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Music camp is a week long event that is conducted annually at Messiah Lutheran Church. This week, children from Messiah Lutheran Church and the local community participated in an original musical production entitled “Martin Meets Grace” during this year’s Music Camp.  Through song and humor, the children tell the story of the Martin Luther.

Martin Luther (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German friar, priest and professor of theology who was a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation. Initially an Augustinian friar, Luther came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God’s punishment for sin could be purchased with money. He confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel, a Dominican friar, with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. His refusal to retract all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the Pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Emperor.

Luther taught that salvation and subsequently eternity in heaven is not earned by good deeds but is received only as a free gift of God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin and subsequently eternity in hell. His theology challenged the authority and office of the Pope by teaching that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge from God.

His translation of the Bible into the vernacular (instead of Latin) made it more accessible, which had a tremendous impact on the church and on German culture.

In addition to practicing for the musical production, the children also enjoyed music, drama, arts and crafts, recreation, snacks and afternoon activities. If you watch the video above, you will easily be able to tell that the kids had a great time based on all of the smiles on their faces.

We give special thanks to the small army of adult and teen volunteers who helped make Music Camp a success this year by putting this awesome Worship service together in just one week.

The Music and Lyrics for “Martin Meets Grace” were written by Pastor Scott Peterson and our Music Director, Lois Graff.

Here are some videos from previous music camps.

2014 – http://mlutheran.blogspot.com/2014/06/music-camp-2014-man-with-mission.html
2013 – http://mlutheran.blogspot.com/2013/06/music-camp-god-goes-fishing.html
2012 – http://mlutheran.blogspot.com/2012/06/oh-brother.html
2011 – http://mlutheran.blogspot.com/2011/06/sam-shams-and-shepherd-king.html
2010 – http://mlutheran.blogspot.com/2010/06/lord-use-me-music-camp-2010_17.html