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. The worship service will loosely follow the historic pattern of Vespers or Evening Prayer. Some highlights planned for the worship service include:
- A thunderous sound of hundreds united to sing the processional hymn, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God."
- A representation of the door of the castle church at Wittenberg near the entrance to the Worship Center, with a copy of Luther's 95 Theses nailed upon it much like the original 500 years ago.
- The The Nuer Language Choir (Sudanese Lutheran Mission Choir), conducted by Rev. Mathew Both (pictured), lending their voices to worship and praise in their native language.
New Liturgical Furnishings by Local Pastor
Rev. Trevor Mankin of Messiah Lutheran Church, Seattle, is an accomplished designer and woodworker. He is providing a new altar, pulpit, and baptismal font for Northwest Reformation 500's Festival Worship. These intricately carved liturgical furnishings will be donated to Messiah's mission congregation in Moscow, Idaho.
Pictured here is Pastor Mankin in September 2017 with the unfinished baptismal font. His design, in the shape of Noah's ark, recalls Luther's baptismal "Flood Prayer," in which Luther reminds us that the deliverance of Noah and his family prefigures our deliverance from sin and death through Holy Baptism.
Host Church: NW District LCMS
The host 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. Preaching on the Song of Mary (the Magnificat), Dr. Weinrich's 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.
Massed Festival Choir: More Than 200 Voices
We’re delighted that Northwest Reformation 500 will feature a massed choir of more than 200 voices! Joining singers from across the region will be the Boeing Employees Choir. Lutheran Ministry Services Northwest has an ongoing relationship with this accomplished ensemble, led by Dr. David Chrysler. The Boeing Choir will present a choral prelude to the worship service and then join the massed Festival Choir. The participation of the Boeing choir is one way Northwest Reformation 500 is reaching out to the community at large.
The Festival Choir—a massed choir of singers from across the region plus the Boeing choir—will be directed by Kyle Haugen, Artistic Director for Northwest Reformation 500.
Kyle brings twenty years of church music experience and has served congregations in Boston, Minneapolis, and Tacoma. He currently serves at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Bellevue, Washington. He is the assistant director of Northwest Repertory Singers and has recently been named the ensemble's artistic director beginning with the 2018-2019 season. For nearly a decade, Kyle taught with Tacoma Youth Chorus (pictured), working with the high school level. He is a published composer whose work has been featured on PBS television nationwide. In 2018, his new melody and choral setting for the Christmas hymn, "Where Shepherds Lately Knelt," by noted Lutheran poet Jaroslav Vajda, will be released by Augsburg Fortress Publishers.