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Reformation 500

On October 31, 1517, a young monk named Martin Luther posted a statement of theological concerns for public viewing. A remarkable series of events followed, and the history of the world was changed. This month we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. Around the globe, Lutherans and other Christians are celebrating this milestone in a myriad of ways. Here’s what’s happening at Hope Lutheran Church.


  • Adult Education
    “Grace alone, through faith alone, on the basis of Scripture alone” summarized the Reformer’s basic theological principles, and forms an outline of what Lutherans believe, teach, and confess. A Sunday morning adult education class will explore these three “solas” as a supplement to our October sermon series. >> See all Adult Education in October

  • Small Groups
    All small group leaders have received a special Reformation-themed Bible study for use in the coming weeks or months.

  • Men’s Ministry; October 20, 2017 6:00-9:00PM
    Calling all men! As a part of Hope’s Reformation 500 celebration, you are invited to our first Oktoberfest social complete with brats, beverages, polka music, Reformation trivia, and more (lederhosen optional)! Please note this is a 21 and over event. Prost! >> Register here

  • Children’s Ministry
    Hope’s children will be dedicating a little time each week in Sunday school this month to learn more about Martin Luther, and to celebrate the 500 anniversary of the Reformation through stories, crafts, and fun activities. 

  • Youth Ministry
    5-6 graders will be digging into Luther’s famous Small Catechism question, “What does this mean?” during Sunday School. They’ll cap off the month with a Halloween/Reformation Day Costume Party on October 27. 7-12 graders have been learning about different world religions and Christian denominations. This month’s focus is on what it means to be Lutheran, and how to reform the world around us. Hope’s first-ever Youth Oktoberfest, featuring traditional German food, is on October 29.

  • Worship
    A five-part sermon series this month at Hope will explore the key principles of the Reformation, as summarized in Luther’s famous motto: “Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia.” As Lutherans, we celebrate the Bible’s clear, comforting teaching regarding our salvation, and our life together in the church. Hope’s anniversary focus will culminate with festival worship services on October 28-29.

    On Sunday, November 5, Lutherans from the Raleigh-area Lutheran Church Missouri Synod churches will gather together at Dorton Arena (NC State Fairgrounds) for a 12:30PM worship service and an afternoon of exciting ministry events. Hope’s Senior Choir will be part of a mass choir. The speaker of the “Lutheran Hour,” Rev. Dr. Greg Seltz, will be the featured preacher.