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Memphis “Luther 500” Episcopal/Lutheran Commemoration

A Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation service was hosted at Church of the Holy Communion (Episcopal), Memphis, Tennessee, on Sunday evening, Oct. 29, in which all of the Memphis area Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregations participated: Epiphany Lutheran, Germantown; Living Word Lutheran, Arlington; Peace Lutheran, Memphis; and St. Luke’s Lutheran, Cordova. The Rt. Rev. Don E. Johnson (D.Min. 1988), Episcopal Bishop of West Tennessee, was the preacher, and Pastor Cliff Bahlinger, Dean of the ELCA West Tennessee Deanery, presided at the Eucharist. Dr. David Perry Ouzts (D.S.M. 2008) organized the liturgy and combined choirs and served as the organist. Choirs from the annual Memphis Interfaith Thanksgiving Service association were also invited to participate. The liturgy followed the Lutheran format, completed with a Baptism sprinkling rite in the entering procession, and was highlighted by both Episcopal and Lutheran service music settings and robust German chorales as hymns.

Luther 500 Altar 1 Luther 500 banners Luther 500 choir wide 2 Luther 500 clergy 1 Luther 500 sprinkling 1