Five Hundredth Anniversary of the Reformation

I received this in an email from the publishers of our hymnal, Celebrating Grace, and thought you would find it interesting.

October 31, 1517, is widely held to be the day German monk Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg which began the Protestant Reformation. Someone has said the Reformation was perhaps the greatest move of God’s Spirit since the days of the Apostles. Luther’s study of Scripture led him to oppose the Roman Catholic church on issues including the primacy of the Bible over church tradition and the means by which we are found righteous in the sight of God.

At that time, the practice of music in the Catholic church was dominated by the clergy leading the congregation as spectators rather than participants. Luther contended that worship should be an active experience and expression of the congregation including being able to read Scripture in their own language and singing songs of praise to God. So he translated the Bible into German and began writing hymns and tunes for some of his hymns. To be sure, his best-known hymn is A Mighty Fortress is Our God.

On Sunday, October 29th, in acknowledgement of the Reformation’s five hundredth anniversary, the Sanctuary Choir will sing an arrangement of Luther’s A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. To hear a sample of the arrangement we will present, click the following link: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. 

Also, Hymnary.org has information about A Mighty Fortress Is Our God on their website. It can be found at A Mighty Fortress Hymnary. Be sure to read the Bulletin Blurb and Worship Notes under the Leader Section.