****Update: Sept. 16, 2013: The English language service in Berlin has moved since this blog was posted and the below comment from Feb. 2012 was added. As of 2013, the English-language Lutheran worship is at 6:30 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at Trinity Lutheran Church (Ev.-Luth. Dreieinigkeitskirche) at Südendstraβe 19, 12169 Berlin-Steglitz. Please feel free to email Rev. David Mahsman with questions or to double check the time and location at David.Mahsman@lcmsintl.org.
The Rev. David Mahsman preached at the English-language Lutheran service in Berlin, Germany on January 7.
This post was shared by Mahsman, director of special assignments in Eurasia.
“Dealing with another language in a foreign country can get tedious. There are times when you just want to speak your own language. That includes going to church, listening to the sermon, singing the hymns, and so on.
“There are about 25,000 native speakers of English here in Berlin. They need to hear the Gospel, too, and it seems to me that we should try to reach them in English. That’s why three other English-speaking pastors and I, all of us either from our German sister church (the SELK*) or the LCMS, have started offering regular English-language worship that’s biblical and Christ-centered.
“We held the first service Jan. 7, and it was really a joyous occasion! I also enjoyed leading worship and preaching. We plan to offer a service every first and third Saturday of the month. [Editor’s note: Services are held at Zum Heiligen Kreuz Ev.-Luth. Kirche; in English, Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church. It is located in the Wilmersdorf section of Berlin.]
“I can see a number of ways in which God has already blessed this effort. First, there are three other pastors involved. Second, we have a SELK church to use—and it’s heated! That isn’t always a given here. And then there’s the organist who none of us knew before last month. At Christmas, Lois and I hosted a potluck dinner at our apartment for Americans who were not home for Christmas. Nearly 20 were there, mostly teachers who are friends of friends. One of them, Lora, is an accomplished organist. She has been great to work with. God provides!
“Please keep us in your prayers. And pray that God would bring us English speakers—even non-native speakers who don’t think of our language as all that tedious!”
*Independent Evangelical – Lutheran Church, located in Germany.