Reformation 500
Last updated on June 5, 2017

REFORMATION 500 in 2017

October 31, 2017, will mark the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, a truly significant milestone. Lutherans all over the world, anticipating that this anniversary would occur in our lifetime, have been awaiting the observance of this anniversary, hoping that it will be very special.
And it will be. Our synod’s web site has a count-down clock until October 31, 1517. Grand Reformation worship festivals are being planned near the actual date next year. Books have been commissioned, and Bible studies are being prepared in anticipation of this event. We must celebrate and rejoice on this anniversary.
          The sections below offer you a number of resources to learn more about the Lutheran Reformation and how you may celebrate it. New sections will be added each month throughout 2017. Take some time to explore and reflect. 
    Reformation 500 Germany Trip

            We have arranged for a tour of Luther sites, and you are invited to come along.
    • Dates: September 27 – October 8, 2017 (in the fall, when the weather is perfect, and it feels like Reformation, but not too late in the fall so that we can get back here for all the special services)
    • Itinerary: Includes all the significant Luther sites such as Wittenberg, Augsburg, Eisenach, Wartburg Castle, Mansfeld, Eisleben, and Leipzig. We will also take a trip through picture book scenery in Bavaria, including a visit to the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle (“the Disney Cinderella castle), world-renowned Oberammergau, and Munich. Much more.
    • Information: Full color brochures are available upon request. Email the tour host, Rev. Robert Balza at to receive all the details. Or Click here to see the brochure.
            Germany has been preparing for this anniversary for ten years. All the sites have been spiffed up, there will be special guest musicians, displays, and celebrations in most of the Luther cities. How exciting it will be to travel to the actual locations of the Reformation in this anniversary year! As we travel, we will share stories of Luther and his times, and we will have some special experiences to enrich our appreciation of our Lutheran heritage. It would be so much fun to travel with you. -- Pastor Balza
    Reformation Videos
  • VIDEOS: There are many excellent videos available for us to enjoy. All of these are free and are contained on the Youtube website. A brief summary of the video will give you some idea of the content, and you only need to click the link to be taken to the Youtube video. Try it. Its easy. Keep in mind that when you click the link you will be taken to the Youtube web site and will leave the Eternal Love website. 
    • Spirituality in the Middle Ages (the time of Luther) (3:24) = Before the Reformation, being a monk was the surest way to living a spiritual life, but following the Reformation, people could be religious in whatever they did in life. This video is part of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis series “500: The Impact of the Reformation Today.” Published on November 28, 2016
    • Indulgences and Other forms of Penance (4:55) = In the 16th century, penance was expected of all Christians to gain forgiveness from their sins. But the Reformers argued against this, proclaiming that all sins were forgiven through Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection. This video is part of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis series “500: The Impact of the Reformation Today.” 
    • Bible Translation (1:31) = With the invention of the printing press, books become more affordable, and as literacy increased, people were able to read the Bible for themselves. This video is part of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis series “500: The Impact of the Reformation Today.” Published in November, 2016
    • Music and the Reformation (3:23) = The Reformation has a significant impact on church worship. The way people worship shifts. Worshipers change from being mere observers to participants, and we still see this change in the churches of today. This video is part of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis’ series “500: The Impact of the Reformation Today.”