Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sugar Bush
Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation
Welcome to Grace Lutheran Church of Sugar Bush just north of New London, WI. We invite you to worship our Lord Jesus Christ and grow with our family during our Sunday morning worship services, our special services, Sunday School, and various Bible Studies opportunities. May God bless you!
What's Going On at Grace?
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses or Statements on the church door in Wittenberg opposing the sale of indulgences (documents promising salvation through payment). This event marked the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation. Many Lutherans around the world are commemorating this anniversary in different ways. We are marking the event through a three week series of worship services.
Catechism Sunday (October 22): Christian education and learning the truths of God’s Word has spiritual value for all ages. Martin Luther understood that and he saw the starting point for that teaching as being in the Christian home. That need to learn prompted him to write one of his most famous and still used works for teaching the truths of God’s Word—the Small Catechism. Our worship will be centered around the Catechism which is divided into six parts using questions and answers summarizing the Christian faith.
Reformation Hymn Festival (October 29): Martin Luther not only restored the truth of the Gospel which was hidden under false teachings, he also believed that music was a perfect means to communicate, remember, and proclaim God’s Word. So Luther also wrote many hymns that are still sung today. While only a handful of these hymns remain in our hymnal today, they remain treasures of the Lutheran church. Our worship will be a service of Scripture lessons and a few of those hymns as we sing the truths of Scripture through Martin Luther’s sermons in song.
Reformation Festival Worship (November 5): This is the pinnacle of our Reformation commemoration and celebration. Our festival worship service will follow this theme: “Our Heritage is our Future”. We focus on our Lutheran heritage with its foundation in the Word of God and also how we as Christians we must hold on to that heritage. In a world that stands against that Word, it must be our future as the Reformation’s principles live on in us and through us. The children of our Sunday School will sing in the late service that day to enhance our worship. Following our morning services, we will be having a Reformation pot luck in the basement.
Our Doors are Open To All
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.