‘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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Sermon Luke 14:25-33; 13th Sunday after Pentecost – September 8th, 2019: ‘You are some of those Christians, aren’t you?’ by Pr. Kerstin Weidmann

  It was the year 1985. I was 15 and attending my first ‘Kirchentag’, literally ‘Church Day’, in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Kirchentag is a massive biannual event that lasts 5 days. More than 100,000 Christians of all ages, most of them Protestants, descend upon a certain city or region. There are worship services, concerts, Bible […]

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Sermon Luke 13:10-17 – ‘I’m so glad Jesus lifted me’; 11th Sunday after Pentecost – August 25th, 2019 by Pr. Kerstin Weidmann

  August 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slave trade in the British Colonies on the American continent. In 1619, 20+ African slaves were brought by a Dutch ‘privateer’ – basically a pirate who was hired by kings or queens as a mercenary – to Jamestown in Virginia. These slaves originally were […]

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Sermon Luke 12:49-56 – ‘Division for the Sake of Christ’; 10th Sunday after Pentecost – August 18th, 2019 by Pastor Kerstin Weidmann

Sermon Luke 12:49-56 – ‘Division for the Sake of Christ’ 10th Sunday after Pentecost August 18th, 2019 Two weeks ago, the church wide assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, also known under its abbreviation ELCA (of which our congregation is a part) met in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Elected voting members from all over the […]

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Sermon Luke 11:1-13 “Soli Deo Gloria – The Lifelong Musical Prayer of J.S. Bach”; 7th Sunday after Pentecost – July 28th, 2019, by Pr. Kerstin Weidmann

  On this day in 1750, Johann Sebastian Bach, one of the most industrious and gifted composers of all times, died in Leipzig in what today is Germany at the age of 65. He had been ailing for a while, and it seems in the end he died after a stroke. Bach came from a […]

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