Reformation's Not Just for Lutherans

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Byline: Laura Zahn Pohl Daily Herald Correspondent

Martin Luther's Reformation movement in the early 1500s in Germany forever altered the practice of organized religion, and at the same time, other denominations grew from those changes.

On Oct. 31, 1517, Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg that signified his intention to break from the teachings of the Catholic Church.

To celebrate Luther's bold leadership and the creation of other reformed denominations, Southminster Presbyterian Church will observe Reformation Sunday with a special service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 680 S. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn.

The celebration will feature a Celebration of Banners and Creeds, a colorful and engaging worship service that serves to remind participants of the history and heritage of the Presbyterian Church and other reformed denominations.

"We hold this special service every few years," said Caroline Linde, moderator of the worship committee and organizer of the event. "We have a collection of lovely banners created by a former member that represents the important creeds in our faith."

The banners faithfully replicate those first created when the Celebration of Banners and Creeds was introduced at a 1968 general assembly of the Presbyterian Church.

The first banners represent the Nicene Creed and the Apostle's Creed, considered to be the foundation of Christian beliefs. …