My husband, Pastor Mike came dressed as Apostle Paul. He started the service off by sharing Paul's testimony and the truths he taught about Christ Alone, Faith Alone, Grace Alone, Scripture Alone, and To God's Glory Alone.
More heroes followed. First, a Roman lady talked about the early church, martyrdom, and the conversion of Constantine, making Christianity legal. Next, Lady Matilda from the Middle Ages talked about the changes in the church during the Middle Ages where some of the truth of the Word of God were watered down.
John Wycliffe spoke next about his adventures as a student at Oxford and his attempts to call the church back to the truths of the Bible. His followers were called Lollards, so we passed out lollipops to help us remember their name.
Martin Luther, influenced by the writings of John Wycliffe and John Huss, stood firm that the "just shall live by faith." Martin and Katie Luther shared their testimonies and their commitment to the Truth found in the Word of God. At this point, Katie passed out a basket with little tiny scrolls in it to several members of the congregation who came forward to read their Thesis and tape it to our Whittenburg Door.
Lady Jane Grey, the nine-day queen of England spoke next, sharing some of the battle in England for the Reformation teachings to take root. She shared about her terrible death, as well as her tutor John Fox who she encouraged to write a book. John Fox wrote a book we call Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Jane's execution was included in his books.
The next speaker was a Christian lady from the 1700s who shared how the Reformation impacted the Church in Europe. She shared how that stirred up a passion to reach the lost.
Our final speaker was Count Zinzendorf, a wealthy nobleman who started a church within his castle village of refugees who were fleeing from religious persecution. These Moravians prayed and fasted for the lost around the world and ended up sending missionaries all over the globe.
We ended the service with worship through the ages. Here is our worship set list:
Agnus Dei (6th Century) JR Lead/Madelynn AG
Be Thou My Vision (Dallan Forgaill 6th Century Ireland) Madelynn Lead/AG
All Creatures of Our God & King (St. Francis 1225, Italy) Madelynn AG
A Mighty Fortress is Our God (Martin Luther 1527-1529, Germany) JR EG
Amazing Grace (John Newton 1779, England) JA Lead/JR EG/Mad AG
Holy, Holy, Holy (Reginald Heber 1826, England) JR EG
[I Will Boast] Nothing But the Blood (Robert Lowry 1876)
All in all, everyone had a great time. We learned more about the Reformation, the truths of the Reformation, and we enjoyed our heritage as believers in Jesus. It was a delight!
Are you looking for resources to celebrate Reformation Day?
At this time each year, our family celebrates with a Heroes for Jesus Party.
There are so many heroes to celebrate! I love teaching my children about heroes and heroines who are sold out for Jesus and have been used to change the world.
Do you want to have your own Heroes for Jesus Party? Celebrate Our Christian Heroes encourages families to give their children true heroes in their lives, shares ideas on how to learn about Christian heroes, gives instructions to host a Heroes for Jesus Party, gives a list of heroes with monologues, costume suggestions, and games, and includes autumn recipes to use at your Heroes for Jesus Party. An additional Bonus is Paul's Missionary Journey to Rome Game with instructions, templates, and rules.
Celebrate Our Christian Heroes is available at Amazon. The E-book is available at PayHIp or Currclick.
Another resource I have just run across is The Five Solas: Signs to Follow on the Narrow Path. This family Bible study will help you explore Scripture in an engaging manner with seven days of family study. Each day includes:
- An overview of a Sola or Scriptural concept
- A Bible passage to study with discussion questions
- Additional passages to read to better understand the intent of each Sola
- A structured notebooking page
- A family activity
- A craft
Whatever way you choose, I hope your family will stop a minute and consider the Reformation and remember the truths, taught in Scripture, that it brought to the forefront.
God bless you.