The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has chosen its theme for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation to be, "Reformation 2017: It's Still All About Jesus." Martin Luther said at the Diet of Worms, "I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not retract anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. I cannot do otherwise, here I stand, may God help me, Amen." [ LW 32:112–13]
The Lutheran Reformation stands on the great Solas: Scripture alone, faith alone, grace alone, Christ alone. There are many ways and a variety of resources available to celebrate the great 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has put together a website that contains a wealth of information and resources for people of all ages to aid in observing the 500th anniverary of the Reformation. Learn more about the Reformation or find help to plan your own Reformation celebration by visiting: http://lutheranreformation.org/.
A new documentary on Martin Luther, "Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World," has been written and produced by Michael Trinklein, an LCMS layman. The film features numerous LCMS scholars and has been recommended to the LCMS at large, both by the 2016 Synod Convention Resolution 15-02A and by Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. You can find out more about "Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World"at: http://www.newluthermovie.com/.
Many Circuits of The South Dakota District are hosting Circuit-wide 500th anniversary of the Reformation festivities. Here is the list of celebrations currently planned:
Aberdeen Circuit: Sunday, October 29th, 4:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Aberdeen. Rev. Dr. Raymond Hartwig will be the preacher. A German meal will follow.
Black Hills Circuit: Morning of Sunday, October 29th at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City. Rev. Dr. Kory Maas will be the preacher.
Brookings/Waterown Circuit: Sunday, October 29th, 3:30 p.m. at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Brookings. Rev. Terry Naasz will be the preacher.
Huron Circuit: Sunday, November 5th, 3:00 p.m. at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Huron. Rev. Dr. Cameron McKenzie, Professor of Historical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN, will be the preacher.
Mitchell Circuit: Sunday, October 22nd, 4:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Chamberlain. Rev. Dr. Herb Mueller, 1st Vice-President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, will be the preacher.
Pierre Circuit: Sunday, October 29th, 3:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, Pierre. Rev. Scott Sailer, President of The South Dakota District, will be the preacher.
Sioux Falls Circuit: Sunday, October 29th, 5:30 p.m. at Brandon Valley High School. Rev. Dr. Wallace Shulz will be the preacher. A German meal will follow. Also, on Sunday, October 15th, the Sioux Falls Circuit Convocation will feature a showing of the new documentary on Martin Luther, "Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World."
Freeman Circuit: Sunday, October 29th (time TBA) at Trnity Lutheran Church, Hartford. Reverend Dr. Dale Sattgast, President Emeritus of The South Dakota District, will be the preacher.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”
Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up