St. Mark’s celebrating Protestant Reformation

Gazette Staff

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Delaware is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Activities will begin at noon on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the church, located at the corner of William and Union streets.

According to a press release issued by the church, on Oct. 31, 1517, a young Roman Catholic Priest and Augustinian monk named Martin Luther posted his “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” more commonly known as “The 95 Theses,” which was the spark that ignited the Protestant Reformation.

“In 500 years, as Christians, we have translated the Bible into hundreds of languages allowing people to develop a personal faith relationship with God,” said Rev. Jen Rue, pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. “In turn, allowing the spread of the Good News of Jesus Christ to every corner of the earth. In 500 years, the free gift of grace and love that God gives us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, has become the core of many protestant denominations. Christ’s Church has developed into many different denominations all who confess the wonder of what God has done and is doing in our everyday life.”

Rue said despite many differences that have arisen between denominations over the years, many churches are still working toward unity.

“In 500 years, we have had many arguments about theology and biblical interpretation which have divided us over time,” she said. “All though in recent years many churches have worked to heal wounds caused to one another allowing relationships between denominations to foster the unity found in Christ. These are all reasons why we will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.”

Rue said the public is invited to the church parking lot from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 for the celebration. German cuisine from Schmidt’s sausage truck will be served. Bounce houses will be open to children.

Join in the table talk with Martin and Katie Luther. Learn about the reforms of the church as you participate in games and activities. Stop by the Gifts of Grace booth to pick up a free gift.

For information, contact the church office at 740-362-6771 or [email protected]

Gazette Staff