Reformation 500

Ever celebrated a 500th anniversary of ANYTHING?


Even the Pilgrims and their descendants haven’t been around for 500 years yet!  But WE have a once-in-several-lifetimes opportunity to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation. 


In 1517, Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk and a professor of theology at Wittenberg University, wrote 95 theses (propositions) for debate on reforms needed in the church of his day and its doctrines and practices. He nailed the theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, and as they say, the rest is history! 

A variety of events and activities are happening this month to mark and celebrate this HUGE occasion, Luther’s rediscovery of the Gospel

that we are saved by Grace, through Faith in Christ, delivered to us through  the Scriptures ALONE – Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura, Sola Christie – and NOT by our works at all! 

To celebrate the anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, join us for the events below!

  • A Man Named Martin

    During the 10:30 AM Christian Education hour beginning October 8, we are starting a 6-week viewing and discussion of the final segment of Lutheran Hour Ministry’s video series “A Man Named Martin – Part 3, The Movement.”

  • Soli Deo Gloria: Sacred Music of Johann  Sebastian Bach

    Saturday, October 21, at 7:00 PM, there will be a special  concert, “Soli Deo Gloria: Sacred Music of Johann Sebastian Bach.” Bach is considered by many to be the preeminent composer for Lutheran choral and instrumental music in the last 500 years. 


    The concert is FREE and is being held at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 478 Boston St, Topsfield, MA. Vocalists from numerous area choruses & churches, including LCS, will be singing.

  • Reformation Sunday

    On Sunday, October 29, we will celebrate Reformation Day. We will have our usual Sunday morning service at 9:00 AM, which will include the public confirmation of faith by our confirmands, as well as the Lord’s Supper.

  • Reformation  Celebration Service and Supper

    On Sunday, October 29 at 4 PM, we will join together for a celebration of the Reformation through a special worship service, including some dramas. This will be followed by a Reformation “dinner-theater” at 5 pm

    • The dinner portion of the celebration will be a German Potluck. We would like to have you bring a dish of true German fare to share. (Bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, German chocolate cake, etc. — You get the picture!) In order to make sure that we have enough tables and chairs, please sign up on the bulletin board outside Luther Hall, or send an email to church@lcsavior.org.
    • The theater portion of the celebration will be a showing of the video “Katharina Luther,” a German television production about Katharina von Bora, Luther’s wife (in German, but with subtitles courtesy of our own Jim Eggert).