By Cynthia Germain
Local Lutheran churches have held a number of activities leading up to October 31st, the date recognized as the sparking of Reformation. It is the 500th anniversary of the day that Martin Luther nailed 95 statements for debate on The All Saints Catholic Church door, which prompted a religious movement that ultimately led to the establishment of the Protestant churches. Carl Schroeder, a pastor of the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay, shares the idea that this is not a once-a-year celebration but rather a reminder that reformation is an ongoing process of faith.
The Reformation for churches of the Lutheran faith includes special worship services, bible studies and meals that center on the five Solas: grace alone, faith alone, scripture alone, to the glory of God alone, and Christ alone. Parishioners rededicate to the Solas during this notable time, and local churches have additional opportunities this week for the ongoing study of the Reformation.