Holy Trinity Sunday 2015

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.  Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

the whole earth is full of his glory!”

And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me!  For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”   And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

–Isaiah 6: 1-8 (ESV)


Banana Berry Breakfast Cookies

I’m making cookies for our annual Cookie Walk at church.  These cookies are not only delicious, but they are packed with fibre and flavor.  Enjoy!

Banana Berry Breakfast Cookies (This recipe makes about 3 dozen small cookies.)

Banana Berry Breakfast Cookies

Banana Berry Breakfast Cookies

Butter, softened – 1 1/2 sticks

Sugar, granulated – 2/3 cup

Egg – 1

Flour, all-purpose – 1 cup

Penzey’s Pumpkin Pie Spice* – 1 teaspoon

Oats, old-fashioned – 1 cup

Dried berries** – 1 1/2 cups

Bananas, ripe & sliced – 2

Pecans, chopped – 1 cup


Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Place butter and sugar into a large electric mixing bowl and cream on low speed.  Beat in the egg and spices.  Beat in the flour until well blended, then remove from mixer.  Add in oats, berries and pecans until thoroughly mixed.  Finally, fold in the banana carefully so as not to mash them.

Drop onto a cookie sheet using a teaspoon.  Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges begin to turn golden brown.  Allow to briefly cool on cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.

*I grab Penzey’s Pumpkin Pie Spice mix when I want lots of flavor but don’t want to mess with the individual spices.  This mixture has cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, mace and cloves.  If you don’t have this ingredient, substitute 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.

**Any dried berries will do, but I use 1/2 cup each of dried cranberries, blueberries, and pomegranates.  Experiment with the fruits you like.

Katholische Hofkirche in Dresden, Germany


Balustrades of the Dresden Katholische Hofkirche and tower of the Residenzschloss

One of the places we visited on our 2014 trip to Germany with LutherTours was the city of Dresden.  There are many remarkable things to see, especially considering that most of Dresden was heavily damaged during World War II by incindiary bombs.  The Katholische Hofkirche, or the Dresden Catholic Cathedral, was very impressive.  I marveled at the statues perched atop the balustrades–Biblical and historical figures, 78 in all, measuring 10 feet tall.  To the left of the cathedral is the Residenzschloss.  One of the oldest buildings in Dresden, Saxon rulers lived in the castle from the early 16th century.  It houses several museums, including a coin museum, armory, and the Green vault (home to the largest collection of European treasures).


Statues of Biblical and historical figures. Katholische Hofkirche, Dresden.

Käthe Wohlfahrt, the German Christmas Store

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The Käthe Wohlfahrt company vehicle

This summer, as part of our LutherTour experience, we had the opportunity to visit the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas store in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany. It was very fun to experience Christmas in July, I can only imagine how much fun it must be during the winter season.

The Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas store first started in when Wilhelm and Käthe Wohlfahrt fled East Germany to escape Communist rule. They took with them a beloved music box that showed the Three Wisemen bringing gifts to the Baby Jesus; it played the hymn “Silent Night.” Several of the Wohlfahrt’s American friends stationed in Germany wished to have those music boxes, and Wilhelm eventually found the wholesaler and started supplying the boxes himself. Eventually, the Wohlfahrts opened their own store, which has expanded to several cities, and includes a workshop, museum and Christmas village.


Bulk ornaments in the ornament cave.

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One of the Christmas trees at the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas store.

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A view of the Käthe Wohlfahrt store in Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

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One room in the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas store that looks like a village.



Little Angels at St. Anna-Kirche, Augsburg, Germany

2014 GERMANY TRIP 1327 little angel 3These sweet little angels are located around the high altar at St. Anna-Kirche in Augsburg, Germany. St. Anne’s was originally a Carmelite monastery founded in the 14th century. Martin Luther stayed here in 1518 when he was called by the Roman Catholic church to meet with Cardinal Cajetan at the Diet of Augsburg. The church became a Lutheran church in 1545. Today, one end of the church is Lutheran and the other end Roman Catholic–definitely an interesting way to get along ecclesiactically! We visited this church during our 2014 LutherTour.

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