For more ideas on Reformation Day activities, you can check out what happened last year at Calvary.
The story goes that in 1517 a Catholic Priest and Monk nailed 95 theses to the door of a church in Wittenburg, Germany, thus beginning the Protestant Reformation. This Reformation was a Protest in reaction the the institution of the church abusing people and taking advantage of those living in the most poverty. This year, at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Arlington Heights, IL, we decided to live out a couple of the themes of the Reformation. If you were to protest a thing a church does today, what would it be? Be sure to comment below.
access to the Bible
At the front of the church, near the pulpit, we placed a table with multiple Bibles of all versions, paraphrases, and pictures. People were invited to write and/or illustrate their favorite Bible verses and tape them onto the altar rail and pulpit. Before Martin Luther, the Bible was in Latin. He translated it into the language of his people, which was German. For the first time, everyday people could read the Word of God, instead of having to go through a priest. In the church today, we celebrate our direct access to the Bible. Sometimes, though, direct access can be dangerous to those in power. You can learn more about base communities and how their direct access changes things at this post.
Last time I was at the congregation, those Bible verses were still posted on the wall.
Did you know they make huge post-it notes? We had bright orange ones, and invited people to write their statements of belief, their theses, on them. Then, they were stuck to the doors and windows that form the back of the sanctuary. A few of the statements were from Vacation Bible School even. What do you believe? What would you like the church to be discussing? Let us know in the comments!
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