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1 - Your own thesis for the Church


In 1517, Luther posted his famous “95 theses” on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg – the reformation had begun! It gave the church new life, brought about changes in society and gave the Bible to the people. We can no longer understand many of Luther’s theses of that day – they were a reaction to a deplorable state of affairs in church and society. And that was precisely why they caused so much «action» among the ordinary people and among the leaders of that day.

What is your thesis for our age? What is your message to the Church of today? What should we as Christians proclaim with heart and voice for the present time and for the future? What new discoveries are there to be made? Let’s hear your thesis!

how it works
  1. Immerse yourself in the Bible and let it inspire you. 500 years ago, Luther, Calvin and Co, inspired by the Bible, started a revolution. In the same way God would like to inspire you and show you His message for our day.
  2. Share what you discover with your friends. Inspiration from above often takes place in fellowship with other Christians. Get together with your confirmation class, in your house group, in your youth service and find out what your message could be.
  3. Work with the 40 topics. In the run-up to the Reformation jubilee, many people have already begun to discuss what God wants to say to us for our generation. Look up the “40 Topics” at the following link, read the appropriate biblical texts.
  4. You can submit your thesis in the form of a text, as an illustrated poster or a video clip, just to mention a few examples. The deadline is September 30, 2017. In the run-up to the festival, we will publish your thesis on Facebook, Instagram or on our website. At the festival, the theses will be presented as part of an exhibition, and individual theses can even find their way into the programme.

We need the following information from you:
Family name, Christian name, address, email address

Please, send your thesis to this address:
Email:    partizipation@reformaction.ch
Postal address: Reformaction-Backoffice, c/o Bibellesebund Schweiz, Industriestrasse 1, 8404 Winterthur

2 - Your prayers


Not only a renewed emphasis on the Word of God came through the Reformation but also a movement focusing on the personal relationship of man or women with God. This was nothing new – in the Bible we find countless passages where people get personally in touch with God through prayer. Praying is a conversation with God. The book of the Psalms, for example, is a book full of personal conversations with God. In prayer, we express our relationship with God. Prayer is not simply about moving God to do what we want. Much more important is that we, through prayer, are touched and blessed by Him. He shows us his view of ourselves and our questions.

Your prayers will come first at our festival. As part of the “night of lights” on Friday night, we want to give your prayers priority. The deadline for your submission is October 15, 2017.

how it works
  • Get inspired by the Bible. For example, by reading in the book of prayer – the Psalmes. Or by discovering how Jesus taught his disciples to pray (the “Our Father” in Matthew 6: 9-13). Or how his disciples prayed (Acts 4: 23-31). There are many different forms of prayer, for example:

Confession: we confess our guilt before God and before man.

Worship: We stand in awe before God and tell him what we feel for him.

Praise: We sing and give praise to God for his works and his love towards us.

Thanksgiving: We say “thank you” for all that God has given us.

Prayer: We bring our personal desires and needs to God.

Intercession: We tell God about the needs of other people and ask for his help.

Blessing: We ask for and pronounce blessing (good) on others.

Lamentation: Instead of moaning to ourselves we tell God what troubles us and leave it in His good hands. Sometimes he stills the storm and at other times, he lets the storm rage but comforts us as his children.

  • Think about what you want to say very personally to God and write it down. Frankly, honestly just as you feel. God does not need our perfect sentences; we can approach him just as we are.
  • As a last step you can work on your prayer, if you want to. Perhaps you can make a poem out of it? Perhaps you can shorten it – or maybe not?

We need the following information from you:
Family name, Christian name, Address, email address

Please, send your prayer to:
Email:    partizipation@reformaction.ch
Postal address: Reformaction-Backoffice, c/o Bibellesebund Schweiz, Industriestrasse 1, 8404 Winterthur