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10 Ways to Celebrate Reformation 500

October 25, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

October 31, 2017, is fast approaching. Do you have plans to celebrate this monumental event? If you don’t, here are 10 interesting ideas.

1. Read the Bible every day

One of the greatest legacies we enjoy from the Reformation is the ability to read and study the Bible on our own. Let’s not take that privilege for granted. Commit to reading through the Bible in a year. Follow the reading schedule on pages 299-304 of the Lutheran Service Book.

2. Tweet the 95 Theses

Starting in the early morning of Reformation Day, tweet all 95 Theses on Twitter throughout the day. Start with the last thesis and work your way backward. That way, when you are done, people can read all 95 Theses from the top down.

3. Memorize “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

Hymns played an indispensable role in spreading the Gospel Luther had rediscovered and clarified. “Next to theology,” he said, “I give to music the greatest honor.” He alone wrote 42 hymns, his most famous being, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”

4. Get a tonsure haircut

The tonsure is a haircut where you shave the crown of your head bald while leaving a ring of grown hair. This was a common style for monks like Luther.

5. Host an “Echoes of the Hammer” listening party

You can buy the vocal recording of this musical from Concordia Publishing House or stream it from Spotify. Enjoy with a nice mug of ale.

6. Cement a church door in your front yard

Who says you have to fly to Wittenberg to nail your own 95 Theses to a church door? You can buy a used wood panel exterior door for around $35 to $75 and cement it in your front yard. You’ll be the talk of the town!

7. Bake a Luther cake

Family-owned German cake mix company, Kathi, created this special cake mix in honor of the 500-year
anniversary of the Reformation Day: Chocolate cake mix, with extra chocolate shavings, filled with cherries and covered in a cocoa glaze and confectionary sugar. A stencil in the shape of Martin Luther is included. Order this cake mix at (search “Kathi Luther Cake”).

8. Build a simple printing press

Johann Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press allowed Luther’s ideas to spread rapidly. In honor of his contribution to the Reformation, build a printing press out of wood and a caulk gun. For directions, search “homemade printing press” on YouTube. Choose the Makify1 video.

9. Print your own VMDA t-shirt

Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum (The Word of the Lord Endures Forever) was the Reformation logo. Use the press you built to print this logo on a t-shirt. Then wear it proudly on Reformation Day.

10. Throw a Reformation costume party

Dress like Luther, Melanchthon, Staupitz, Katrina, a peasant, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V or even John Tetzel.

Whatever you do this October 31–make Luther proud.

Originally appeared in the 2017 fall issue of LCEF’s official magazine, Interest Time. View a digital version here.

Demian Farnworth
Senior Content Writer for the Lutheran Church Extension Fund.