LSS Reformation 500 Spotlight

Here our Hands Stand!
img_20161204_093652Women of Quickel Lutheran Church (Barbara Maleszewsi, left, Linda Coons, right, and Gloria Martz, seated) constructed a tree from the hands of congregation members; the white cross is made from hands representing members who have died.The sign beside the tree says “God’s work. Our hands.”

“We have spent a lot of time exploring the meaning of God’s love for us and our response,” said Pastor Barbara Barry. “The ladies wanted to find a unique way during Advent to symbolize that response. We love others because God first loved us.  They posted these hands to the door because we are trying to lift up the 500th anniversary of the Reformation throughout this coming year.”

The Luther Rose Tree
Each year the Christmas tree at Zion’s Lutheran Church in Jonestown has a theme, designed by one of the members. This year, the theme is Reformation 500 and the ornaments are components of Luther’s Rose, deconstructed. Click here for the explanation of the ornaments.

Deutscher Weihnachtsgottesdienst
St. Paul Enola ChristmasSt. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Wertzville Rd., Enola, hosted a Deutscher Weihnachtsgottesdienst this year as part of the congregation’s yearlong observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Pastor Anne-Rose Reeves, a native of Germany, led the 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve worship service, which was entirely in German. The church was filled to capacity. Click here to watch the service on the congregation’s YouTube Channel.

Reformation Prayer Tabletopper
There’s no better place to begin than with prayer. Zion’s Lutheran Church in Jonestown started their observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with a tabletop prayer tabletopper featuring prayers for our nation, for living with love, for meals, and prayers for morning and evening. This resource also serves as an evangelism tool with worship times conveniently listed. Click here for a PDF version. Pr. Caitlin Glass is happy to share an editable version with congregations that would like to personalize their own tabletopper.

Deutscher Ostergottesdienst
As part of the congregation’s yearlong Reformation Anniversary series of events and celebrations, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Enola honored its German heritage with a German Language Easter Service at 10:45 a.m. The congregation is located at 6839 Wertzville Road.

Read, Eat, and Learn at St. Stephen
As part of the congregation’s observance of the Reformation, St. Stephen Lutheran Church, New Kingstown, is featuring a book and resource display throughout the year. The congregation hosted a dinner and lecture on May 2 with Gettysburg Seminary visiting professor Vincent Evener addressing “Luther’s Small Catechism and the Spirituality of the Reformation.”

Back to Bach Concert Celebrates the Music of the Reformation
St. Michael Lutheran Church, Harrisburg, hosted “Back to Bach: A Celebration of Martin Luther and the Reformation 500” on Thursday, May 18. This free concert featured the Select Choirs of Lower Dauphin High School directed by Elizabeth M. Colpo and Alexander Ashman.

Planting Trees Celebrates Reformation
On Saturday, May 6th, members of the South York Conference planted more than 400 spruce trees at Lake William Kain to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.  This effort is based upon Luther’s apocryphal quote, “If I knew that the world would end tomorrow, I would plant a tree.”

On “God’s work. Our hands” Sunday the South York Conference will plant a black locust tree on the campus of SpiriTrust’s Shrewsbury Village.

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