North Carolina and South Carolina 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Service

You’re invited to a service in commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

A Sacred Concert featuring choirs from both Newberry College and Lenoir-Rhyne University will begin at 1:30 p.m. The service will begin at 2:00p.m. with a Processional of Ecumenical Guests and Rostered Ministers. ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will preach. Rostered ministers of both the North and South Carolina Synods are invited to vest and process; the color of the day is red.

Special music will be provided by the Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir, Newberry College Singers, Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus, Instrumentalists, and a Massed Choir of members from congregations in both Carolinas. The organists are Florence Jowers, Professor Emeritus, Lenoir-Rhyne University and Les Ackerman, Organist and Music Director, St. Mark’s, Charlotte. A special anthem: “The Righteous Shall Live By Faith” by the Rev. Dr. Paul Weber was commissioned by the Reformation 500 Task Force of the North Carolina Synod especially for this service.

If you are unable to come to the service in person, come and worship with Lutherans from both Carolinas through the live stream, go to: If your choir would like to participate in the Massed Choir for this worship service, please contact Sarah Ingle ( to express interest and learn details.