Reformation 500
Last updated on September 1, 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 have been planned. Books have been written, a new Luther movie has been released, and Bible studies are being offered. 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.
    Celebration Worship Service at the PAC

            The WELS Northern Wisconsin District will be holding a district-wide worship service at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (PAC) in Appleton on Saturday, October 28, 2017 to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The service will begin at 2:00 p.m. with food and fellowship time to follow at the PAC. The Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Chorus and choirs from our district's Lutheran high schools will participate in the service.  
            Tickets are needed for each individual attending this service. There will be 2,000 tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for tickets, click on this link to go to the website at which you can register to reserve tickets. Those who register on this site for tickets will have the physical tickets mailed to their home congregation in October. 

    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.”