On Sunday October 27 the United Presbyterian Church of Whitinsville will celebrate the 502nd anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation with a special worship service. We will remember that on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 statements about much needed church reforms, giving birth to the Protestant tradition. In addition to laying the theological foundation for the Lutheran denomination, his writings were used by John Calvin to lay the theological foundation for the Presbyterian denomination. Scotsman John Knox then took Calvin’s teaching to Scotland, where the Presbyterian Church officially began.
All are welcome at the worship service, which will begin at 10:30 with a bagpiper leading a procession symbolizing the centrality of Christ and Scripture, as God’s light illumines our path through this earthly life. The service will feature hymns by Luther and Calvin, and Rev. Dr. DeHoff’s sermon will remind us of the Reformers’ central message, based on Scripture, that we “are saved by grace and not by our own works.”