Thursday, October 26, 2017

“Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World” – FREE movie viewing at Bethel

Showing #1 
1:00 pm Movie (108 minutes)
3:00 pm Pastoral Facilitated Discussion

Showing #2 
6:00 pm Movie (108 minutes)
8:00 pm Pastoral Facilitated Discussion

This special screening is the perfect opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to an event in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This entertaining new film follows the great adventure story of Luther’s life, packed with political intrigue, kidnappings, and life-or-death showdowns. At the same time, it’s a story about the most important questions of life, including “Who am I?” “What is my purpose” and “How do I get right with God?” It’s a must-see for any lifelong Lutheran and those new to the faith. Here is a chance to learn more about your Lutheran heritage and share it with others.

Following the movie showings, there will be a pastor led discussion on the film. Please join us as we fellowship together and deepen our understanding of the Reformation. An additional RSVP is required for the discussion as space is limited.

Sign up to view the movie here.
Sign up to participate in the facilitated discussion here.
Sign-ups close Wednesday, October 25.

All are invited and welcome!

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.