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).
The whole family is invited to celebrate the birth of Christ (in German). Monday, December 24th 4 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).
The first few lines of today’s gospel may sound boring to us. ‘In the fifteenth year of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of […]
Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in […]
It always happens at this time of year: I feel a disconnect between where I am, emotionally and spiritually, and where the world around me is. Our church calendar is very clear about it: it’s not Christmas yet. No, as we are approaching the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ (as the popular song […]