Luther movie screenings a success

Hundreds of WELS congregations and groups have already hosted screenings of the Martin Luther film A Return to Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy in their local communities, and hundreds more are planning showings in the upcoming months leading up to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this October.

Mr. Lee Hitter, director of WELS Communications, says he is thrilled to see WELS congregations take advantage of this opportunity to highlight God’s grace and the anniversary of the Reformation in their communities. “The reaction from our members that have seen the film is tremendous,” he says. “Every Lutheran should make it a priority to see it on the big screen. Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”

Congregations can still host local screenings of the film. Find out how at

Northwestern Publishing House is offering many resources connected to the film, including DVDs of the actual movie. Coming out in November, the DVDs are available for preorder now.

Other resources available for preorder include:

  • A Return to Grace four-week Bible study. This resource will use film segments to help viewers explore the life, times, and importance of Martin Luther. Available early summer.
  • Reformation: Grace, Faith, Scripture Bible study. This resource includes 12 three- to four-minute vignettes highlighting important truths of the Reformation. The vignettes can be used for a five-minute or a full-length Bible study (both included). They can also be used at the beginning or end of the worship service to celebrate the treasures of our Lutheran heritage. Available early summer.
  • God’s Plan for Luther and Me, a children’s film to help children explore what it means to be a Lutheran Christian today as well as a curriculum of classroom activities to go with the film. Available in fall.

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