Decatur Circuit Celebrates 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Highlights Include Divine Service and Oktoberfest

The Decatur Circuit celebrated the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with a Divine Service and Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 9th at the Hoagland Community Center. The event featured Reverend Dr. Matthew Harrison, musical ensembles, a Reformation Walk, German food, live music and dancing. Approximately 1300 people attended the Divine Service with 2000 total attenders.

During the Divine Service, LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison preached on John 8 and referenced the strong Lutheran heritage in the Decatur area. Arborsong from Concordia University Ann Arbor chanted the Kyrie from Luther’s Mass in German, while several musical ensembles participated, including the Lutheran Elementary School Honors Choir, the Decatur Lutheran Chorale, and a brass ensemble from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

Reverend Peter Brock and Mr. Brian Horning (DFLM), who co-led the steering committee, were grateful for the strong turnout at the event.

“To see all the chairs full of God’s people there to hear the Word of God and sing was overwhelming,” Mr. Horning said.

“The choirs coming together were a gift,” Rev. Brock added. “I heard comments from people about how powerful it was for the whole circuit to sing ‘A Mighty Fortress’ and pray The Lord’s Prayer.”

Offerings from the Divine Service went to support the LCMS Wittenberg Project in Germany. The service, which was professionally recorded, will be broadcast on Access Fort Wayne.

The Reformation Walk was another highlight, with Lutheran schools from the Decatur Circuit organizing nine stops on a tour through Luther’s life in Germany, including a replica of the Wittenberg Door. German food and dancing, with live polka and square dancing bands, concluded the evening.

Reverend Geoff Robinson, Executive Counselor for Outreach for the Indiana District, says the anniversary of the Reformation is an important celebration because of what it means for our faith. “It’s easy to forget the truths of God and in particular the joy of the Gospel. We are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. We can never hear enough of that.”