Day 3 – The warmth of Germany

Today’s guest blogger is Katherine Purdy.  Katherine just finished her freshman year at Bethany and majors in Art.

(l-r Aubrey Hitchcock, Katherine Purdy, Abigail Rishel-Barnett, Allison Regehr)

It’s hard to describe a day with one word, but I think for today I would use the word warmth… for many reasons.

First of all, it is “unseasonably warm” for this time of year, so it’s warm outside, but the warmth I’m trying to describe is more internal. The first stop this morning was the Castle Church.

The Castle Church in Wittenberg

Standing in front of the door on which Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses.

Walking in and seeing a beautiful cathedral with so much history made that early wake up call so very worth it. Trailing up the spiral staircase and then praising together brought smiles to faces and tears to eyes. Singing with the group gave me an inner warmth that spread from my chest all the way to my fingers and toes. The service was in German, but seeing first hand that even though we may be foreign and from a different place, we are all connected in worship to our God.

 

 

 

 

(l-r) Elisabeth Phelan, Ashlee Williams, McKenzie Smith, Amanda Barcus

The Handbells were a hit at the Castle Church!

The choir sang from the balcony.

Three tenors

Wittenburg had a warm and bubbly vibe. Traveling down the streets, seeing amazing architecture and scenery…it made me never want to leave. Many of us got to try Schnitzel and gelato for the first time, both extremely delicious and we finished off our time in the town in a flower filled town square.

A pulpit of Martin Luther’s seen during our tour of his house.

A portrait at Martin Luther’s house.

Once back in Leipzig, we had some down time to relax, which I’ve found is a good time to laugh and bond with your roommates. We prepared for the next concert at the St. Thomas church. It was also absolutely stunning and the first cutoff of one of our chords took my breath away… and then so did every cutoff after. It’s hard to sing tall vowels when you’re grinning from ear to ear. It was emotional and again, filled me with a warmth that I’m assuming is just love for music, God, and my fellow choir members. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the echo of our praise in that beautiful hall.

The choir at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Bach’s Church.

In front of the Thomaskirche next to the iconic statue of J.S. Bach

 

5 thoughts on “Day 3 – The warmth of Germany”

  1. The updates that I am able to read daily are truly wonderful! I could feel the warmth described by Katherine all the way in Kansas. God Bless all of you!

  2. Loved your blog! I hoped you would all have that mountain top experience as you visited and sang in these wonderful places!! So thrilled for each of you!

  3. What a wonderful experience for all of you! I love reading about your day and seeing the pictures. Have fun!!

  4. I am traveling vicariously with you and enjoying every word and picture. I’ve been to Germany twice but never to the places you have been so far, and I regret that! Thank you for such vivid thoughts and enjoy every minute!

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