Category Archives: Hymns

Come join us for more in the courts of Zion… (2nd Sunday after Trinity)

Good morning from lovely Wittenberg. The sun is out. The little rain we got, is long gone even as the clouds hang in there and the summer heat is not quite back yet. Like every morning the people walk their … Continue reading

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Pastors ever close to their Shepherd

A good friend of mine and foreign pastor in these lands phoned me yesterday. Whereas I only use the phone for urgent messages, something like the original telegraph, he obviously uses it to catch up on visitation and the blessings … Continue reading

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1.Sunday after Trinity: Old Love song…

The Psalm for this 1st Sunday after Trinity I will praise the Lord at all times;my mouth will continually praise him.I will boast in the Lord;let the oppressed hear and rejoice.Magnify the Lord with me.Let us praise his name together.I sought the Lord’s help and he … Continue reading

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We´re no longer in paradise – that´s for sure

J.K. Rowlings has made herself a name writing. She´s found her voice in many ways and needs no introduction. She´s famous for going to dark places and not shying away before monsters and fiendish beasts in fables and stories, in … Continue reading

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Good weather, friends and neighbours…

Good morning from Wittenberg – or as we say here: “Moin, moin!”, but that´s the elaborate and somewhat redundant version. Most stick to the monosyllabic “Moin!” It´s promising to be another of my favorite days. Now that its rained, I´m … Continue reading

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Wie lieblich ist der Maien aus lauter Gottesgüt…

An diesen herrlichen Sonnentagen – und wenn Angelika sogar noch Geburtstag hat – fällt es leicht einzustimmen in diesen Lobgesang: 1. Wie lieblich ist der Maienaus lauter Gottesgüt,des sich die Menschen freuen,weil alles grünt und blüht.Die Tier sieht man jetzt … Continue reading

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Freuet euch der schönen Erde…

Ein herrlicher Morgen im Wittenberger Land. Die Sonne erstrahlt mit Macht. Sie will wohl den Winter austreiben und den Sommer locken. Auf der Wetterkarte schien es als wäre Moskau schon da und auch sonst scheint nicht viel Regen in petto … Continue reading

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Of “mice and men” and “lilies on the fields…”

What a glorious day in Wittenberg and it’s a holiday too. Well, not really a Holy Day of the Church, but rather one of these secular days, which celebrate the achievements of “mice and men” (John Steinbeck). I´m just not … Continue reading

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The Lord is my shepherd… (Psalm 23)

Learning German hymns by heart is way easier than memorizing Psalms – and not only because we´re stuck with Luther´s translation for good reasons and don´t have the endless choices of English speakers.  Psalms have irregular meters, don´t rhyme and … Continue reading

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Favorite holiday: Maundy Thursday!

One of my favorite holidays is Maundy Thursday. Not only because on this day at the latest the long weekend started, but also because it was an evening service – nearly as festive, dramatic and emotional as Christmas. Obviously, I … Continue reading

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