On Sunday 18 March 2018 at 6 pm the choir of the Anglican Church of St Thomas Becket in Hamburg is performing the premiere of “Greater Love”, a new piece for choir, organ, piano and two soloists.
The composition by Yotin Tiewtrakul, the choirmaster at the “Englische Kirche”, tells the story of Christ’s Passion with passages of John’s gospel but also through the eyes of the medieval English mystic Julian of Norwich.
Two well-known anthems by Thomas Tallis (“A new commandment” and “If ye love me”) are also part of the piece. Not suffering in itself but love redeems the world – this is the experience “Greater Love” wants to share with the listeners.
You can follow Yotin and the choir on the “Greater Love” Instagram page for regular insights into the work on the new piece.
We’re excited to have Friederike Krum with us for our family service this year.
Friederike is an award-winning Mezzo Soprano from Hamburg based in London.
She is performing all over Europe and sang alongside incredible artists such as Plácido Domingo and Agnes Baltsa. Two weeks ago Friederike was asked to sing the National Anthem in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal.
While enjoying Christmas back home with her family in Hamburg she will be at St Thomas Becket for our family service at 16.00hrs on 24th December with her family and will sing ”O Holy Night” by Adolphe Charles Adam.
This year’s Victorian Christmas Market at the Baseler Hof Säle is on 2-3 December from noon to 6 pm. Our church has a stall where you can buy Christmas cards, jams, chutneys and other specialities. Details can be found on the event website.
A list of winning numbers from the raffle at the church bazaar can be found here. All prizes must be claimed by 15 December.
The new edition of our parish magazine, Becket News, is hot off the virtual press. It’s full of absorbing articles about pilgrimages to Rome and Wittenberg, exciting discoveries in the archives 70 years after the church was reconsecrated following wartime damage, news of our new youth group and more. You can find it here on the website. If you prefer a printed copy, there are usually a few issues on sale in church. Back numbers can be found in the Becket News archive.
Our annual fundraising bazaar is tomorrow from 10:00 – 16:00. There’ll be plenty to buy, win, eat and drink, so why not come and join in a fun day? You can find more about the bazaar here.
On 11 November 2017 the Church Wanderers will be walking round the Außenalster as we did in November last year. We meet at 10:30 in Dammtor Station in front of the Deutsche Bahn Reisezentrum. This is a short walk to suit the cold, dark time of year and will take 2 to 3 hours, depending on how often we feel the need to eat or drink something warming on the way! Please mail Nicki – nicki.schiller (at) gmx.de – by 10:00 p.m. on 10 November if you would like to come.
Please note that the December walk will be on the third Saturday in the month, on 16 December, so that we don’t clash with the Nine Lessons and Carols Service at the Church on the 9th.
Today the German Lutheran church marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, when Martin Luther published his 95 theses in Wittenberg protesting against the sale of indulgences.
The profound difference in opinion on the understanding of justification – how humankind can be reconciled to God in Jesus Christ – was the fundamental issue which divided the Church in the West during the Reformation.
At a special service at Westminster Abbey in London today, the Archbishop of Canterbury presented copies of a text supporting an agreement resolving the theological dispute behind the Reformation to the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation.
Read more on the Church of England website or click here for the full text of the Joint Declaration.
Friends of Britain e.V. bittet seine Mitglieder und interessierte Gäste zu einem Filmabend in St Thomas Becket. Wir freuen uns, dass der Journalist und (Film-) Autor Axel Brüggemann im Anschluss an die Filmvorführung zum Gespräch bereit steht. Getränke und ein Imbiss sind erhältlich.
Weitere Details finden Sie unter: http://friends-of-britain.de/veranstaltungen/
On Saturday, 9 September the Church Wanderers will be walking in the Lüneburger Heide from Buchholz to Büsenbachtal. The walk is 11 kilometres through forest and heath where the heather should still be in full bloom. We aim to eat our sandwiches whilst enjoying the view from the top of the Brunsberg (129m) and have time to enjoy the legendary cake at the “Schafstall” in Büsenbachtal before taking the train home.
Meeting point in front of the Reise Zentrum at the Hauptbahnhof at 9:50. This gives us time to get group tickets if necessary .The journey is within the HVV Gesamtbereich. We will take the RE4 to Buchholz (via Harburg) which leaves at 10:15 and arrives at Buchholz at 10:37.
Anke will be leading the walk and we are really looking forward to seeing you. Please mail Nicki – nicki.schiller (at) gmx.de – by Friday, 8 September if you want to join us.