Sermon John 1:29-42; 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany – January 19th, 2020: ‘What are you looking for?’

What are you looking for? Everybody’s looking for something, as the Eurythmics state in their song ‘Sweet Dreams’. No matter what age and stage of our lives, there is always a longing, a desire for something. We look for love, for acceptance, for success, financial stability, for adventure, for peace, for meaning for our lives. […]

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Crab Feed

Come for food, fun and fellowship! Saturday, January 25th 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 3281 16th Street, San Francisco Cost: $55 per person (ALL you can eat and drink) $15 for children 6-12   Please reserve your tickets by January 15th by calling 415-863-6371 or emailing office@stmatthews-sf.org  

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‘Let Heaven and Nature Sing’; 1st Sunday after Christmas – December 29th, 2019

  This year, one of the most popular Christmas carols celebrates its 300th anniversary: ‘Joy to the World’, written in 1719 by Isaac Watts, an English theologian and minister. Isaac Watts belonged to the ‘Nonconformist Congregational Church’, not the Anglican Church. Now the interesting thing is that the nonconformists didn’t celebrate Christmas. They were purists and […]

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Homily Christmas Eve 2019 – Luke 2:1-19

If you didn’t know it already, may have guessed it: I am German, and the internet allows me to follow German media here and there. Last week, I came across an op-ed piece in the German political magazine ‘Der Spiegel’ – ‘The Mirror’, which I read with interest, because it is about Christmas – or, […]

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Sermon Matthew 9:18-19, 23-26; Eternity Sunday / Christ the King – November 24th, 2019 by Pr. Kerstin Weidmann

  I recently came across an amazing story I hadn’t heard before. It was in the year 1922, so not even 100 years ago. At the University of Toronto, there was a special hospital ward with children who were comatose and dying from diabetic keto-acidosis. Doctors and scientists had identified diabetes in the 19th century […]

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Sermon Matthew 6:25-35; 18th Sunday after Pentecost – October 6th, 2019 by Pr. Kerstin Weidmann

I’m currently reading this fascinating book by Yuval Noah Harari, a historian from Isreal, called ‘Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind’. Harari has some very refreshing and surprising views on things. The chapter on the emergence of agriculture in human history he calls ‘History’s Biggest Fraud’. Now I think most, if not all of […]

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Sunday, September 22nd, 10:30 a.m. ZDF Fernsehgottesdienst in der Matthäusgemeinde – German Worship Service to be broadcast in Germany

Sept 22 German Worship Service to be broadcasted in Germany Do you want to be on (German) TV? On Sunday, September 22nd, the ‘Zweite Deutsche Fernsehen’ (public broadcast station in Germany) will record a worship service at St. Matthew’s. This service will be broadcast in Germany on Sunday, 9/29. The service’s subject will be ‘Du […]

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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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