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Reformation500

2017 marks the 500 Year Anniversary of the Reformation. Rather than celebration, we will be focusing on observing this occasion with our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters throughout Florida.  As you may be aware, years of talks have borne fruit with signed documents encouraging closer ties with one another.

A Synod committee is working to develop resources and assist in the planning of  regional observances of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in Florida. Pastor Walter Still, Peace Lutheran Church, Ft Myers FL, is serving as the chair of the committee.

E-Spirit and the Florida-Bahamas Synod website will have updates regarding the commemoration of the anniversary for congregational and regional events led by the faithful of the FB Synod and Roman Catholic dioceses.

Where to begin? There is great information for congregations already at:

  1. Reformation 500: Sourcebook is available at Augsburg Fortess. It has a wealth of information, much that can be easily reproduced.
  2. Spend time at http://www.elca500.org/ . The website already is packed with information,  links to many resources, and events.

Images from the Common Prayer Service held in Miami, Oct. 29, 2017

Lutheran-Catholic Common Prayer Service--Miami

Images from the Service of Unity held in Venice, Oct. 31, 2017

Reformation Service of Unity--Venice

ELCA Churchwide office: Joint Lutheran-Catholic Commemoration of the Reformation

Thursday, March 2, 2017

4:00 p.m. (CST) Prelude

4:15 p.m. Liturgy

Lutheran Center Chapel Chicago, Ill.

Download the Program Booklet to see what the service included.

View the Livestreamed event below:

Images from Reformation500 Events throughout the Synod

Solemn Evening Prayer for Christian Unity

St. Vincent DePaul Seminary, January 24, 2017

Upcoming Events

for the most up-to-date information, please see the synod calendar.  Events and information are updated more frequently on the synod calendar.

November 4, 2017 – Reformation Hymn Festival, Nativity, Weeki Wachee


Past Events

October 31, 2016 – Joint Commemoration took place in Lund, Sweden with Pope Francis participating. Recording of live event.

November 10, 2016 – Joint Lutheran-Roman Catholic Clergy-Rostered Leader Retreat, Bethany Retreat Center in Lutz – Over 100 Roman- Catholic Clergy from the Diocese of St. Petersburg and ELCA rostered ministers from Florida-Bahamas Synod participated.

January 20, 2017 – Joint Lutheran-Roman Catholic Prayer Service, Prince of Peace Lutheran in Largo – 7:00PM

January 21, 2017 – Local celebration for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, St. Raphael’s Catholic Church Fellowship Hall, Lehigh Acres – 1:00PM

January 24, 2017 – Bishop Schaefer, homilist, at Joint Evening Prayer Service, St. Vincent DePaul Regional Seminary, Boynton Beach – 7:00PM

January 29, 2017 – Hymn Festival, That We a Godly Life May Live:  Daily Living with the Small Catechism at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 485 Turnbull Bay Road, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. -3:30 pm

February 26, 2017 – Creating a Prayer Labyrinth – Morningstar Renewal Center, Miami

February 26, 2017Bach Festival Celebrating the Reformation – Knowles Chapel, Winter Park – 3:00-5:00PM

March 21, 2017 – Hymn Celebration – Saint Armands Key Lutheran Church, Sarasota – 7:00 pm; featuring Dr. Paul Webber as choir director and Dr. Florence Jowers as organist, leading a choir of 7 congregations.

March 25, 2017 – Bishop Donald McCoid will make a presentation regarding “Declaration on the Way” – 1:00 p.m., Peace, Fort Myers.

March 27, 2017 – “Healing Christian Divisions,” a lecture at St. Thomas University 7:00PM with Bishop Donald McCoid and John Borelli. (Dinner for invited guests – 5:00PM). More information and speaker bios: St. Thomas Lecture

June 6, 2017 – Joint Prayer at Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine, Orlando

June 11, 2017 – Lutheran-Catholic hymn sing, Good Shepherd Lutheran, Tampa

September 10, 2017 – Hymns of the Reformation–a Festival of Sacred Music, Trinity Cathedral, Miami, 6:00 pm (rescheduled for Oct. 8)

September 27, 2017 – Lutheran-Catholic joint service, St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL, 7:00 pm

October 1, 2017 – Dedication of Prayer Labyrinth and planting of Tree, MorningStar Renewal Center, Miami

October 12-14, 2017 – Florida-Bahamas Synod Assembly

October 14-15, 2017 – Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony, Ocala Symphony Orchestra, Ocala

October 21-22, 2017 – Reformation Hymn Festival in Art and Song, Vero Beach/Melbourne

October 22, 2017 – Reformation Hymn Festival, Grace Lutheran Church at Carrollwood, 4:00 pm

October 28, 2017 – Music of the Reformation; Wortheim Concert Hall, Florida International University

October 29, 2017 – Joint Commemoration and Prayer, Miami Diocese

October 29, 2017 – ReformationFest, Ecumenical Worship followed by an Oktoberfest celebration; Hope Lutheran, Port Charlotte, 2:00 pm

October 31, 2017 – Service of Unity with the Diocese of Venice; Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Venice