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October 28-29, 2017Reformation 500

Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at Concordia St. Paul

Join us in celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Oct. 28-29, 2017. The focal event for Reformation 500 is a festival worship service in the Gangelhoff Center on Sunday, Oct. 29, featuring LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, drama, music, and dance. Other exciting weekend events include the Tony-award winning play Luther, a juried art show, a display of Reformation archives, and the opportunity for students and families to visit campus.

This 500th anniversary celebration is co-sponsored by the Minnesota North and South Districts of the Lutheran Church―Missouri Synod and Concordia University, St. Paul.

Festival Worship Service: Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word

Additional Sunday Afternoon Events - Oct. 29

  • Visit Reformation Reformed in the Concordia Art Center, a juried art show featuring Lutheran artists. (Exhibit open October 19 ‒ November 14.)
  • Peruse a display of Reformation Archives in the Library Technology Center. (Display open October 19 ‒ November 14.)
  • Watch “Luther” in the Buenger Education Center. (Sunday afternoon only.)

Food Trucks and the Winget Student Life Center (dining hall) open and available from 12-3 p.m.

Bus parking and handicapped parking available.

Campus Map

CSP Theatre production: LUTHER (by John Osborne)

  • Oct. 26-29, 20177:30 p.m.E.M. Pearson Theatre
  • Directed by Mark Rosenwinkel

An epic retelling of one of the great epochs in Western civilization, this play is an exploration of the larger-than-life personality of the great reformer himself: passionate, fiery, and earthy. At times, this Luther is the quintessential “angry young man,” fighting against all the great powers that govern his life. Then all at once he reveals himself to have the sensitivity of an innocent child desperately in need of love and protection. In writing that is often raw, direct and emotional – much like the legacy of the historical Luther himself – the play presents a vivid portrait of a man whose many contradictions and personal struggles nevertheless led to one of the great spiritual and political revolutions in human history.

TICKETS: $10 (Discounts available for students/seniors/children under 12/CSP students, staff, faculty)
Church groups of 10 or more receive $5 tickets.
Tickets available at

Massed Choir Information - Worship Service

As part of our Reformation 500 celebration we invite all children, youth and adult singers (individuals and choirs) to sing a massed performance during worship service. Join us for this once-in-500 years opportunity!

Rehearsal Times/Music Selection/Massed Choir Contact Information

Related Events

Reformation Heritage Lecture - Aug. 29

Rev. Dr. Andrew H. Bartelt is the featured speaker at the annual Reformation Heritage Lecture Series, Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Buenger Education Center on Concordia’s campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Presentation title: After 500 Years, Does Lutheranism Still Matter?

As we mark 500 years since the Reformation, how might the unique strengths of Lutheran theology serve the mission of God’s kingdom come in Jesus Christ—and indeed will they?

About the speaker: Rev. Dr. Andrew H. Bartelt

  • Gustav and Sophie Butterbach Professor of Exegetical Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
  • Vice Chair of LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations
  • Author and public lecturer on topics of prophetic literature, the use of biblical languages in ministry, pastoral education and formation, and issues of church and ministry

Destination 500

Celebrate the Reformation all weekend at Concordia!  Join us for Destination 500 – featuring several days of campus events.