From Pastor Rolf
As you read this I will be in Germany just having completed a two-week term as an English-speaking Chaplain in Wittenberg, Martin Luther’s hometown. To be able to lead worship and preach in Luther’s own church is a unique opportunity. When tourists visit a place like Witten-berg, they often want more than the information a tour guide can give them. They want an ex-perience of worship and to be able to sing Luther’s famous hymn, A Mighty Fortress is Our God. And since tourists come from all over the world speaking different languages, the one language beside their own they are likely to know is English. That is why there is a Wittenberg English Ministry.
One of the more recent discoveries made in Wittenberg is Martin Luther’s bathroom. Why is this important? Luther suffered from chronic constipation, and many scholars speculate that it was while sitting for long hours on the throne that Luther had his great insight into the Gospel that changed the church. It seems fitting that God would give his greatest treasure in our weak-est moment. “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the pres-ence of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)
We worship a God who has a sense of humor and is not afraid to get dirty in our human messes. Jesus was laid in a smelly manger, and nailed to a rugged cross. Today God continues to come to us in all our messiness, just as we are, and offers us grace and forgiveness. This is why we gather week after week to worship and celebrate what God has given us in Jesus the Messiah.
See you in worship!