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Monday, September 2

The 2013 NALC Convocation approved a resolution setting a goal of growing to at least 1517 NALC congregations by the year 2017. The goal was set as a way to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by reaching out with the Gospel and growing as a church.

The resolution also invites NALC members and Christians worldwide to join in an international day of prayer on Monday, September 2, asking God to send His Holy Spirit to help and guide us.

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the posting of the 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg by Martin Luther. It is often considered the symbolic beginning of the Reformation.

The resolution notes that “our mission field is 500 million people in North America and the Caribbean” and that “as Lutherans who believe in the priesthood of all believers we each bear personal responsibility as priests for evangelism and the Great Commission.”

Download a “1517 by 2017 International Day of Prayer” bulletin insert.