October 31, 2017 marks the 500th year anniversary of the church’s reformation. In 1517, Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses, or “talking points” on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. These theses outlined how the church, as an organization of God’s work in the world, had gone astray. Wanting only to start some dialogue, the theses were taken down, printed and distributed. Now, 500 years later, we inherit this rich history as “Lutheran Christians” and we celebrate that so much of what Luther changed is still so relevant today.
Different Christian denominations emerged from this movement. Many later immigrated to the USA during the mass immigration of reformed Christians coming from northern Europe in the late 1800s to early 1900s.
We have received more gifts from the Reformation than we can list here, but the Bible being given to people, worship being said in our language, communion being offered to all as well as just political systems, music in worship and the belief of marriage as sacred – each of these can be traced back to Luther, his wisdom, and the Spirit of God who empowered his ministry. We are Lutherans. Thanks be to God!
Upcoming Reformation Classes & Activities
History of Martin Luther & the Reformation Class
Wednesdays through Oct. 18, 6:30-7:30pm
Join with us for this reformation journey and consider inviting someone to come with you. This class is taught by Pastor Eric Bostrom.
Sheridan to host Reformation Commemoration Service Live Stream Event
Sun., Oct. 29; 2-3:15pm; Worship Center
A Reformation Commemoration Service is to be held jointly by the Nebraska and Western Iowa synods on Sunday, Oct. 29. Bishop Brian Maas of the Nebraska Synod and Bishop Rodger Prois of the Western Iowa Synod will be leading the worship service. The service will be held at St. John’s Parish on the Creighton University campus in Omaha, and Sheridan is live streaming this event in our Worship Center. We hope you will come and invite family and friends to experience this historical, ecumenical worship with reception following.
Martin Luther – The Man Behind the Myth
Wednesdays, Nov. 1, 18 & 22; 6:30-7:30pm
We will take a quick overview of the Reformation and a deeper look into Martin Luther, a man of great struggle, who is very much like you and me. This class will focus on the man, the myth and the legend of Martin Luther and how his life and faith are still important today. This class is taught by Pastor Greg Bouvier as a part of the Fall Learning Academy.