Reformation Day

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Reformation Day

October 31
When Martin Luther (1483-1546), a German monk and religious reformer, nailed his 95 "theses" (or propositions) to the church door in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517, his only intention was to voice his opinions about certain practices and customs in the Roman Catholic Church, in the hope that someone would engage him in a public debate.
Instead, so many people agreed with his ideas that they spread throughout western Europe and touched off a religious revolt known as the Reformation. As a result, many Christians broke their centuries-old connection with the Roman Catholic Church and established independent churches of their own, prime among them being the Lutheran Church.
October 31 is observed by most Protestant denominations as Reformation Day, and the preceding Sunday is known as Reformation Sunday . In Germany, the day is sometimes referred to as Luther's Theses Day .
See also Martinsfest
CONTACTS:
Concordia Theological Seminary
6600 N. Clinton St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
260-452-2100; fax: 260-452-2121
www.ctsfw.edu
SOURCES:
BkFest-1937, p. 106
DaysCustFaith-1957, p. 277
DictWrldRel-1989, p. 606
OxYear-1999, p. 434
RelHolCal-2004, p. 105

Celebrated in: Slovenia

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Central Lutheran Church - Celebration of Reformation Sunday with worship services at 8:15 a.
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McKenzie Valley Presbyterian - Celebrate Reformation Sunday at 10:30 a.
This season of Reformation Sunday, All Saints, and Evangelical Lutheran Worship strikes me as a fitting time to preach about God's place amid change--and not just because I wrote a book on the subject (When God Speaks through Change: Preaching in Times of Congregational Transition [Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2005]).
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