event in D.C.)

As we move forward we will keep you posted on all the planned activities and opportunities at St. Peter’s as well as other opportunities within our local area, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, and throughout the E.L.C.A.

Want to get yourself ready for Reformation 500? Premiering earlier this week on PBS was “Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed The World”. As noted on the PBS website:

“The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of one on the most important events in Western civilization: the birth of an idea that continues to shape the life of every American today.

In 1517, power was in the hands of the few, thought was controlled by the chosen, and common people lived lives without hope. On October 31 of that year, a penniless monk named Martin Luther sparked the revolution that would change everything.

He had no army. In fact, he preached nonviolence so powerfully that — 400 years later — Michael King would change his name to Martin Luther King to show solidarity with the original movement.

This movement, the Protestant Reformation, changed Western culture at its core, sparking the drive toward individualism, freedom of religion, women’s rights, separation of church and state, and even free public education. Without the Reformation, there would have been no pilgrims, no Puritans, and no America in the way we know it.

The film follows the dramatic story of Martin Luther’s life: the massive lightning storm that nearly killed him, the bleak self-punishment of his time in the monastery, the corruption that unleashed his anger, his trial before the most powerful man in Europe, and the staged kidnapping that helped him escape the death penalty.

This is a highly-visual documentary with elaborate full-scale dramatizations that were filmed in the castles, monasteries and cobblestone streets of eastern Europe. Dozens of historians from Europe and the Americas were interviewed, with a careful eye to ensure all sides of the story are represented. The film is narrated by Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”) and stars Padraic Delany (“The Tudors,” “The Man Who Knew Infinity”).”

This documentary is now available on PBS On Demand so if you missed it, or forgot to record it, then look it up, get some popcorn ready, and settle in to learn more about Martin Luther and get yourself ready for Reformation 500! Want to see a preview of the documentary? You can find them on the PBS website by clicking here.