First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach
18354 Eighth Ave NW
Shoreline 98177

500 Years of Evangelical Reformation 1517 – 2017
Six-week series of presentations on Lutheranism and the Reformation

When Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-five Theses” on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517, no one expected the breadth of evangelical reforms in Christian teaching and practice that followed.

First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach, 18354 Eighth Ave NW, Shoreline, is starting a six-week series of presentations on Lutheranism and the Reformation beginning Sunday September 17 with a showing of the video “Luther and the Reformation” by Rick Steves, the Edmonds-based European travel host.

The video and the other five Sunday presentations by experts on the origin of the Lutheran Church are a prelude to the upcoming 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation that helped propel Western Europe out of the Middle Ages.

All six Sunday programs will be at 9:45am between the 8:30am classic and 11:00am praise worship services. They will be held in the church’s Upper Room education center overlooking Puget Sound and the Olympics.

In addition to the Rick Steves video, the program series will feature:
  • Sept. 24 – Lutheran Identity and Four Gifts, presented by Dr. Michael Reid Trice, assistant dean and professor of ecumenical and interreligious dialogue at Seattle University.
  • Oct. 1 – Luther and Wittenberg: The University as Cradle of the Reformation, Dr. Mike Halvorson, professor of history at Pacific Lutheran University.
  • Oct. 8 – Luther: Out of the Dark Ages and Into Modernity, Dr. Eric B. Larson, Lutheran historian.
  • Oct., 15 – Women of the Reformation, the Rev. Jan Nesse, church pastor.
  • Oct 22 – Reformation Music, Joel Bevington, church music director and organist.

The series will be followed by an Oct 29 Reformation Sunday Festival Worship led by Pastors Jan Nesse and Jim Leistikow and Joel Bevington and the First Lutheran of Richmond Beach choir.



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