A special invitation from Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki, Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and Paul Erickson, Bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

On October 31, 2017, the ELCA and Catholic bishops of Wisconsin will gather with the faithful at Ascension Lutheran Church, Milwaukee to give thanks for the gifts received through the dialogues that have taken place over the last 50 years. Please consider joining us for this very special event!

October 31, 2017
Prayer Service to Commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Location: Ascension Lutheran Church, 1236 W. Layton Blvd, Milwaukee
Time:  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost:  Free

Please join us for a Joint Catholic-Lutheran Service of Common Prayer, “From Conflict to Communion: Together in Hope,” commemorating the Reformation and celebrating 50 years of Lutheran Catholic dialogue.

We’ll “lift the roof” with a 100 voice adult choir, children’s choir, and other choirs, musicians and speakers representing the diversity of our community. Our service is derived from the prayer service done in Lund/Malmo Sweden last October 31, led by Pope Francis and the leaders of Lutheran World Federation and attended by about 10,000 people from around the world.

This historic event marks the first Reformation centennial anniversary that Lutherans and Catholics have celebrated together.

Following confession and reconciliation we will share the peace, be fed by the Word, jointly confess our faith and make five commitments for our life together in the future. The service will end with participants writing and posting their commitments to “witness together to the mercy of God in proclamation and service to the world.”

All Wisconsin Roman Catholic and ELCA bishops will be present at Ascension Lutheran Church for this historic gathering. Everyone in the Greater Milwaukee Synod is invited.

Reception to follow.

We still need volunteers to help with the service. Most needed are adult choir members. Being a part of this choir will require two rehearsals, the first date yet to be determined and the second on October 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. We also need five congregations to bring Reformation banners and stands and be willing to carry the banner in the opening procession. If you are available for either of these opportunities, please email phil@gmselca.org.





October 14, 2017
From Conflict to Community: Lutheran/Catholic Commemoration of the Reformation

Location:  Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Menomonee Falls (W156N8131 Pilgrim Road, 53051)
Time:  5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Holy Cross will host a service of prayer and scripture to celebrate the healing of five centuries of conflict between Lutherans and Roman Catholics that began with the start of the Protestant Reformation in 1517.

Five area congregations will participate:

  • St. Anthony’s, St. Mary’s, and Good Shepherd Catholic churches
  • Gloria Dei and Holy Cross Lutheran churches

The service includes people from both traditions. Preachers will be Deacon Sandy Sites from Good Shepherd and Pastor Steve Bogie from Gloria Dei.

The order of service that will be used was first celebrated last Reformation Day, October 31, 2016 in Lund, Sweden. Both Pope Francis and leaders of the Lutheran World Federation participated. In his homily at this worship, Pope Francis said, “As Catholics and Lutherans, we have undertaken a common journey of reconciliation.”

We will celebrate three aspects during the service. First, gratitude for the 50 years of progress in building ecumenical relations. Second, our common witness of this commemoration as a sign of hope for the future, and finally, an opportunity for Lutherans and Catholics to repent for the religious conflicts that have split communities and families since the 16th century.

This worship will be a joyful celebration of our common witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our communion, nation and the world. It is going to be a very uplifting service. Please feel free to invite your friends and neighbors. Light refreshments will follow the service.

October 15, 2017
Reformation Presentation by Laura Gellott

Location: Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 322 Ohio St, Racine, 53405
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Cost: Free

Join us in the family room for coffee and a presentation by Laura Gellott, professor emeriti of history at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, where she taught European history for 30 years.  The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  This presentation will look at the reasons why Martin Luther was compelled to challenge the Church of his day.  What abuses in the institutional Church did Luther attack?  What were the important elements of Luther’s theology?  What was the social and political context in which Luther’s movement succeeded and spread, where earlier attempts at reform of the Church failed?  What is the lasting significance of Luther’s message today? 

Please join us for an interesting discussion. There is no need to sign up for this event.

October 15, 2017
Reformation Organ Concert with John Behnke

Location: Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 12012 W North Ave, Wauwatosa, 53226
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Everyone is invited to a public organ concert by John Behnke, featuring music from the Reformation to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation. Additional music will be provided by Voices of Zion (vocal choir), Festival Bells (handbell choir), and George Rada (trumpet). Reception will follow.

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October 21, 2017
Reformation Concert

Location:  Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Menomonee Falls (W156N8131 Pilgrim Road, 53051)
Time:  7 p.m.
Cost: Free

In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Holy Cross Lutheran Church presents a Reformation concert with mass chorus and orchestra. This concert will feature a special arrangement by composer Dan Forrest of “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” the hymn famously written by Martin Luther. This is the arrangement commissioned by the Concordia Choir & Sinfonietta of Concordia University, Irvine in honor of this year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The concert will also feature music by John Rutter and other well-known composers, as well as congregational singing.

All are welcome to attend.

Contact Information:

Michael Jacklin
Minister of Music
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
W156N8131 Pilgrim Rd
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051


October 21, 2017
Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World

Location: Christ the King Lutheran, 1600 N Genesee St, Delafield 53018
Time:  3:00 p.m.

The community and congregations of the Lake Country (and beyond) are invited to Christ the King Lutheran Church in Delafield for a free showing of the new documentary/movie, Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World. This movie will be shown in high definition on Christ the King’s newly installed “big screen.” This film tells the story of Luther’s role in the Protestant reformation and examines the impact of his thoughts. It brings together scholars from Roman Catholic and Lutheran expressions of the church. The movie is two hours in length and is narrated by Hugh Bonneville. This cinematic experience is underwritten by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Concessions will be offered by the youth of Christ the King.

October 22, 2017
Living Voices of the Gospel: A Festival of Hymns

Location: St. Luke’s Lutheran, 300 Carroll St, Waukesha 53186
Time:  4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Cost:  Free (free-will offering will be taken)


Michael Burkhardt will lead a hymn festival entitled Living Voices of the Gospel: a festival of hymns inspired by Martin Luther’s belief that music is a living voice of the Gospel (viva vox evangelii) and in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The choirs of Ascension, Waukesha, Church of the Resurrection, Pewaukee, St. John’s, Brookfield, and St. Luke’s, Waukesha will lead the service under the direction of Michael Burkhardt.

A free-will offering will be collected for the Hebron House of Hospitality, the largest homeless shelter in Waukesha County. A reception will follow the concert. All are welcome to attend!

Michael Schaner

October 28, 2017
A 500th Anniversary Celebration

Location:  Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1600 N Genesee St, Delafield 53018
Time:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Cost:  Free (free-will offering will be taken)

Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble to perform at Christ the King on October 28thSaturday3 p.m. in a 500th Anniversary Reformation Concert:
Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble is made up of faculty and alumni of the University of Chicago and features area organist, Jared Stellmacher, now music director and organist at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (ELCA) in southwest Madison. Jared is a native of Ripon, Wisconsin and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Music and Yale University (Masters) and the Sacred Institute of Music. Gargoyle brass quintet takes their name from the many diverse gargoyles on the campus buildings at the historic University of Chicago campus. They have produced professional recordings and have performed at the Overture Center in Madison in recent years.

Mark Gould, music coordinator at CTK, will collaborate with the choir and handbells on two numbers: “The Church’s One Foundation” (arr. Cathy Moklebust) featuring brass, organ, choir and handbells with audience sing-along, and “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing” (Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Five Mystical Songs”) with massed choir from CTK and Nashotah House Seminary.

Brass and organ are fitting ways to mark the rich musical heritage of the Lutheran Reformation. Martin Luther composed many hymns, a motet, and the German Mass. He loved to play and sing music in church and at home, playing lute and singing with a fine tenor voice. Brass holds a special place in the Lutheran musical tradition with almost every German Lutheran congregation featuring their “Posaunenchor” (literally “trombone choir”, but really a brass choir with diverse instruments). This is an uniquely Lutheran tradition. Organs were protected by Luther’s personal intervention against iconoclasts who wanted to rip out all statues and even organs from traditional places of worship. Lutherans have celebrated the unique gift of God’s blessed gift of music to make the Word of God come alive to heart, mind, and soul. Luther did not fear the sensual power of music but celebrated it. For Augustine and Luther alike music is the bonum donum Dei, the good gift of God.

This professional concert will be supported by CTK’s organ fund and a free will offering will be received. A small reception will follow.

October 28, 2017
Reformation Celebration – 500 Years in the Making

Location:  Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, WI (9235 W Bluemound Road, 53226)
Time:  5 p.m.  (Program at 5 p.m., followed by potluck dinner)
Cost:  Free

Event is for everyone.
Expected attendees include Bishop Erickson and a special guest speaker, Martin Luther himself. For additional information, please contact the church office, 414-476-9411.

October 29, 2017
Celebration of the Reformation

Location: Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 12012 W North Ave, Wauwatosa 53226
Time:  9:30 a.m.
Cost:  Free

Dr. Dudley Riggle, professor emeritus of Carthage College (and member of Mt. Zion,) will preach on the primary theme of the Reformation: “Grace Alone.”
Following the service will be a 500th Anniversary Celebration Brunch, at 11:00 a.m.

October 29, 2017
Growing Together in Faith – St. Luke Reformation 500 Celebration

Location: St. Luke Lutheran Church, N6193 State Road 32, Sheboygan Falls, 53085
Time:  10:30 a.m.
Cost:  Free

Our celebration will include a special Reformation worship service in commemoration of the 500th anniversary beginning at 10:30 am.  A potluck luncheon, fellowship & basket raffle will follow the service. As part of the fellowship, a Kids Korner will be available for the children with games, crafts, and fun!

In support of the ELCA’s Growing Together in Faith, St. Luke will be raising funds to purchase trees through ELCA Good Gifts as well as a commemorative tree to be planted on the grounds at St. Luke.

We will be collecting food and hygiene items from September through December for the Falls Food Pantry. Our goal is to fill our “Mighty Fortress” castle located in the church hall and deliver 500 (or more) items by mid-December.

We ask that those planning to attend RSVP to our church office, indicating number of adults attending, ages of children attending, and if you are willing to sign up to bring a side dish or dessert.
The church office phone number is 920-467-6149.

Facebook event page for this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/329940967464810/?ti=icl

October 29, 2017

Location: All Saints’ Cathedral, 808 E. Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Time: 3 p.m.

  • $18 at the door
  • $17 in advance
  • $10 for students
  • $1 discount for seniors

On Sunday, October 29th, the Bach Chamber Choir presents a concert of Reformation-inspired choral and organ music by J. S. Bach and D. Buxtehude.

Dieterich Buxtehude (1637(?)–1707) is the lesser-known of the two names. He was a Danish-German composer and organist who is considered to have greatly influenced other Baroque composers such as Handel, Telemann, and Bach. In 1705, 20-years-old J.S. Bach  – about 50 years Buxtehude’s junior – walked from Arnstad to Lübeck (250 miles!) and stayed there for three months to meet the master and to learn from his art.

The program includes three works by Buxtehude (“Alleluja”, “Magnificat”, “Missa Brevis”), selections from Bach’s “Magnificat” and Cantata #4 (“Christ lag in Todesbanden”), and organ pieces by both composers. The choir will be directed by Brian McLinden; Karen Beaumont will be at the organ.

October 31, 2017
Prayer Service to Commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Location: Ascension Lutheran Church, 1236 W. Layton Blvd, Milwaukee
Time:  7 p.m.
Cost:  Free

See video at top of this page for more information.

November 9, 2017
LUTHER, a play by John Osborne

Location: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 3022 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee 53208
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Event Cost:  $20;  groups of 10+, $10 each
(Discounts on LUTHER are also available to those who attend Windfall’s WITTENBERG performances in late September and early October.)

LUTHER, by John Osborne – A play showing forth the brilliance and the anguish of the monk, the scholar, the man whose mind and heart drove him to say to all, “Here I stand!” Winner of Tony Award for Best Play in 1964, it still holds the honesty and clarity of the Reformation for our day.

More details are available at www.windfalltheater.com.
Tickets are available at WWW.BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM

This event is sponsored by Thrivent Financial, The Village Church, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, and the Windfall Theater.