Why mark Reformation Day on Oct. 31?
Martin Luther’s theses sparked the Protestant Reformation in 1517.
Reformation Day has never been a major observance in most United Methodist churches despite its appearance on our program calendars. It is much more important to the Lutherans and Presbyterians than to the Methodists. The reason, of course, is that we trace our heritage back through John and Charles Wesley, both priests in the Church of England, rather than to the branch of Protestantism that comes through the reformers Martin Luther and John Calvin.
That is not to say that there is no place in our worship for remembering and considering the Protestant Reformation. Find out how its themes are echoed in The United Methodist Church...