Eve of Reformation Sunday – Saturday, October 28 – 6:00 pm
Join us for worship at 6 pm on Saturday, October 28, as we launch into our official celebration of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses—the beginning of the Reformation. The orchestra will provide a musical offering, “Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony” starting 15 minutes before the start of the service.
Reformation Sunday – Sunday, October 29 – 9:00, 10:10, & 10:30 am
The 500th anniversary of an important date in Lutheranism comes once, and Bethel will celebrate it in a grand way at the two sanctuary services and at Gate of Life.
Please note that for the sanctuary services you will want to come 15 minutes ahead of the normal worship time (come at 8:45 or 10:15) as the orchestra will introduce our Reformation theme with a stirring “Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony.”
The orchestra and Cantori will pick up that theme with Bach’s Cantata No. 80, “A Stronghold Sure.” It is based on Martin Luther’s grand hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” The Chancel Choir will add to the choral celebration at the worship services with Dan Forrest’s arrangement of the same hymn, written expressly for this 500th anniversary.
You will want to set aside 75 minutes for worship on this day! You will be blessed.
Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation – October 30, 2017 – 7:00 pm
On the occasion of the Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, following the gesture that Pope Francis and Lutheran leaders realized last year in Sweden, Bishop John M. Quinn and Bishop Steven H. Delzer will lead an Ecumenical Prayer service here at Bethel. Join us in prayer for the gift of dialogue and unity! Refreshments to follow.