‘Superhuman?’ Sermon Matthew 6:25-34; Family Service 1st Sunday in Lent – March 1st, 2020

Musical Meditation Piece before the sermon: ‘Thus spoke Zarathustra’, movement 1, by Richard Strauss (The gospel for this Sunday veers off lectionary because of a family service on this day.) Our Bible opens with a big bang: the story of how God created the world.  We hear, “In the beginning, when God created the heavens […]

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‘I’ve had enough’: Sermon Luke 2:22-32- Presentation of our Lord, February 2nd, 2020

  Sylvia and Andrew just sang and played the beautiful Bach Aria from a larger cantata, ‘Ich habe genug’, which sometimes is translated with ‘I ask for no more’, but quite literally means, ‘I’ve had enough.’ We don’t find these words, ‘I’ve had enough’, in today’s gospel lesson; but Bach puts them into the mouth […]

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Sermon John 1:29-42; 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany – January 19th, 2020: ‘What are you looking for?’

What are you looking for? Everybody’s looking for something, as the Eurythmics state in their song ‘Sweet Dreams’. No matter what age and stage of our lives, there is always a longing, a desire for something. We look for love, for acceptance, for success, financial stability, for adventure, for peace, for meaning for our lives. […]

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Homily Christmas Eve 2019 – Luke 2:1-19

If you didn’t know it already, may have guessed it: I am German, and the internet allows me to follow German media here and there. Last week, I came across an op-ed piece in the German political magazine ‘Der Spiegel’ – ‘The Mirror’, which I read with interest, because it is about Christmas – or, […]

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Sermon Matthew 9:18-19, 23-26; Eternity Sunday / Christ the King – November 24th, 2019 by Pr. Kerstin Weidmann

  I recently came across an amazing story I hadn’t heard before. It was in the year 1922, so not even 100 years ago. At the University of Toronto, there was a special hospital ward with children who were comatose and dying from diabetic keto-acidosis. Doctors and scientists had identified diabetes in the 19th century […]

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Sermon Matthew 6:25-35; 18th Sunday after Pentecost – October 6th, 2019 by Pr. Kerstin Weidmann

I’m currently reading this fascinating book by Yuval Noah Harari, a historian from Isreal, called ‘Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind’. Harari has some very refreshing and surprising views on things. The chapter on the emergence of agriculture in human history he calls ‘History’s Biggest Fraud’. Now I think most, if not all of […]

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