Luther College continues Reformation commemoration

Sunday events include worship and hymn festival

In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Luther College is hosting several events, performances and exhibitions as part of the year-long commemoration.

Reformation Day Events planned for Sunday, Oct. 29, include the Festival Eucharist with local ELCA congregations and a festival hymn sing with Marty Haugen, Luther alumnus. Both events on Sunday are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Sunday's events begin with the Reformation Festival Eucharist at 10 a.m. in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus. Rev. April Ulring Larson, Luther class of 1972, will preside.

The community is invited to join local ELCA congregations for the service.

Festival Eucharist music is being provided by the college's Norsemen and Aurora choirs. In addition, congregation choir members may join Luther's Cantorei as part of the Mass Choir (ninth-graders through adults) or the Children's Choir (kindergarteners through eighth-graders). Choir rehearsals are Saturday, Oct. 28, in Luther's Center for Faith and Life Main Hall; Mass Choir at 10 a.m. and Children's Choir at 11 a.m.

Continuing Sunday's celebration, Marty Haugen, Luther class of 1973, will lead "Singing the Faith: A Reformation Hymn Festival," at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The hymn sing celebrates the role of music, hymns and singing in building community across generations, cultures and traditions.

A renowned church music composer, liturgical composer, workshop presenter, performing and recording artist and author, Haugen has spent the past 30 years presenting workshops and concerts across the world. He has more than 400 print pieces available through GIA Publications in addition to more than 35 recordings. Haugen has been an editor or consultant to copious GIA hymnals. He's worked with many denominations, including the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and Canada, the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church USA, the Mennonite Brethren and the United Church of Christ, among others across the world.

His best-known works are "Holden Evening Prayer" and "Now the Feast and Celebration," both liturgy for Lutheran use, "Mass of Creation" for Catholic Mass and "All Are Welcome," sung worldwide by various Christian congregations.

A resident of Eagan, Minnesota, Haugen earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Luther. He received his master's degree in pastoral studies from the University of St. Thomas.

Reformation events continue Tuesday, Oct. 31, with a plenary address from University of Notre Dame Professor Brad Gregory, workshops and a commemoration concert.

For the complete schedule of Luther College Reformation celebration events, visit

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