Christmas Service Ekklesia Leiden

This morning I attended the Christmas services of the Ekklesia Leiden (Holland). A liberal church community in the university town of Leiden which gathers every week at the Hooglandse Kerk. A beautiful building stemming back from the 14th century.

A 2013 review in the newspaper Trouw already noted that ‘…apart from ‘Our Father’, the score of Huub Oosterhuis songs was 100 percent’. This morning, apart from ‘Our father’, only 4 out of the 6 songs from were from this author; a decrease to 67%…

The ‘participant pastor’ Christiane van den Berg -Seiffert meditated on Matthew 2: 1-12 (from the translation of Naarden), the story about the magi. She noted that they must have had patience (to watch the skies night after night), and did not know exactely what they were looking for and where (hence they visited king Herod first). She concluded by pointing at the mystery of X-mas: People longing for God (symbolized by the shepherds and the Magi,) and God longing for people.

LumixGX80 camera | Lumix 20mm 1.7 lens | Olympus 9-18mm F/4.0-5.6

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