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 […]
‘Not one stone shall be left upon another – all will be thrown down.’ Today is a somber day on the German calendar. It’s ‘Volkstrauertag’, the day of national mourning in Germany, a day that can be compared to the U.S. American Memorial Day. This day of remembrance was instituted after the horrors of […]
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; God will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death […]
Preface to today’s message: Today is Reformation Sunday. This is a day we usually celebrate in the Lutheran Church as we remember how Martin Luther brought something new to the table and emphasized God’s amazing grace for all creation. Today, a little later in this service, the message is going to be rather playful and […]
Don’t forget: this coming Sunday, 11/4, daylight saving time ends and the clocks will be turned BACK (which means, we gain an hour). Don’t be early for church!
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 […]