Festival Worship

A massive procession of choir, pastors, and children from area Lutheran schools will herald the beginning of our 500th anniversary Festival Worship. In Scripture and song (with the best of the Lutheran musical heritage from across the centuries) we will celebrate the Gospel legacy of the Reformation. Imagine thousands of voices uniting for the processional hymn, "A Mighty Fortress." There hasn't been an event like this in the Northwest since the 450th anniversary celebration at the Seattle Center Colosseum in 1957.

The hosting church body for the Northwest Reformation 500 Festival Worship service is the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). Rev. Dr. William Weinrich (pictured), Professor of Historical Theology and Coordinator of Military Chaplaincy at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.,  will serve as guest preacher. An energetic and engaging speaker, Dr. Weinrich brings both an accomplished academic career and a dynamic ability to reach people in everyday language. His message will energize you to share the Reformation legacy of Christ alone, by grace alone, through faith alone as you reach out in your community. (Read more about Dr. Weinrich at our News page.) 

Rev. Paul Linnemann, President of the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, will serve as presiding minister at the service, leading us in prayer and praise.As Artistic Director for Northwest Reformation 500, Kyle Haugen, M.S.M., from Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Bellevue, Wash., plans the festival worship service and will direct music ensembles for Festival Worship. 

You can learn how to join the Festival Choir here.

To learn how to become an official Northwest Reformation 500 participating school or congregation from the Northwest District LCMS, please email Don Sundene, Executive Director, Lutheran Ministry Services Northwest at lms@lmsnw.org.