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Mini-Reformation Tour, part 5

Reformation Day!

To be in Wittenberg for the celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the nailing of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses was truly a dream come true.

In order to make spend this special day to the fullest, we left our AirBnb early in the morning. An English service was being held at Schloßkirche at 8am and since Stephanie hadn’t yet seen the church, we decided to attend.

We arrived shortly after 7:30am and things were already PACKED. High security measures were being taken because of the large gathering as well as the anticipated attendance of political figures such as Chancellor Merkel for the afternoon services.

Schloßkirche seemed at capacity when we arrived, but the ushers actually led us all the way to the front to sit in the choir chairs. Actually, we got to sit in the ancient chairs of the knights and ruling lords who would attend services there. It was super cool!

Our advantageous seats allowed us to have perfect views of everything going on.

The service was very different from what I’m used to. For one, there was considerably more congregational participation. A stalwart aspect of Luther’s ideology in how worship services should be conducted, it was definitely highlighted in the program through readings, written prayers, and songs. I had never heard a chanted Psalm before, so that was pretty special.

The sermon was quite thought provoking. I’ll share my opinions about it in a future post.

To end the service, everyone joined together to sing (what else?) Ein Feste Burg. What a special moment to be singing this powerful hymn on this special day in the church that “started it all.”

Once the service had finished, we were encouraged to leave quickly in order for the staff to prepare for the 10am German-language service. This time we did get to walk through the Theses Door, which was very cool.

After leaving the church, we made our way to the other side of the village for breakfast and then to a special 360-degree panorama art installation by Yadegar Asisi. The work is enclosed in an enormous cylindrical building attached to a smaller building with an introductory exhibit that leads to the installation.

The panorama was at least two stories tall, and featured the village of Wittenberg as Luther would have known it. It looked like a combination of painting, photoshop, and some other medium I can’t quite name.

Lights and sounds were used to enhance the experience and make the viewer almost feel as if they were there in the early 1500s.

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We then returned to the Lutherhaus so Stephanie could enjoy all the wonderful artifacts and history that we saw on Sunday.

Right next door is the Melanchthonhaus, where Luther’s friend and colleague, Philipp Melanchthon used to live. This house wasn’t as crowded and seemed to have a better flow of foot traffic than Lutherhaus. The entire exhibit was more engaging, interactive, and appeared to be geared towards children.

Mommy, who had always liked to read and learn about Melanchthon, was surprised to discover that he was only 1.5 meters tall–just about her height!

Afterwards, we popped into Stadtkirche, or St. Marien’s Church. The sanctuary is enormous! Much larger than Schloßkirche, though not necessarily as detailed. This was the church that Luther worked, preached, and was married in. So much history everywhere!

There were other museums and lectures that we could have attended, but by the time we left Stadtkirche, we were all rather hungry.

We decided to dine at the Wittenberger Kartoffelhaus and enjoy as traditional of a German meal one can have being vegetarian. Fried potatoes and eggs, yes!

The rest of the evening was spent wandering around the festival. Theater performances, booths, and music were everywhere! Many people were dressed in period costumes, which made me wish I had something special to wear. Should have gone to the Maryland Renaissance Festival this year… oh well…

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Overall, the day was special, festive, and thought provoking.

I’m so glad that Mommy, Stephanie, and I were able to be in Wittenberg on this high day of celebration. I’m incredibly thankful for our AirBnb hosts that made it possible for us to visit this wonderful place and who were so kind and accommodating to us.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our adventures and enjoy the pictures. I recorded several portions of our trip that I hope to put together in a short video. Be on the lookout for it!

Until the next adventure–Auf Wiedersehen!

–Wandering Minstrelette


Finale: Ten Days of Prayer

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. Against such there is no law.” – Galatians 5: 22, 23

Over the past ten days, we have been learning about and discussing the various fruits of the Spirit. Should we choose to dedicate ourselves fully to the Lord and His work, these are attributes that will develop and reign in us. Our characters shall be changed, molded ever closer into the image of the Son of God. As we choose to reflect the image that our Heavenly Father designed us to have, others will be drawn and become curious to know what is it that we have, what do we know that makes us so different?

I pray that these last few days have been a great blessing to you; they certainly have been for me. I have watched as God has worked in the hearts of individuals and encouraged them to take steps out of their comfort zone, but in line with will of the Lord. Do you have a testimony of something that has happened to you over these ten days? Or to someone else? Would you like to place a prayer request or share a praise report? My prayer warriors would be honored to pray on your behalf.

Scripture tells us to “pray without ceasing,” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). From these humble beginnings, bowing our hearts in earnest, constant prayer, true revival and reformation can and will take place. May we all strive to become more Christ-like. May we all choose to delve deeper into the Word of God, asking for the Holy Spirit to guide us in our studies. May we remember to focus on the Lord at all times and to rely on Him for our every need. May we surrender to the Lord all that is keeping us from an active, intimate relationship with Him. May we plead for a clean and pure heart of flesh to replace our hardened heart of stone.  May we more often and more earnestly seek the Lord in prayer. May we request and mightily receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

“Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord. Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.” – Hosea 10:12

Lord Jesus, help us to be prepared for the day when You return to take us to heaven with You. Amen.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

Longsuffering: Ten Days of Prayer

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28

How often do we wish that God’s time was the same as ours. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if only everything happened according to our plans, our desires, and our purposes? In all honesty, no, probably not. God asks us to have patience not to upset or frustrate us, but to give us the chance to show our trust in Him and sometimes, perhaps, even give us extra time to reexamine things and ourselves. Patience truly is a virtue that is not owned by many.

But the word often used in the list of the fruits of the Spirit is “longsuffering.” This is all together a different kind of patience. This isn’t just waiting on God when things are good but you really desire something else, this is trusting in God with every fiber of your being that despite what you are going through, things will turn out all right in the end. This is not proclaiming a prosperity gospel, but it is proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Read the verse a above again – good things will work out for those who love and serve the Lord. Align your will with His, abide in Him, and your faith in His providence will increase and strengthen yourself and others. You may be persecuted for your beliefs, possibly even lose your life. But God has promised good things, wonderful things, heavenly things!

God does not purpose that any should perish, but that all might come to eternal life. This is a choice we each have to make. A choice to suffer long with the Lord just as Christ suffered long with and for us.

Wait upon the Lord. He loves you and cares for you.

Prayer suggestions

Praise God that is the One who gives us the power to change.

Praise God for the ways you see His longsuffering toward you.

Praise God that He never disappoints those who wait on Him.

Ask the Lord to teach you longsuffering.

Ask the Lord to teach you how to repay good for evil.

Ask God to help you see the trials He allows to come upon you as a means to teach you longsuffering.

Ask God to remind you to pray for those who are mistreating you.

Do you know anyone going through trials? Ask for the Lord to teach them longsuffering.

Pray for strong cooperation and unity between the church organization and supporting ministries in the evangelistic outreach of your church.

Pray for God’s truth to be spread.

Pray for any personal burdens on your heart.

Praise God that He has a thousand ways to provide when we see none and that He will answer your prayers.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

Joy: Ten Days of Prayer

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. –Habakkuk 3:17, 18

While happiness is momentary and fleeting, joy persists and endures. God wants us to be happy, but more importantly, He wants us to be joyful. To have that unshakable faith in His providence, true contentment in any circumstance, and a peace that passes all understanding is to have – no, be – joyful.

Read the verse above again. In all situations, we are called to give thanks and have joy. That doesn’t mean we can’t ever be angry, sad, or frustrated, but having joy does mean that we will choose to respond to those feelings differently, in a more Christ-like manner.

When we have joy, when we are full of joy, we share with others an aspect of our Lord that many need to see and understand. When we are joyful, we impart hope. God brings hope to the hopeless and rest for the weary.

We may be facing trials and tribulations at this very moment, but we can ask the Lord to increase our faith and give us joy down in our hearts in such a way that no one or anything could take them away from us. “Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning” (Ps. 30:5b).

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:16-18).

Prayer Suggestions:

Praise God for the joy that is found in His presence and in following Him.

Praise God that we can rejoice in our infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon us.

Pray that God will give you joy in your heart.

Pray for someone who needs God’s joy in their heart.

Pray that God will teach you to rejoice in trials. If you have a situation in mind, present it to Him.

Pray for those who are persecuted, asking that God will give them joy in their hearts.

Pray for the young people of the church, that they may find joy in following Christ.

Pray for increased emphasis on the wonderful doctrine of biblical creation – that our earth was created in six literal, consecutive days by the word of the Lord.

Pray for any personal needs or anything else on your heart.

Praise God that He already has an answer to your prayer.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

Love: Ten Days of Prayer

Wherever a soul is united with Christ, there is love. Whatever else the character may posses, it is valueless without love, not love that is soft, weak, sentimental, but such love as dwells in the heart of Christ. Without love, everything else profiteth nothing; for it cannot possibly represent Christ, who is love (EGW, Signs of the Times, Dec. 28, 1891, par. 18).

Love is one of most misused words in the English language today. I love my parents, I love my pets. I love my school, I love my car. I can love friends, food, and fun activities. I love movies. I love working. I love helping others. I love being on an adventure.

Do these really all mean the same thing? How could they? I cannot love a movie they way I love my best friend. I cannot hold the same feeling for my school as I do my siblings. The English language is inadequate to describe all the types of love that exist.

I’m sure that many have heard of the ancient Greek words used for love: éros, philía, storgē, and agápe. Erotic and intimate love, affectionate regard and friendship, the natural affection of a parent to a child, and brotherly, charitable love. There’s actually more than these-the ancient Greeks had words for stages of love in relationships and different words for attachment to things that could not return the affection, such as an occupation or an inanimate object.

How poor is the English language for the understand of this package of a word! This poverty I believe is shown in our society where much of the type of love that is exemplified, marketed, and encouraged is éros. So many today feel that to love as be loved is a passionate, sexy ordeal always filled with excitement and desire.

Yes, these things are important – but that is not the extent of love. Simply feeling éros will eventually leave a person drained. This is not the kind of love God is calling us to when He asks that we bear it as a fruit of the Spirit.

The love God calls us to is to have a personal, relational connection with Him. To remind us of yesterday’s lesson – it is to abide in Him.

Christ is our example and He asks us to love one another as He loves us. That is a high calling, only one that can be achieved by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let us ask Him now to help us love as Christ loves us.

Suggestions for prayer:

Praise God for His unconditional love.

Pray that God will give you love in your heart for the lost.

Pray that God will give you love for your enemies and for those who are persecuting you.

Pray for God’s love to be perfected in His church.

Pray that your life and your church will demonstrate God’s love to all of those around you.

Pray that nothing will separate us from the love of Christ. Ask God to show you those things that are separating you from Him, and surrender those things to God.

Pray for loving relationships within Christian families. Pray in a special way for families that struggle or are on the verge of divorce.

Pray for loving relationships within God’s church.

Pray for personal and church-wide emphasis on daily Bible reading and study.

Pray for an increased sense of urgency and a realization by church leaders and members that we are living at the end of time and that Jesus is coming soon.

Praise God for His answers to your prayers.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette