This year we celebrate the 500th year since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Join us for a variety of events celebrating this momentous occasion, including Reformation Sunday on October 29.
On Oct. 22, our 500th anniversary celebration continues with an opportunity to view the latest film based on Martin Luther’s life, “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World.” Come for lunch in Byrd Hall following 10:50 worship and stay to enjoy the film which will begin around 1 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Adult Education Committee.
First Concert Series: Reformed in God's Image
Join us for a special hymn festival celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. in the PAC.
The Protestant Reformation in 1517 formed the beliefs and practices of a large part of the Christian church. Not only those churches which specifically call themselves “Reformed,” but many others have also been shaped by the work of the Protestant Reformers. Yet, as the years bring us farther from that historical event, we easily lose sight of what was at stake. As we mark this anniversary, join us for an event full of song and scripture as we affirm four Reformation truths: that God is sovereign, that scripture is key, that we live by faith, and that grace is essential! Because of these key understandings, we acknowledge that God is not finished with us just yet.
We acknowledge that we are still being formed in God’s image, that the church is not finished asking questions, and that the body of Christ has not completed its mission.
Candlelight Reformation Dinner & Tour
As part of our Celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Education Department invites you to join us in Byrd Hall for a free dinner at 5:15 p.m. following the hymn festival on Oct. 29. At the conclusion of dinner, our youth will host a candlelight tour of Reformation highlights in Blakley Hall. This is an intergenerational event. Email Emily Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 23 to RSVP.
Guest Speaker: Beth Shalom Hessel
What impact does the Reformation still have on Presbyterians today? Come find out on Nov. 5 when Beth Shalom Hessel, President of the Presbyterian Historical Society, visits FPC Dallas. She will offer two presentations.
9:30 a.m. in the PAC
“Of Sausages, Refugees, and the ‘Monstrous Regiment’: Protestant Reformers and the Freedom of Living under a Sovereign God”
Follow the Reformation from Wittenberg 500 years ago to Switzerland and Scotland. This presentation will focus particularly on Huldrych Zwingli in Zurich and Martin Bucer in Strasbourg, who introduced Protestant reforms to the Swiss confederation; John Calvin, who lit the fire and created an international movement that today carries his name; and John Knox, a Scottish priest who brought Calvinism back from Geneva to Scotland, from whence many of the early American Presbyterians came.
1:30 p.m. in Blakley Hall
“The Most Perfect School of Christ and The City on a Hill: Transporting the Protestant Reformation to America”
Less than 150 years after the Reformation upended Christendom in Europe, faithful Calvinists were starting Presbyterian churches in the British colonies of North America. Presbyterians started the first independent denomination in America with the creation of the Presbytery of Philadelphia in 1706. What were the dreams of the women and men who came to the colonies to build Calvinist churches and communities? We will see that American Presbyterianism was a continuation of the great Reformation experiment.