Today’s Hamburger Abendblatt carries an interview with our chaplain, Revd Canon Dr Leslie Nathaniel. (Just to set the record straight, ours is not the oldest Anglican church building in continental Europe, but we are one of the oldest Anglican congregations, and maybe even the oldest. The jury’s still out on that one.)
The latest edition of Becket News, our quarterly chaplaincy magazine, is just out. You can pick up a copy in church or find it on this website (download 752 kB).
This year we’re having choral evensong once a month. We aim to make this wonderful service, unique to our Anglican tradition, an important and enduring element in the worshipping life of our church. Come and join us this Friday, 27 January at 6pm for a service with music by Tallis, Gibbons and Mendelssohn.
Evensong is not just for the choir, and it’s not a concert either. If you’ve never been before, or if you’re already a fan from your visits to Anglican cathedrals, come and join in this beautiful service of reflection, prayer and thanksgiving to round off the working week. You can find more information about Friday’s service on our Facebook page. Details of all the evensongs for the first half of the year can be found and downloaded here (205 kB).
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated worldwide from 18-25 January, is being hosted this year by the Council of Christian Churches in Germany (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Christlicher Kirchen in Deutschland / ACK). As 2017 marks the commemoration of the Reformation, the week of prayer will reflect on the legacy of the Reformation and the current spirit of reconciliation in Christ. You can find more information and material here in English or German.
To mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Justin Welby and John Sentamu, have issued a joint reflection on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In it they call on Christians to repoent of the divisions between the churches and to remember what “the Reformers wanted to put at the centre of every person’s life, which is a simple trust in Jesus Christ”. You can read their statement in full on the ACNS website
The Weltmusik-Chor Hamburg will be giving a concert in our church on 22 January at 5 pm. They are offering a workshop beforehand, from 2 pm to 4 pm. Workshop participants get to join in two of the songs in the concert. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. There will be a potluck buffet afterwards – please bring something. For more information, see the choir website.
Make sure you don’t miss our Carol Service this Saturday or our other services during Advent and Christmas – download our Christmas flier here.
Our choir was in Sülfeld last Sunday to sing and celebrate together with Pastor Steffen Paar “Nine Lessons and Carols” – with hymns and carols in English and in German. It was a warm welcome by the parishioners who joyfully joined in singing. Jochim Trede, our organist, offered accompaniments to German Advent hymns which showed more an English taste for rich harmonies.
We are looking forward to singing and praying and celebrating together with everyone in Hamburg for the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols this Saturday 10 December 2016 at 6pm.
Our new Chaplain, Revd Canon Dr Leslie Nathaniel, has been formally welcomed at the Pro-Cathedral of Holy Trinity Brussels and installed as Canon in the stall of St Henry of Finland. The full story and a photograph can be found on the Diocese in Europe website.
Church Wanderers will be walking in the Sachsenwald on Saturday, 3 December, finishing with a visit to the Christmas Market in Bergedorf. We meet at 12:36 at the S-Bahn Station Aumühle for a circular walk. You can leave the walk at several stages along the way if you have other commitments. For further information and to register for the walk, please contact Nicki Schiller by Thursday, 1 December: 0176 30 393 063, nicki.schiller(at)gmx.de.