We are living in quite amazing times. Technology has gotten us to the point where we don’t have to leave the comfort of our home in order to connect with others, or to explore the world. Social networking often happens over the computer screen; the best seats in the house when watching sports these […]
“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Countless people all over the world and of many different religions have wrestled with this question. The premise is that there must be a heaven, an afterlife, eternal life, something that we can look forward to as we live our lives here on earth […]
Last Wednesday, October 3rd, didn’t only mark the 28th anniversary of the German Reunification; that day also marked the beginning of the ‘German-American Year’ a special year of commemoration of U.S.- German relationships. The motto for this year is, ‘Wunderbar Together’. I personally think it’s a great motto; many non-German speakers know what ‘wunderbar’ […]
Whenever I hear today’s gospel lesson (Jesus saying, ‘Don’t worry what you shall eat and drink and what you shall wear’), I am reminded of a certain tune that then I can’t get out of my head again: ‘Don’t worry, be happy’ by Bobby McFerrin. Anyone here who’s never ever heard that song? […]
You may wonder what the attached picture is about. It’s a little hard to see, but it’s a picture of a clay tablet with an ancient writing called cuneiform (which means ‘wedge-shaped’), that was used in ancient Babylon. This particular tablet was written about 1,750 BCE during the Bronze Age – that’s roughly 3,750 […]
Join us for a traditional worship service of Thanksgiving for the Harvest this coming Sunday, 10/7, at 11 a.m. All are welcome!
When my son Jonathan was in the 7th grade, he didn’t necessarily choose his elective classes in school according to his skills and interests. No, one of his electives that year was 3 D Art, a class he chose because one of his best friends was taking it. When Jonathan first told me about it, […]
‘Follow the Leader’ My husband is a big Bob Dylan fan, so we hear Dylan’s music quite a bit in our house. Not that I am the greatest fan, but Dylan’s lyrics, more often than not, make me think. No wonder he was an icon of the 60s, and his early […]
Can you believe it’s almost Labor Day again? Labor Day traditionally signifies the end of summer, although, according to the calendar, we still have a couple of weeks of summer left. For many students, school has started again – or will start after this weekend. Good-bye to the carelessness of summer, hello again to […]
God’s Work – Our Hands Sunday September 9th English Service: 9:30 a.m., German Service: 11 a.m. As in previous years, we will be joining an initiative of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on Sunday, September 9th: ‘God’s Work, Our Hands’. On this Sunday, congregations all over the country participate in community service projects. […]
St. Matthew’s will hold its annual bilingual outdoor worship service and picnic at the ‘Naturfreunde Oakland’, 3115 Butters Dr, Oakland, CA 94602 on Sunday, 9/16 at 11 a.m. Please note that there will be NO SERVICE at St. Matthew’s that day.
‘Light of the World’ Music and words by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson I am just a stranger, in a promised land I am only learning a game with the rules I don’t understand Going round in circles, I’ve been round before I am lost in so many ways, I can walk no more […]
Over the next Sundays, you will hear a lot about the Jesus Christ, the bread of life. I have to admit that I am relieved that I don’t have to preach 4 times on this subject matter, because talking so much about bread would go stale quickly – pun intended. The next two Sundays, […]
After the feeding… Today’s gospel story is very dense, very complex – there is a lot happening. But the central story of the feeding of the 5,000 stands out. What a spectacular event, what a miracle! And I could preach something you might have heard before: Jesus Christ has the power to satisfy our […]
It’s been 15 years now that a book by Dan Brown was a smash sensation. Do you remember this book? It is the ‘Da Vinci Code’. Has anyone here ever read it? I have to admit that I gobbled it up. I like good stories, and this IS a good story – […]
Accordion Concert with German Group ‘Concerto Fisarmonica’ Sunday, July 29th 3 p.m. Classic, Folk, Pop, Rock Admission is free All are welcome!
5 Centuries of English Organ Music Concert with renowned German organist Roland Voit Saturday, July 28th 5 p.m. Admission is free Finger food reception after the concert All are welcome!
An Inconvenient Truth In the gospel stories we heard over the course of the last weeks, Jesus more often than not challenges and even upsets those around him. A Greek word that is used repeatedly in those stories is ‘skandalon’, from which our word ‘scandalous’ derives. Jesus causes quite a few ‘skandalons’, quite a […]
Just a couple of days ago, we celebrated the 4th of July, the day on which, in the year 1776, the Declaration of Independence from British Rule was ratified. Have you ever read the Declaration of Independence? I admit I just did in preparation for this sermon. And I’m glad I did, because I […]
A couple of weeks ago, the news broke that Anthony Bourdain, a renowned chef, author, and host of television shows like ‘No Reservations’ and ‘Parts Unknown’, had committed suicide. Has anyone here watched any of his shows? My husband and I loved to explore the world with Bourdain. And for us as pastors, for […]