Concordia St. Paul News

October 27, 2017

CSP, MN North & South Districts Celebrate 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Concordia University, St. Paul together with the Minnesota North and South Districts of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod are celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with a festival worship service at the Gangelhoff Center on Concordia’s campus on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. The worship service features a sermon from LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison.

The event celebrates the 500th anniversary of the posting of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses onto the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany, in October 1517.

The festival worship service includes nearly 500 singers from 35 churches across Minnesota, 20 actors and dancers, and 80 instrumentalists. Other exciting events for the weekend include the Tony-award winning play Luther, a juried art show, and a display of Reformation archives.

“We are thrilled to celebrate this occasion in such a rich way,” Concordia Music Department Chair Dr. David Mennicke said, “It will be wonderful to have so many performers of all ages from throughout the state. It is our hope and prayer that the weekend encourages and inspires us all to go forth and share the good news of God’s grace in Jesus Christ.”

It is estimated at least 1,500 people will attend the festival worship service to celebrate this once-in-500 years event.

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