On October 31, 2018, the LTS community held a special divine service to commemorate the 501st anniversary of the Reformation. Liturgist for the day was Rev. Mbongeni John Nkambule, while Rector Dr. C. Walter Winterle served as preacher.
The rector also called the children from the daycare forward to teach them about the significance and meaning behind the Luther Rose, which has come to serve as a symbol for Lutherans around the world.
Following the divine service, church history lecturer Rev. Dr. Karl Böhmer provided a festival address on the origins of the Reformation and on Lutheran identity today, highlighting the astonishing workload and prayer schedule of the Reformer Dr. Luther – astonishing because Luther so prominently accentuated the free gift of grace – and encouraging the students to pray as if all their work was of no avail, and to work as if all their prayers were of no avail, all the while receiving the Lord’s gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation where He gives them.