Holy Trinity members and friends traveling in Germany have explored many sites key to the Reformation such as Martin Luther’s birthplace in Eisleben, the monastery in Erfurt where he studied to become a monk, Martin’s home church in Wittenberg where he preached more than 2000 times, the village of Worms where the assembly of the Holy Empire addressed Luther re: his 95 Theses, and Wartburg Castle where Martin Luther hid for 9 months following his ex-communication. During this time, he translated the Bible into German, the language of the people.
Around the same time that Luther was preaching, Johann Sebastian Bach was working and composing music in Leipzig. The travelers enjoyed hearing Holy Trinity’s Minister of Music Josh Brodbeck play the organ at St. Thomas Church where Bach was music director for 27 years.
The group also had the pleasure of worshiping with partner congregation, Paulsgemeinde, in Schwerin on Sunday, June 18.
Following are a few pictures from their travels thus far:
Eisleben – Town of Martin Luther’s birth, baptism, and death
Erfurt Monastery where Luther studied
Martin Luther’s church in Wittenberg where he posted the 95 Theses
Cathedral near where Martin Luther faced the Diet of Worms (the original church was destroyed by fire)
Monument in Worms pays tribute to the Great Reformers with Martin Luther at the center
Wartburg Castle where Martin Luther hid for 9 months following his ex-communication from the church
St. Thomas Church in Leipzig where J.S. Bach was Director of Music for 27 years
Paulsgemeinde, Schwerin – Josh played the organ and members of the choir offered a song
Visiting with host families from Holy Trinity’s partner congregation Paulsgemeinde in Schwerin