Looking for ways to learn more about the Reformation during this 500th anniversary year?
YOU ARE INVITED:
Panel Discussion on 500th Year Anniversary of Protestant Reformation
Sunday, February 12th 4:00-6:30 pm
130 Spit Brook Road, Nashua NH * 603-888-7579
Grace Lutheran Church of Nashua is pleased to invite the general public to join them for a panel discussion, in celebration of the Protestant Reformation of 1517. Two local pastors and three distinguished theologians will discuss . . .
“500 Years Protestant Reformation: What is here to stay?”
The Reformation was, first and foremost, all about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was then, and it still is now. The task of reformation never ends, for every person, in every generation, needs to hear the good news of the saving grace through the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We remember how Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses helped us recover Scripture’s message that we are justified by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior. The Reformation was not about Luther. It was about Jesus—and it’s still all about Jesus!
A panel will cover historic events and discuss the events and consequences of the Protestant Reformation, how such original reformation concepts as the non-negotiable dignity of every human being, the idea of work as a divine “calling”, and the obligation for society to provide social services (and their consequences) are relevant in the Christian traditions, even today. The panelists include:
- Margaret Schatkin, Associate Professor at the Theology Department at Boston College
- Christopher Boyd Brown, Associate Professor of Church History at Boston University
- Father Michael Kerper, Nashua’s St. Patrick Catholic Church
- em. Carter Lindberg, Church History at Boston University School of Theology
- Ingo Dutzmann, Boston’s First Lutheran Church
“We are grateful and excited to host such an excellent panel of experts to discuss the reformation” said Rev. Michael Meyer, pastor at Grace Lutheran Church. “And we are very happy to invite the general public to join us for this occasion”, he continued. Under the leadership of Rev. Michael Meyer and a Year of Reformation Celebration committee, the church has lined up a series of events throughout the year of 2017. This panel discussion is one of the educational events of this series.
This free event will take place in the Grace Sanctuary; beginning at 4:00 pm.
At the conclusion, everyone is invited to a light dinner,
including German desserts in our Fellowship Hall immediately following Closing Prayer.
About Grace Lutheran Church, Nashua NH
Grace Lutheran Church has been a thriving Lutheran community in Southern Nashua for more than thirty years. After humble beginnings in a Nashua warehouse, it has continued to grow at its main site on Spit Brook Road. Led by Rev. Michael Meyer, Grace Lutheran has just called as its second pastor Rev. George Ruwisch to better serve its growing number of members. Grace Lutheran church has been active in the Greater Nashua area through joint efforts including the Nashua Children’s Home, Anne-Marie House (transitional ministry), Nashua Soup Kitchen, Grace Place at Boy’s & Girl’s Club, and Food Pantry at Grace. Web: http://www.glcmsnh.org
About The Protestant Reformation
The Protestant Reformation began on October 31, 1517 when the German Augustinian monk Martin Luther, not to be confused with the American civil rights activist, nailed 95 provocative theses to the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany. Lutheranism has since evolved into a global faith of some 80 million adherents, some 3.5 million in America.
All throughout 2017 Christian believers worldwide are commemorating the 500th year anniversary of this German Protestant Reformation this year. Germany, the country of the original events, will conclude its 10-year-long “Luther Decade” this year with official celebrations in the town of Wittenberg.