500 years of Reformation – Sunday October 29th, 2017


As Canada remembers our 150 years of Confederation in 2017, Lutherans will also be commemorating their 500th anniversary since the Reformation. In 1517, the German theologian, Martin Luther, felt compelled to stand up against the abuses and exploitation of the institutional church. The legacy of Martin Luther goes beyond the launching pad for the Reformation in Germany, Switzerland, and many other European countries. The historic Lutheran Reformation movements have resulted in the formation of Lutheran communities in 98 countries across the globe, spanning Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Nordic countries and North America..

To mark our 500 years of heritage and Christian identity rooted in Martin Luther, the eight Ottawa Lutheran congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada are organizing a commemorative worship event at two significant locations in downtown Ottawa on Sunday October 29, 2017.

In Attendance: National Bishop Susan Johnson, Eastern Synod Bishop Michael Pryse, Algonquin Elder Barbara Dumont-Hill, the Mayor Jim Watson, and various Ambassadors, City Councillors, Provincial and Federal Members of Parliament and non profit organisations active in our community.

  • 9:15 a.m. Media launch – St Peter’s Lutheran Church, 400 Sparks Street.
  • 10:00 a.m. Service starts at St Peter’s Lutheran Church: Celebrating Reformation 500 in Song – a special presentation of a musical piece commissioned by St. Peter’s will be performed by the choir as a commemorative gift to the wider Reformation festivities.
  • 10:40 a.m. Processional to Christ Church Cathedral (414 Sparks Street) to continue worship event.
  • 11:00 a.m. Eucharist Service starts at Christ Church Cathedral.
  • 12:30 p.m. Informal Fellowship and display: Reformation 500 educational posters from the Evangelische Kirche Deutschland (EKD); Information booths from non profit organisations working within our community.

See https://ottawalutherans.org for the list of participating churches in Ottawa and volunteering information.

Additional information:

Parking: Free parking is available at the Government parking lot just west of the Library and Archives Canada, kitty corner to St. Peter’s and Christ Church Cathedral.   The parking lot is accessible from Wellington westbound at any time and from Wellington eastbound on week-ends.  We are encouraging younger, more physically able individuals to park there, to leave closer parking at the churches for the less mobile.  There will be shuttles (vans) running from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm to both churches and between each church.  St. Peter’s parking lot is available that day (free from 8 am to 6 pm), and more spaces will become open at Christ Church Cathedral parking lot after 10:30.

Children focus: there will be coloring pages available for children during the service at the Cathedral, and an activity table during the fellowship period in at Christ Church.  Note that there are no SCS classes on the 29th.

Commemorative event: In commemoration of the 95 Theses Martin Luther posted on the church doors in 1517, we will have a symbolic door hanging inside the Great Hall at Christ Church during the fellowship period where individuals can post their hopes and dreams for the Church for the next 500 years