Sermon Luke 14:25-33; 13th Sunday after Pentecost – September 8th, 2019: ‘You are some of those Christians, aren’t you?’ by Pr. Kerstin Weidmann

  It was the year 1985. I was 15 and attending my first ‘Kirchentag’, literally ‘Church Day’, in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Kirchentag is a massive biannual event that lasts 5 days. More than 100,000 Christians of all ages, most of them Protestants, descend upon a certain city or region. There are worship services, concerts, Bible […]

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Sermon Luke 13:10-17 – ‘I’m so glad Jesus lifted me’; 11th Sunday after Pentecost – August 25th, 2019 by Pr. Kerstin Weidmann

  August 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slave trade in the British Colonies on the American continent. In 1619, 20+ African slaves were brought by a Dutch ‘privateer’ – basically a pirate who was hired by kings or queens as a mercenary – to Jamestown in Virginia. These slaves originally were […]

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Sermon Luke 12:49-56 – ‘Division for the Sake of Christ’; 10th Sunday after Pentecost – August 18th, 2019 by Pastor Kerstin Weidmann

Sermon Luke 12:49-56 – ‘Division for the Sake of Christ’ 10th Sunday after Pentecost August 18th, 2019 Two weeks ago, the church wide assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, also known under its abbreviation ELCA (of which our congregation is a part) met in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Elected voting members from all over the […]

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Sermon Luke 11:1-13 “Soli Deo Gloria – The Lifelong Musical Prayer of J.S. Bach”; 7th Sunday after Pentecost – July 28th, 2019, by Pr. Kerstin Weidmann

  On this day in 1750, Johann Sebastian Bach, one of the most industrious and gifted composers of all times, died in Leipzig in what today is Germany at the age of 65. He had been ailing for a while, and it seems in the end he died after a stroke. Bach came from a […]

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Rev. Dr. Karin Achtelstetter, Executive Director of Canadian Lutheran World Relief, to Preach at St. Matthew’s on June 30 at 10 a.m.

Join us for worship on Sunday, June 30th at 10 a.m. Delegates of the German Evangelical Lutheran Conference in North America will be present, as they will be gathering for their biannual assembly in the San Francisco Bay Area June 29 – July 3. The Rev. Dr. Karin Achtelstetter, Executive Director of Canadian Lutheran World […]

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Lenten Reflections 2019: Living in a broken world – Week 4: The Mediterranean

  ‘Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.’ Hebrews 13:1-3, NRSV A friend recently shared […]

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