Reformation 500

It just happened to be a Wednesday evening in the year 1517. The following day was All Saint's Day, a day on which many of the Wittenberg faithful would go to worship. And so Dr. Martin Luther chose that Wednesday evening, October 31, 1517, to post his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church. In so doing, he set in motion a series of history-altering events that we now know as the Lutheran Reformation.

This Reformation service on November 5, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. at the Miller High Life Theatre here in Milwaukee focuses on the core truths Luther expressed in his theses: Peace is found in Christ, and Christ is delivered to us through confessions and absolution. It is important for today's Lutherans to realize that Luther's theology was not fully developed on that Wednesday evening in 1517. Luther's "tower experience" - and with it a fuller understanding of justification by grace through faith - would not come until 1519. And yet, these 95 Theses express the convictions of a man who had spent many years futilely searching for peace and had finally begun to find it. Dr. Siegbert Becker called the 95 Theses "a triumph of the gospel . . . rooted in Luther's conviction that in the Scriptures we have the very words of God and that its promises are the promises of God, who cannot life and whose word cannot err."

Mark your calendar and join fellow Lutherans on November 5th as we worship together in honor of the 500 Reformation.

Please join Grace for these other Reformation-themed events:

Reformation: Grace, Faith, Scripture
Sunday Morning Bible Study
Beginning September 10

This 12-lesson study uses film clips from Return to Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy to introduce important Reformation truths, including Baptism, Justification, Saint and Sinner, Vocation, and Worship.

The Hymns of Martin Luther
Sunday, Oct. 1 @ 7:30 p.m.
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
Mequon, WI

In this Reformation 500 year, three notable choirs are joining forces to celebrate Martin Luther’s legacy as poet and composer. Wisconsin Lutheran College Choir, the Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee, and the Seminary Chorus will sing 15 of Luther’s greatest and most enduring hymns.

Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony
Presented by the Wisconsin Philharmonic
Tuesday, Oct. 10 @ 6:30 p.m.
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center
Brookfield, WI

The Philharmonic presents Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Pastor Aaron Christie will offer a 20-minute pre-concert lecture on Mendelssohn’s Lutheran faith, and the Philharmonic is offering WELS members discounted tickets at $25 each. Seating is limited, so make sure to reserve tickets now. Call the box office at 262-547-1858 and mention you are WELS to receive the discount.

“Missa Lutherana: The Beginnings of Lutheran Church Music”
Presented by Early Music Now
Saturday, Oct. 21 @ 5 p.m.
Grace Ev. Lutheran Church
Milwaukee, WI

This concert will feature the Netherlands-based men’s vocal ensemble, Cappella Pratensis. Tickets are available by calling 414-225-3113 or by visiting Members of Grace will receive a 20% discount on tickets – call the box office number to redeem.

Lutheran Night at Milwaukee Admirals
Milwaukee Admirals
Saturday, Oct. 21 @ 6 p.m.
UWM-Panther Arena
Milwaukee, WI

The Admirals take on Rockford for Lutheran Night! The Lutheran Chorale will be performing the national anthem, and every ticket ($20 ea.) comes with an exclusive Martin Luther bobblehead! Sign up in the Parish Center lobby and place payment (checks made out to Grace) in the envelope or give to staff minister Fritz Horn. Questions, call 414-271-3006 or email

First Fridays at Five – Chant Claire
Friday, Nov. 3 @ 5 p.m.
Grace Ev. Lutheran Church
Milwaukee, WI

This concert is centered on the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, specifically Luther’s legacy and influence in music, worship and culture. Selections will include Luther’s chorale texts and tunes, as well as several hymn arrangements. Concert is free to the public, but donations are welcome!

Reformation 500
A Special Worship Service
Sunday, Nov. 5 @ 3:30 p.m.
Miller High Life Theatre
Milwaukee, WI


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