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, and then a Bible study, will follow.
Black Hills Circuit: Worship Service on Sunday, October 29, 10:00 a.m., at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City. The congregations of the Black Hills Circuit will forego their own services that day to worship together. Reverend. Dr. Kory Maas, 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: Circuit Convocation at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Huron, on Sunday, November 5. 3:00 p.m., Opening Devotion, Reverend Dr. Dale Sattgast, Preacher; 4:00 p.m., Presentation by Reverend Dr. Cameron McKenzie - "It's Still All About Jesus" (and how the medieval church developed a system of salvation that replaced Jesus); 5:30 p.m., Evening Meal.
Mitchell Circuit: Circuit Convocation, Sunday, October 22, at Zion Lutheran Church, Chamberlain. 2:00 p.m. , Reverend Dr. Herbert C. Mueller, Jr., presenting on Reformation 500; 4:00 p.m., Reformation Rally worship service, with Reveend Mueller preaching; 5:00 p.m., German dinner; 6:30 p.m. Q&A/forum. The German dinner will require reservations by October 15, as seating is limited (ph. 605-234-9466).
Pierre Circuit: Worship Service on Sunday, October 29, 3:00 p.m., at Faith Lutheran Church, Pierre, Reverend Scott Sailer, preacher. Special music will be provided by Mariachi San Pablo, from El Paso, TX.
Sioux Falls Circuit: Sunday, October 29th, 5:00 p.m. at Brandon Valley High School. Rev. Dr. Wallace Shulz will be the preacher. A German meal will follow, $7.50 for adults. Please contact one of the Circuit congregations for tickets and more information. Also, on Tuesday, October 31st, the Sioux Falls Circuit Convocation will feature a showing of the new documentary on Martin Luther, "Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World" at Memorial Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.
Freeman Circuit: Sunday, October 29th, 4:00 p.m. at Trnity Lutheran Church, Hartford. Reverend Dr. Dale Sattgast, President Emeritus of The South Dakota District, will be the preacher. A meal will follow the service.
Yankton Circuit: Worship Service on Saturday, October 28, 2:00 p.m., at Martinus Lutheran Church, Utica. Reverend Scott Sailer, preacher. A program and meal will follow. the program features a Lutherland slide show by Reverend Steve Weispfennig.
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