Do you remember what you were doing on D-Day? Do you remember what you were doing when JFK was assassinated? Do you remember what you were doing on 9-11? Do you remember what you were doing when your first child was born? I could go on with inquiries like this and you may wonder why I’m so inquisitive.
None of us were alive 500 years ago when God worked through the Lutheran Reformers to nourish and comfort His church. To mark this occasion, Zion Lutheran Church has planned two special events for the month of October. These will be celebrations that you won’t want to miss! First, as part of our Organ Concert Series, Zion will present a Reformation Hymn Festival on Sunday, October 1 at 3:00 p.m. Composer and organist, Robert Hobby, will be the featured performer, supported by choir and brass. Michael Costello will serve as commentator.
Then, on Sunday, October 29, at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., Zion will celebrate Martin Luther’s Choral Mass of 1526, led musically by organ, choir, and brass accompaniment. The 9:00 a.m. service will be broadcast live on WSAU 550 AM.
So, in a few years, when someone asks you, “How did you and your congregation celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation,” you can say, we sang the message of the Reformation. The Hymn Festival and Luther’s Choral Mass will be infused with hymns of our faith, because after all, that’s “Why Lutherans Sing What They Sing!”
Organ Concert Television Sponsorship: For the past two years, Wausau Area Access Channel has been video recording the Organ Concerts (and also the Reformation, Christmas Eve, and Easter Services) for broadcast on Channel 980. Once the final editing is completed for these events, they are also uploaded to YouTube. This has been a great way to connect with the community in Wausau and beyond. Our cost for editing and production is $300. If you would like to sponsor one of these broadcast events, please contact the church office or Kantor Beethe.
Kantorei Rehearsals will resume on Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 pm in the south balcony. We will be preparing music for two celebrations of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation! If you’ve always thought about singing in the choir but hesitated, please talk to Kantor.