With the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a lot is happening in and around our synod. Below you can find a list of events happening as well as resources to plan your own commemoration.
Events within the Saint Paul Area Synod
The Saint Paul Area Synod kicked off the reformation anniversary at the 2016 Synod Assembly. Under the theme "We Are Lutheran: Bold & Hopeful", we examined what it means to be bold & hopeful on the cusp on the 500th anniversary of the reformation.
The Saint Paul Area Synod is also hosting four gatherings of the ministerium to focus on renewal of worship under the lens of the reformation. More information to come.
ELCA's Freed & Renewed in Christ: 500 Years of God's Grace in Action
From www.elca500.org: "'Freed and Renewed in Christ' will be the theme used by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's churchwide organization in its observance of the 500th anniversary of the evangelical Lutheran Reformation that began with the Ninety-Five Theses that Martin Luther first made public on October 31, 1517."
To learn more about events, resources, and partnerships happening through the Freed & Renewed in Christ campaign, visit www.elca500.org.
Lutheran World Federation: Liberated by God's Grace
From www.2017.lutheranworld.org: "'Liberated by God’s Grace' is the main theme of our celebrations surrounding the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. All our celebrations, worship, study and engagement over the next three years will focus on how the gracious love of God, through the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, opens up opportunities for us as faithful Christians to reach out as healers and reconcilers to a world torn apart by strife and inequality."
To learn more about the resources available to you through Lutheran World Federation, visit www.2017.lutheranworld.org.
Lutheran World Federation: Joint Common Prayer
From LWF: "The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), in cooperation with a group of noted theologians, have jointly developed a Common Prayer to mark the 500 years of the Reformation in 2017. The liturgical materials offer suggestions on how Catholic and Lutherans should preside and read together at a common prayer service. Examples are provided of hymns and songs from a variety of multicultural contexts, as well as biblical and confessional readings that reflect mutual joy and repentance, and the desire to serve and witness to the world together."
These liturgical materials are available for download in English, Spanish, French, German, & Dutch at www.lutheranworld.org.