The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is far too big a deal to be limited to just one service! Our celebration started with Luther’s Deutsche Messe at Hope Lutheran in St. Louis on Reformation Sunday, and Little Luther was there with us:
There were other services we could have attended between then and now, but the big event was tonight’s Reformation 500 service at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. We were there early enough to have a nice walk around the campus, and Little Luther got to see all the sights:
Little Luther also joined us for dinner at our favorite restaurant, Seamus McDaniel’s!
The celebration isn’t even over yet…we still have the American Kantorei’s Reformation concert at St. Paul Des Peres on Sunday afternoon!
“The Reformation was a time when men went blind, staggering drunk because they had discovered, in the dusty basement of late medievalism, a whole cellarfull of fifteen-hundred-year-old, two-hundred proof Grace – of bottle after bottle of pure distillate of Scripture, one sip of which would convince anyone that God saves us single-handedly. The word of the Gospel – after all those centuries of trying to lift yourself into heaven by worrying about the perfection of your bootstraps – suddenly turned out to be a flat announcement that the saved were home before they started… Grace has to be drunk straight: no water, no ice, and certainly no ginger ale; neither goodness, nor badness, not the flowers that bloom in the spring of super spirituality could be allowed to enter into the case.” Robert Farrar Capon
I’ve mentioned books we’ve read during October to learn about the Reformation, as well as books we’ve read to learn about our Lutheran heritage from time to time, but I’ve never put a list together in one place. In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this month, here’s our list…books about Martin and Katie Luther, (and some of their contemporaries) and the Reformation itself, as well as books about and/or by other notable Lutherans, and books about Lutheran theology, for pretty much all ages:
- The Lutheran Study Bible
- Luther’s Small Catechism
- The Book of Concord
- Lutheranism 101
- Lutheran Service Book
- The Adventures of Martin Luther
- Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World
- The Life of Martin Luther: A Pop-Up Book
- Luther: Echoes of the Hammer
- Katie Luther: Mother of the Reformation
- Martin Luther
- Katharina von Bora
- Johann S. Bach
- Heinrich Melchior Muhlenberg
- C.F.W. Walther
- Rosa Young
- Dr. Bessie Rehwinkel
- Dorothea Craemer
Advanced Readers/Adult Titles:
- Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World
- Brand Luther
- Inside the Reformation
- To All Eternity
- The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel
- Luther: Biography of a Reformer
- Katharina von Bora
- The Mother of the Reformation
- Frederick the Wise
- Evening in the Palace of Reason
- Light in the Dark Belt
- The Hammer of God
- Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
- The Cost of Discipleship
No “What We’re Reading” list would be complete without a few non-book items, such as CDs and DVDs!
Blessed Reformation Day!
Our Reformation Day festivities started yesterday at church, where we celebrated Luther’s German Mass, and sang many of my favorite Lutheran hymns:
Today, we had our traditional Reformation Day celebration. We read Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World this morning, and watched the “Reformation Polka.” We also had a celebratory dinner…beef stroganoff and buttered egg noodles with roasted carrots, and butterscotch haystacks (instead of Luther’s “Diet of Worms”) for dessert:
I’ve been holding on to this picture of the Fab Five in front of the Luther statue at Concordia University: Chicago since we visited last May…the same statue where I took a picture of Ryan on his graduation day in 2001!
I hope your Reformation Day was as pleasant as ours!
Little Luther was spotted at the “Diet of Worms” at the conclusion of our Reformation Day meal:
I think a new family tradition has been born!
It’s been a good 20 years since I first made this popular-with-children dessert, but I never even thought of renaming it for the Diet of Worms until CPH made the suggestion this fall. So, here’s my familiar recipe, with a new name, just in time for Reformation Day!
- 1 family-size package Oreo cookies
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 4 cups milk
- 8 oz. Cool Whip (can use chocolate)
- 2 3.9 oz. packages instant chocolate pudding
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- Gummi worms
Crush Oreos in a bag with a rolling pin, or pulse in food processor until fine crumbs. Put 1/3 of the crushed Oreos into a glass trifle bowl. Add a few “worms” to the “dirt.” Set aside.
Mix butter, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth and well blended. Set aside.
Combine milk and pudding mix as directed on pudding box. Let stand about five minutes, then fold Cool Whip into the pudding.
Fold together pudding mixture and butter-cream cheese mixture.
Layer half of the pudding mixture on top of the cookie crumbs in trifle bowl. Add another 1/3 of the Oreos with “worms,” then remaining pudding mixture. Top with remaining Oreos and “worms.”
Chill for 3 to 4 hours before serving.