It’s a chance to learn about Martin Luther in a musical way.
On Friday, Oct. 13, students at Trinity Lutheran School in Fremont will present “Echoes of the Hammer.”
The public is invited to the free event, which starts at 7 p.m. in the school at 1546 N. Luther Road.
Sixty students in grades 4-7 will stage the musical, which includes scenes from the reformer’s life combined with songs.
“They’ve done a lot of work. I’m proud of them,” said Lora Howard, fine arts director at Trinity.
Even eighth-graders have gotten in on the act with behind-the-scenes work in lighting, props, sound projection and costumes.
The production is being hosted in observance of the 500th anniversary of the year when Martin Luther is believed to have nailed “The 95 Theses” – a list of questions for debate to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church. The document attacked a corrupt practice of selling “indulgences” (having people pay money or do some good deed) to have their sins forgiven.
Oct. 31, 1517, has long been listed as the date when Luther posted the theses. The document basically said people are saved by God’s grace alone, not by works – which was contrary to what was being taught in the church at that time, Howard said.
“Echoes of the Hammer” by Concordia Publishing House will take the audience through Luther’s life.
The story begins with Luther as a schoolboy.
In accordance with his parents’ wishes, Luther was studying to be a lawyer when he felt God’s call to become a monk.
“He started studying God’s word and discovered for himself that God’s grace extends to everybody no matter what position they hold,” Howard said.
Audiences learn about the growth of Luther’s faith. The story continues to the days when he became a leader in the Protestant Reformation, a husband and father, and proceeds to the end of his life.
Howard hopes area residents will attend the performance to learn more about the events that occurred during the Reformation and “how God used Martin Luther to bring about changes that affected all believers.
“A lot of our churches have grown out of the Protestant movement,” she said.