Popular legend has it that on October 31,1517 Martin Luther defiantly nailed a copy of his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church. The reality was probably not so dramatic.

The 95 Theses, which would later become the foundation of the Protestant Reformation, were written in a remarkably humble and academic tone, questioning rather than accusing.

Nonetheless, the document was very provocative. The first two of the theses contained Luther’s central ideas: that the Bible is the sole religious authority, that God intended believers to seek repentance, and that faith alone, and not deeds, would lead to salvation.

On Sunday, October 29 at both services we will mark the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with a hymn festival featuring Congregation, Chancel Choir, Organ, May River Brass, and Timpani.