Renaissance of the Reformation
IT’S a celebration that has been 500 — at times bloody and brutal — years in the making.
And Echuca-Moama is invited to the party next month as Echuca’s Trinity Lutheran church celebrates the launch of the Reformation.
Which it will be kicking off with beer, bratwurst and Bach on Sunday at its annual Reformation service.
Five hundred years ago Martin Luther, disenchanted with many of the teachings of the Roman Catholic church allegedly nailed his now famous Ninety-five Theses to the door of the Wittenberg church in Saxony (now part of Germany).
In his writings Luther attacked several practices of the church, including some of its major revenue-raising enterprises, such as indulgences, which allowed people to buy their way out of sin.
Luther believed salvation was only possible through devotion to Christ — a purist commitment not enthusiastically supported by the Vatican.
His determination to stand by his Theses and his beliefs earned him the almost immediate reward of excommunication by Pope Leo X, who was joined shortly after by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, who branded the theologian and priest an outlaw.
Luther’s stand ingnited a schism in the church and sparked a religious revolution that spread across Europe and the known world.
His attack on the church would be compounded barely a decade later when Henry VIII in England also broke away from Rome, although more out of politics than piety, sparking bloody reprisals against the Catholic church there.
Echuca’s Trinity Lutheran Church will be holding a much more peaceful Reformation Service on November 5 to commemorate the event.
And on November 10 it will be hosting an evening at the Moama Anglican Grammar Hall, complete with a German-themed pub meal.
There will also be a screening of the documentary film Bach and the Lutheran Legacy.
Church pastor Matt Anker said the celebration was open to everyone and he hoped people would come to learn more about the church.
“I hope it will be an enjoyable community event where people can learn about our church’s history and western history,” he said.
“Luther was quite influential but most people don’t know much about him or what he did.
“We would love people to come along and feel welcome within the church.”
Cost for the dinner is $10 per person and $5 for children and it is BYO drinks.
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COME ONE, COME ALL: Echuca Trinity Lutheran Church pastor Matt Anker encouraged the community to learn about the church at the upcoming Reformation celebrations.