Church holy days

God’s love is indestructible

We are celebrating a grave today, an empty one, because this emptiness entails a doctrine: the angry God is no longer among us, long live the loving God. And this love gives life. A somewhat different approach to Easter. More


The seven messages for Good Friday

Good Friday is a profound day in its quiet solemnity. It is filled with emotions. It is peaceful, but also depressing. Jesus’ death on the cross puts us to shame. All He wanted was to bring peace and make the world a better place. And where was the gratitude for it? More


Passion Week: a special kind of journal

The events between Palm Sunday and Easter are full of suspense: a man is betrayed, scorned, accused, arrested, and killed. Jesus goes through hell and reaches heaven. A timeline from the Gospel of Mark. More


From the lowest of depths to the greatest of heights

“When I think about Ascension Day, I think about a cloud that slowly makes its way heavenward with the Lord Jesus on top of it,” says fourteen-year-old Michael in Confirmation Class. Fair enough! After all, that is how the Bible describes it. More


Easter: What we see and understand is—by far not—all there is!

“Easter? That means no school!” says little Laura. Mind you, she also knows that Easter is more than a holiday, but also a high feast of the church. It is the day when Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead. More


Good Friday: a declaration of love by God

God aspires to the indestructible fellowship with mankind. To do so, He pursues many paths: even the one of the cross. No obligation, no constraint: God loves first, and His love is boundless. More


High season for Christians: do you really believe what you believe?

April is just around the corner. Time to ask yourself: do you really believe what you believe? This month really has it all: it is high season for Christians. The calendar is packed. Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter are all coming up. More


Christmas, an imposition without Christmas

Does Christmas still even fit into our time? More than two billion people celebrate it, but do they still believe in the age-old message of the incarnation of God? They sing about peace and joy and love, but things in the world look very different. More


Pentecost signifies life and a new start

What exactly is Pentecost? If you ask people on the street, many have no idea. And yet Pentecost is a prominent Christian feast. It stands for divine service and church, for life and a new start. More


Christmas 2015: He was born in a stable!

Jesus Christ, a superstar? This is what many people expected, already then. The Messiah they were anticipating should at least have had a golden crown, a sparkling tunic, and rings on His fingers symbolizing His power. But none of this materialized. The red carpet stopped in front of a stable. More


For the fourth Sunday of Advent: And whom do we persecute?

Our love for God, for Jesus Christ cannot be greater than our love for our neighbour. This is an old insight. And yet, how big is our love for the Lord really? And for our neighbour? Questions that need to be answered. More


For the third Sunday of Advent: “He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes”

“One sees clearly only with the heart; what is essential is invisible to the eye,” says Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in his novel The Little Prince. Unfortunately, people do not only look with the heart. Far too often a person’s own interests get in the way of a fair judgement. This is an appeal to take a close and careful look. More


For the second Sunday of Advent: “They did to him whatever they wished”

How dreadful! Many people in this world are vulnerable to the whims of others. Justice? A foreign word for many. And yet, there is hope—hope for a life in peace and righteousness. Not through politics, but rather through the gospel. An interjection: More


Advent: waiting for the Lord

In the past people used to ask, "When will the Messiah come?" The ancient writings had made reference to Him. He came "when the fullness of the time had come". Today Christians ask, "When will the Lord return?" Advent is intended to remind us of this. More


Pentecost and the birthday of the church of Christ

Pentecost occupies a special place in the cycle of religious holidays. Why do we refer to the pouring out of the Holy Spirit as the “birthday of the church of Christ”? The answer follows in the second part of our reflections on Pentecost. More


Pentecost: a festival of fellowship and understanding

We have started into an exciting week. This coming weekend we will be celebrating the highlight of our Church year. What happened at Pentecost? What significance does the feast have for us as Christians? A reflection in two parts. More


Ascension Day — the Risen One returns home

The Ascension of Christ is a Christian holy day about which few people know very much. Somewhat underrepresented, it lies concealed between Easter and Pentecost. And yet, this day is immensely significant for salvation. More


"The Lord is risen indeed!"

The Passiontide, with the death of the Lord on Good Friday, ends magnificently in the resurrection of the Lord. This is the fundamental belief of all Christians. But why is this day of the resurrection so important for us? More


Passiontide—from trial to crucifixion

Passiontide reaches its culmination with today's celebration of Good Friday. Today we commemorate Jesus Christ, who gives His life on the cross for mankind. But that is not yet the end of His path... More


Passiontide – From the Last Supper to the high council

The Passiontide began with yesterday's celebration of Palm Sunday. Now we commemorate the Passion of Jesus Christ, who selflessly served mankind to the very end. More


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