Every 500 years or so it’s not a bad idea to take a look at the roots of your identity.

Your story.

Your heritage.

Where you came from.

And consider where you might be going.

Together.

What would you think about doing this for a Sunday, a summer, a season or maybe even the entire 500th Reformation Anniversary year, 2017?

The resources on this site are dedicated to helping you do just that. They include:

THE CROSS+GEN CATECHISM - Preach and teach from one end of Luther’s Small Catechism to the other during the entire 500th Reformation Anniversary year. Start in small Cross+Gen Table Talk communities with each commandment, petition and article of the Apostles’ Creed. Share highs and lows, then launch into reading each part of the Small Catechism and Luther’s meanings together. Talk about how the Catechism relates to your highs and lows, engaging the wisdom of the elder and the wonder of the child. Pray for one another with old, wrinkled hands and little pudgy hands clasped. Bless one another with the sign of the cross. Then, with your text study done in a Cross+Gen community, move into worship to share each small group’s insights as part of a thematic sermon, along with your pastor’s insights for the day. The themes you’ll cover include:

  • 6 weeks on the Sacraments and Luther’s explanations
     
  • 10 weeks on the Apostles’ Creed and Luther’s explanations
     
  • 10 weeks on the Lord’s Prayer and Luther’s explanations
     
  • 10 weeks on the Ten Commandments and Luther’s explanations
     
  • 12 weeks on the history of the Reformation, the heritage it left the world, and the future of the ever-reforming church

LUTHER THE MUSICAL - A full-length musical in 2 acts that can be performed with a Cross+Gen cast and crew over 12 mini-segments this fall to prepare your church for the anniversary year, or as a full-blown stage play that engages the entire community in the celebration.

SOUNDTRACK - Learn a baker’s dozen key scriptures in song with the key Bible themes included in Luther the Musical (NRSV verbatim).

GRAPHIC NOVEL - A stunningly beautiful, humorous and historic treatment on the life of Luther, his quest for peace with God, his bold stance against abuses of the church, and the tectonic shifts in international politics that changed the world. (With special appearances of Emperor Charles V of Spain, King Henry VIII of England, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and Mary, Queen of Hungary (Charles V’s little sister… who later became a Lutheran!)

COLOR BOOKS - Beautiful coloring books on Luther’s early life. Start with the electric storm that sent Luther to the monastery. Move through his struggle to find peace with God, to his Black Tower experience,  to the Wittenburg Church door where he nailed the 95 Theses, to his trial, kidnapping and later life.

TABLE TALKS - Giant Cross+Generational coloring pages with FAITH5 conversation starters built around six themes on Martin Luther’s early life and the birth of the Protestant Reformation.


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