Reformation Hymn Festival

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation

A Hymn Festival Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation
With Dr. John Schwandt, Organist and Dr. Steven Paulson, Luther Scholar

The Festival is part of the Lankford Arts Series: The Art of Faith

October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The celebration begins with a hymn festival at First Lutheran Church on Sunday, October 29, at 3 p.m. and you are invited to sing as part of the congregation!

Join the Sioux Falls community, along with a 100-voice mass choir, brass, violin, flute, and organ, in singing the faith we share! 

Hymns include:

“The Church’s One Foundation”
“O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright!”
“A Mighty Fortress is Our God”
“Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word”
“Christ is Made the Sure Foundation”
...and more!

The Festival will be followed by a German-themed supper of bratwurst and German potato salad in First Lutheran Church Reformation Hall. MEAL SOLD OUT

Tickets – SOlD OUT

 You may pick up your tickets at First Lutheran Church during business hours (M-Th 8-5, F 8-4) prior to the hymn festival, or at Will Call on the afternoon of Sunday, October 29. Doors open for Hymn Festival seating at 2:15 p.m.


Choirs register here

Dear Colleagues:

Thank you so much for agreeing to have your choir participate in the Reformation Hymn Festival at First Lutheran Church this October!  I am so excited to welcome all of you to First Lutheran in October, along with Dr. John Schwandt and Dr. Steve Paulson. 

At your earliest convenience, please click the button below for choir registration. 

You will find a form where you can enter the number of people in your choir, and reserve tickets for both the hymn festival and meal. Please direct your choir members, congregation, and others interested to the website. Tickets may also be reserved at the First Lutheran Church reception desk.

Zachary Rygiel
Director of Music
First Lutheran Church

About First Lutheran Choirs

“Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people…” (Isaiah 49:13)


At First Lutheran, our choirs joyfully respond to God’s work in Christ Jesus and serve in worship each week as the representative voice of the baptized gathered. Through a variety of vocal and bell ensembles, we invite all ages to participate and add their voice to the church’s song. Everyone is welcome. Come join us. 

Current schedules and other information are available here.

For more information contact Shirley Barlow at (605) 339-1983, ext. 261, or sbarlow@flcsf.org.






Dr. John Schwandt

Dr. John Schwandt, Associate Professor of Organ and Director of the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma will lead the hymn festival.
Dr. Schwandt is a nationally acclaimed performer and in demand as a clinician, recitalist, leader of hymn festivals, and improviser.


Dr. Steven Paulson

Dr. Steven Paulson, Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, will offer theological reflections throughout the festival. Dr. Paulson is one of the leading Reformation scholars in the world today. He is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., and earned the master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in 1984. He holds both the master of theology and doctor of theology degrees from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.