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September 2017 (Vol. 62, No.7)

- the 500th Anniversary

  Although the American Revolution was a significant breakthrough in the area of political thought and practice, it's cultural significance pales in comparison with the Protestant Revolution of the 16th century, which we call "The Reformation". We Lutherans are the immediate heirs of that Reformation of the Christian Church and are the immediate descendants of its progenitor, Dr.Martin Luther of Wittenberg. The less-immediate heirs of Luther are all of those who claim the name of Protestant. Those of us who are members of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod can rightfully claim to be the immediate AND TRUE heirs of Luther and his Reformation, along with our kin (i.e., related church-bodies), since our theology and church practice truly accords with his doctrine, as found in the 1580 Book of Concord.

  As we look forward to the five hundred year anniversary of the Reformation, which will be celebrated world-wide on October 31, 2017, our fellow Lutherans have prepared all sorts of special events, journal articles, books, souvenirs, and miscellany to make this a very special date in our own history. Here is just a sampling of things you can see, do, or participate in:

  • On Tuesday, Sept.12th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 Central(check local listings for our time), PBS premieres Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World nationwide. The two-hour film brings to life Luther's 16th century quest to reform the church -- a journey that would profoundly reshape western civilization. For more information, go to:
  • On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 7:30 p.m.-9:35p.m.,some local Lutheran churches offer the two-hour film A Return to Grace: Luther's Life and Legacy,presented by Gloria Dei, Peace, and Apostles Lutheran Churches, at Cinemark Redwood Downtown 20 and XD, 825 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City, $10.00 general admission. This is a different version of the new PBS film noted above. For the required reservations and other information, go to:
  • On Saturday, October 14th, 3:00 p.m., our sister LC-MS congregation, Trinity Lutheran Church, Burlingame,will sponsor a Reformation choral and organ concert followed by a German dinner; phone 650-346-4100 now for reservations.
  • If you are interested in how the Germans are celebrating this epochal anniversary, go to:
    Be aware that their theological outlook is not the same as ours.
  • Lutheran books or paraphernalia can be purchased at:
  • Other resources for Reformation celebration can be found ont he Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod website, including online videos, at:

Yours in Christ,