Grace Lutheran To Celebrate The 500th Anniversary Of Reformation

Grace Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Madison and Grace Avenues in Lakewood across from Madison Park, will be celebrating the 500th Anniversary of The Reformation on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22ND, AT 4 PM. The service will feature a processional by Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) clergy, a procession of banners made by congregations from Ohio and Pennsylvania, special music by The Lutheran Wind Ensemble an adult mass choir, and the bell choir of Grace Lutheran Church. The entire Greater Lakewood Community is cordially invited to attend this once in a lifetime celebration.

Both secular and church historians mark the beginning of The Reformation as October 31, 1517, the date that an Augustinian monk and university professor by the name of Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Intended for scholarly debate amongst clergy and university faculties to address the issue of indulgences and other practices within the medieval church, the 95 Theses were quickly published and spread throughout Germany thanks to the advent of the movable type printing press.  In the years that would follow, Luther would preach and teach extensively on the topic of salvation by Grace Alone through Faith Alone in Christ Alone as revealed in Scripture Alone. His translation of the Bible into German is widely recognized as having contributed greatly to the development of the modern German language as well as to the movement of placing the Bible into the hands of the common people in their own language.

It is indeed a rare privilege to be able to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of an important event. Both secular and church historians acknowledge that The Reformation is one of the most pivotal and important events of human history.  Grace Lutheran Church invites the entire community to celebrate this historic event with them and to take the opportunity to hear a message from a very gifted speaker.

Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb grew up in the small, southern Minnesota town of Good Thunder. There he married his childhood sweetheart, RoxAnne. The Lambs have been blessed with two sons and a wonderful woman they claim as their daughter. God has also blessed them with six grandchildren. Dr. Lamb received a B.A. in Biology from Mankato State University in 1973. In 1975 he enlisted in the USAF and served as an Emergency Medical Technician at the USAF Academy Hospital in Colorado Springs. He attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis where he received his Master of Divinity in 1982 and his Doctor of Ministry in 1994. Prior to accepting the position of Executive Director of National Lutherans For Life (LFL) in April 1996, Dr. Lamb served as senior pastor at St. Paul, Garner, Iowa, for fourteen years. He retired as executive director of LFL at the end of 2015. In December of 2016, he accepted a part time position as the Life Advocate for Lutheran Family Service of Iowa. He has been published in "Portals of Prayer" on four different occasions, is a regular contributor to "Concordia Pulpit Resources," and the author of numerous brochures, articles, and essays connecting the Gospel of Life to the life issues. He still maintains a busy speaking schedule throughout the U.S.

For more information on this historic service, please go to the Grace Lutheran Church website at and click on the tab for "news,' or call the church at 216-570-0234.

George Hansell has been the Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church since October 31, 2004.

George Hansell

Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church since October 31, 2004. Married 39 years to Krista. Son Christopher is a Lutheran elementary school teacher in Waltz, Michigan. Daughter Jennifer received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ohio State University in June 2010 and currently practices in the Washington, D.C. area. Pastor and Krista Hansell are the proud grandparents of two grandsons and one granddaughter

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