In Search of Luther: June 6-16, 2014

Tentative schedule.

martin_lutherFreitag, 6. Juni
Depart Houston IAH

Samstag, 7. JuniErfurt_Augustinerkloster
Arrive Frankfurt and transfer by bus to Erfurt. Visit the Augustinerkloster in Erfurt, where Luther lived as an Augustinian monk from 1505 to 1511.

wartburg_eisenach_570pxSonntag, 8. Juni
Go to Eisenach. Visit Wartburg Castle, Bach Museum, Cotta House, and St. George Church.

Montag, 9. Juni
Visit Erfurt, Augustinian Monastery, Merchants Bridge, Cathedral.

Left: The Wartburg Castle, where Luther was whisked to safety, and where he translated the New Testament into German.

Below: The Naumburg Cathedral.

naumburg-cathedral-saxony-anhalt-germany-16910277Dienstag, 10. Juni
Buchenwald. Visit Memorial to the Holocaust there.
Visit Naumburg historic Romanesque Cathedral.

Mittwoch, 11. Juni
Visit Wittenberg Luther Museum and Melanchthon Museum, City Church and Castle Church. Lunch at ELCA Wittenberg Center.

Wittenberg was the location of the new university where Luther taught. He posted the 95 Theses on the door of the chapel. Someone translated them from Latin into German, then printed and distributed them.

eislebenDonnerstag, 12. Juni
Drive to Eisleben. Visit the house where Luther was born and the other house where he died. Visit St. Peter’s Church where Luther was baptized. St. Peter’s Church is now a baptismal center.

Freitag, 13. Juni
Tour the city of Leipzig where J.S. Bach served as music director of the city. Visit St. Thomas Church where Bach is buried and St. Nicholas Church where the prayers were said leading up to the fall of the communist regime.

Bach lived 1685-1750.


Attend the opening night of the Leipzig Bach Festival in St. Thomas Church.

17.00 Uhr Thomaskirche / Eröffnungskonzert
J. S. Bach: Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV 733 ·
Magnificat D-Dur, BWV 243 · Sanctus D-Dur, BWV 232III ·
C. P. E. Bach: Magnificat D-Dur, Wq 215 · Heilig, Wq 217
Julia Sophie Wagner (Sopran), Susanne Krumbiegel (Mezzosopran),
Benno Schachtner (Altus), Martin Petzold (Tenor),
Andreas Scheibner (Bass), Thomanerchor Leipzig,
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra,
Mayor of LeipzigLeitung: Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller

Mayor’s Reception following in the New City Hall. Overnight in Leipzig.

Samstag, 14. Juni
Excursion to Dresden. Royal Residence, Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), with views of the Elbe River.

frauenkircheBach Festival Concert. Overnight in Leipzig.

20.00 Uhr Nikolaikirche / Oratorium und Kantate
C. P. E. Bach: Die Israeliten in der Wüste, Wq 238 ·
J. S. Bach: Du Hirte Israel, höre, BWV 104
Solisten, Chorus Musicus Köln, Das Neue Orchester,
Leitung: Christoph Spering

robert moore preachingSonntag, 15. Juni
Worship at St. Thomas Church. Afternoon visit to the Stasi Museum. Dinner together.

Montag, 16. Juni
Group departs for home.

For more information contact 281-873-5665.


Estimated cost: $1995 per person, double occupancy. There is a single room occupant supplemental cost of $590. This trip is limited to 20 people. Costs include hotel, all meals except lunch and perhaps a dinner or two if we divide up. Plan on some expenses for gratuities.

$1,000 refundable deposit due in 2013. Second $1,000 deposit is due January 15. The second deposit is non-refundable. Final payment is due May 15. This trip is open to all.

Online registration: Click here for online registration.

For more information:
TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod
12941 I-45 North Freeway, Suite 210
Houston, TX 77060


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