October 28-29, 2017Reformation 500

Reformation 500 Worship Service

An estimated 2,500 worshippers, including nearly 500 singers from 35 churches across Minnesota, 20 actors and dancers, and 80 instrumentalists, filled the Gangelhoff Center Oct. 29 for a worship service in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

*There are no plans at this time to provide DVDs for purchase. This video has also been uploaded to our YouTube Channel.


A Visit with Katarina Luther

View this one-woman theatrical performance of Katarina Luther as delivered by CSP parent and grandparent Alicia Winget. This unique presentation was given on September 14, 2017, as part of the observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.





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

  • Sunday, October 29, 2017, 4 p.m.
  • Gangelhoff Center, Concordia University, St. Paul
  • Preacher: Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison
  • Adult, youth and children’s choirs invited to participate.

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 Pen & Ink: Tools of Reform, 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.)

On-campus dining options include:
Winget Student Life Center (dining hall) will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Food Trucks will be available from 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (Lot H)

Handicapped parking available in Lot C (adjacent to the Gangelhoff Center). Bus parking also available.

Campus Map

Questions: contact reformation500@csp.edu

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 Ticketworks.com

Related Events

Reformation Heritage Lecture Series - 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
A Visit with Katharina Luther - Sept. 14

A one-woman theatrical performance featuring CSP alumnae Alicia Winget.

  • CSP Black Box Theatre
  • Sept. 14, 10 a.m.
  • Free and open to the public

View the performance (video) here.



Reformation Heritage Lecture Series - Feb. 8, 2018

Rev. Dr. Robert A. Kolb, Professor emeritus of Exegtical Theology at Concordia Seminary (St. Louis), will present “Living as a Christan-Wittenberg style” as part of the Reformation Heritage Lecture Series, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Graebner Memorial Chapel on Concordia’s campus. This event is free and open to the public.

About the Presentation
Redefining what it means to live as a Christian became one of the most powerful changes rendered through Martin Luther. No longer was it about sinners coming to God, it was about God coming to sinners. The preaching of God’s Word and the Christian’s response became the centerpiece of life through public worship and personal/family prayer and meditation, having a profound effect on family, society, and church. This begs the question: Is this what it still means to live as a Christian?

Reformation 500 Worship Service

Reformation 500 Worship Service

Reformation 500 Worship Service

Reformation 500 Worship Service

Reformation 500 Worship Service