As you make plans to celebrate Reformation Day Oct. 31, consider putting on a fair. That's how Our Savior Lutheran Church, Gatlinburg, Tenn., last year brought to life Martin Luther and his 95 Theses, which initiated the Lutheran Reformation.
The fair was sponsored by the youth group and Spirit Fest, the church's Wednesday evening program. Children and adults alike learned about Luther's 95 Theses, the papal indulgences sold by Brother John Tetzel, the Papal Bull sent by Pope Leo and much more. Nearly 25 people attended the fair in costumes from the Reformation period.
The program was similar to the church's Lenten Fair (April 2003, page 40). Beginning at 5 p.m., participants visited "booths of fun and learning" — areas set aside in the church to teach a specific aspect of Luther and the Reformation. Examples of the rooms included:
• Wittenberg University — read resources and texts with an expert on hand.
• The Herb Shop — smell the aroma of the 1500s and make a potpourri bag.
• The Artist's Studio — learn about the Reformation window that tells the story of Luther.
• Timeline Treasure — select your favorite time in Luther's story and add it to the timeline.
• The Print Shop — try calligraphy and learn what it was like as Luther transcribed the Bible for the common people.
The Bakery then opened at 6 p.m. to provide homemade bread, drumsticks, vegetable soup and fruit.
A program followed dinner and featured Scripture readings; music (including Luther's A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, of course); and talks on Luther, his statement on faith, and the Luther seal.
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