Our beloved organist, David DeAngelis, will leave the Bay Area to pursue a PhD in music education in Chicago. On Sunday, March 31st. we will bid farewell to him during a reception after the German service (start time: approximately 12:15 p.m.). All are invited!
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid… Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good deeds and give glory to your father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14, 16, NRSV Last week, 50 people were killed and scores more injured in a […]
In today’s gospel lesson, Jesus is a short distance away from Jerusalem. He is on his way to suffering and death. Now Jesus is, mildly said, a controversial figure, revered by some, loathed and even feared by others. There are those who see Jesus and his teachings of the kingdom […]
‘Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, […]
The story of Joseph and his brothers, which we find at the end of the book of Genesis, has always been one of my favorite stories from the Bible. Since I was a kid, I’ve liked a good story, and this IS a good story. Just in case you don’t know or have forgotten […]
I got my first introduction to U.S. American worship and spirituality when I was a teenager in the 80s back in Germany. I think it was in the 8th grade when our religious studies teacher showed us a clip from ‘The PTL Club’ – PTL stands for ‘Praise the Lord’ – also known as […]
Bilingual Worship Service for the Whole Family Sunday, March 3rd 11 a.m. A kid-friendly worship service – shorter, less liturgical, more interactive and lively. Come and bring your kids and grandchildren!
Years ago, I served as an associate pastor in Saratoga in the South Bay. One Sunday, the Scripture lessons assigned for that day were all about love; God’s love, and Christ’s command to love our neighbor as ourselves. And guess what I preached about that Sunday: love, of course. As I was shaking hands […]
A couple of weeks ago, I got together with D H, N H’s son, and his wife B to prepare for N’s burial and to talk about her life. Now I already knew that N had a big heart and that it was her nature to take people under her wings. But then D […]
All are invited to come to St. Matthew’s annual Crab Feed. Saturday, January 26th 4:30-7:30 p.m. Adults: $50 Children (6-17): $10 Children under 6: free Instead of crab you can also order chicken. Please register by calling 415-863-6371 Picture by Marie France Latour on unsplash.com
Some years ago, I stumbled across a great short film that actually won a few awards. This short film is called ‘Validation’. I strongly recommend you watch it, I think it’s very uplifting – and makes you think! You can find it on You Tube. But a little bit about this short film. We […]
There is one word I just learned about a couple of days ago, and I decided that this will be my motto for 2019: coddiwomple. And I kid you not, this word actually exists. Has anyone here ever coddiwompled? I have. And I have a hunch, you have too. But what does ‘coddiwomple’ mean? ‘Coddiwomple’ […]
The first congregation I served as a pastor was a small Lutheran church down in San Jose. Right around the corner from my congregation was one of those mega churches, a church that probably drew hundreds of worshipers on any given Sunday. Everything about this church was BIG. I remember driving by this big […]
It was exactly 200 years ago that one song was played and sung for the very first time that since has become a Christmas classic: Silent Night, Holy Night. There are some legends around the origins of this song, but what we know for sure is that Joseph Mohr, a young priest, at some […]
Mary’s Voice (Sings Marty Haugen’s ‘Magnificat’) This is my song. This is my voice. I am Mary. The mother of Jesus, the mother of God. A mother figure to many who were – and are – overwhelmed by a threefold all-male God. From early on, I was venerated by the church, put on a pedestal. […]
‘What is love, anyway?’ Howard Jones, ‘What is love?’ ‘Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only […]
Did today’s lessons leave you a little confused? Did it maybe sound a little schizophrenic to you? First, we heard from the Old Testament book of the prophet Zephaniah, ‘Sing aloud, Daughter Zion; shout, o Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, o daughter Jerusalem! God is in your midst!’ Rejoice! In today’s […]
“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” Mark Twain “And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me […]
Celebrate Christmas with us! Special musical guests: Freundschaft Liederkranz Tuesday, December 25th 11 a.m. Please try to take public transportation. Limited parking is available in the lot behind the Mission Dolores Basilica (accessible from Church Street between 16th and 17th).
Join as for this more contemplative candlelight service celebrating the birth of Christ. Monday, December 24th 6 p.m. Please try to take public transportation. Limited parking is available in the lot behind the Mission Dolores Basilica (accessible from Church Street between 16th and 17th).