PHOTO:  stadtkirche, wittenberg, cranach alterbild (self-photographed by gunnar bach pedersen, used with permission in public domain)

PHOTO:  stadtkirche, wittenberg, cranach alterbild
(self-photographed by gunnar bach pedersen, used with permission in public domain)


Reformation 500

October 31, 2017 (All Saints' Eve) will mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, which was ignited by Luther's posting of "The 95 Theses" on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, in 1517. A small committee is working on commemorative publications, projects, and events for St. Mark's, which will culminate in our own festival worship on the morning of October 29 (Reformation Sunday). The Washington DC Metropolitan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will sponsor a Reformation Service at 4:00 PM that afternoon (October 29) in Washington National Cathedral—mark it on your calendar! ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will preach. The previous Sunday, October 22, the National Lutheran Choir under the direction of David Cherwien will present a concert in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington at 7:00 PM—mark it on your calendar!

As other events come to our attention, they will be posted to St. Mark's Web site. If you have ideas or would like to join the committee, please see committee chair Chris Michaelsen. You can contact him via email or telephone (703-507-3817).

LutherFactsArt and the reformation

By the late 1530s and early 1540s, Martin Luther's reform efforts in Germany reached even into the world of art. A case in point can be found in the lives of Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1555) and his son Lucas Cranach the Younger (1515-1586), both highly regarded Renaissance painters. The father became a prominent advocate for the Reformation with his paintings of reformers and of the woodcut images for Luther's German Bible. Both painters moved away from traditional religious icons to a stress on discipleship. They influenced other artists to create new Lutheran Altarpieces to replace the existing ones. Examples are the stunning images found on the altar in Wittenberg's City Church, which depict the reformers as the Apostles at the Last Supper. Louis Cranach the Elder died as this work was underway and his son completed the painting. Together, the two men left a powerful legacy of religious art that helped Martin Luther convey his message. Today their combined body of work still provides valuable images of and insights into the Reformation. 

Reformation Reverberations

~ Chris Michaelsen, Organist/Accompanist

In July, I attended the biennial conference of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) in Minneapolis with my wife Janet. "Rise, Remember Well the Future" was the theme, from Susan Palo Cherwien's hymn, "Rise, O Church, like Christ Arisen" (see ELW #548, stanza 3: " ... the future God has called us to receive"). As you might expect from the title, although this year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the emphasis was not on that historic event but on the future of the Church and its continuing reformation, or re-forming. Click HERE for the rest of Chris' wonderful story of this conference! 

Oktoberfest to Celebrate Reformation 500?

Calling all brewers!

Yes, you did read that correctly. No, I'm not talking about baseball. I'm looking for men and women of St. Mark's who brew beer, or would like to learn.

To help celebrate the 500th anniversary of the reformation, home brewers in congregations around our Fairfax Conference are hoping to have an Oktoberfest with great home-brewed beer. Our friends at Lord of Life already have 25-30 brewers in their growing home-brew crew. I know we have some brewers at St. Mark's. (I myself brew.)

So, if you are a brewer or want to learn about it and possibly become one, send me an email at ‪ Someone recently told me that he doesn't brew beer but he does drink it; I responded, "What do you think we do when we brew?" ;-)

In all seriousness, brewing is a great social activity around which some wonderful conversations and relationships take shape. I look forward to receiving your email!

Until then, cheers!

+ Pastor Albert

          Martin Luther (1483-1546)

          Martin Luther (1483-1546)