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 […]
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 […]