Oktoberfest, October 17 at 5:00 p.m

Bach Society Houston opens with a festive Vespers in thanksgiving for coming together again after months of separation! Our Bach Choir and players will present Cantata 17 “Wer Dank opfert, der preiset mich.” Vespers begins on October 17 at 5:00 p.m., and is followed by OKTOBERFEST, with food, beer and wine,

PLUS!, Houston’s newest brass band, Magnolia City Band, directed by Bob Walp, providing musical joy outdoors!

Sermon for the Day of Saint Luke the Physician – October 17, 2021

Amandus J. Derr, Interim Senior Pastor

Isaiah 35:5-8; Psalm 124; 2 Timothy 4:5-11; Saint Luke 1:1-4; 24:44-53 

In nomine Jesu!
We live in a vastly different world than the one we inhabited in 1987, when the ELCA’s Constituting Convention designated the Sunday closest to October 18 as the Day of Saint Luke the Physician and ask congregations to include prayer, anointing and the laying on of hands and anointing for healing in our liturgies on that day. HIV/AIDS, and all who were broken was the issue then.  Today virtually everything and everyone is broken; every environment – this fragile planet, our fractured world, our increasingly fragile nation, too many bodies, our very souls. We’ve begun to think that there’s nothing we can do. We’ve begun to feel paralyzed. In this context, Luke’s message of Jesus as not merely a healer of the sick, but as the mender of every form of brokenness; and of Christ’s Church as not merely a community of wholeness-seekers, but a community of wholeness-makers, in more needed than ever. Continue reading

2021 Bread for the World Offering of Letters – Sunday, October 24

Join us in the courtyard on October 24 after services to write letters.

Because of your persistent advocacy, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The legislation contains numerous provisions that will help people struggling with hunger and poverty. But there is more to do as we continue to address the ripple effects of COVID-19. Continue reading

Sermon for Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Deacon Ben Remmert, Deacon of Children, Youth and Family Ministry  

Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 Hebrew 7:23-28 Mark 10:17-31

How many of you here this morning enjoy shopping? For a lot of us, shopping can be a wonderful experience, especially if you are shopping for stuff you like. When time and money are available for a shopping trip, my family loves going to Target. Once we get there, we see all sorts of things that catch our attention. We look at something that wasn’t on our list and think “hmm…I already have one of those at home, but I could sure use a new one with all the latest features on it!” If you’re like me, sometimes you end up picking up a few things that are not on the list as well. It’s a lot of fun…. until you get to the checkout stand. Continue reading