Nordstern Kirche meets on Sundays at 4pm at the Villa Orange Hotel in the North End of Frankfurt. We arrive at Nordstern’s service two hours early to find Stephan, Michael, and two others already setting up worship, and then the music team begins to practice. They sing the familiar songs “Lobpreis und Ehre” (Ancient of Days) and “Mein Erloëser lebt” (My Redeemer Lives), among others.
The service is preceded by coffee, tea, cake, and socializing as people - mostly young adults and families, people who work in everything from medicine to public relations to the airline industry - trickle into the space well ahead of the 4pm start time. A cellist, there for the first time, plays the prelude and the service begins with a quote by Martin Luther. Hotel guests hang out at the bar outside the door while the service goes on, typical of a new church’s experience. The sermon topic is on the triumphant Jesus. Stephan integrates pop culture references into his sermon and draws pictures on the whiteboard. When the service ends, the cellist sounds another beautiful tune. Church attendees linger long after the service ends to meet and talk. Even after this, a large group heads out to a restaurant for further communing before the beginning of another week. This is their “third space.”
A new church in a new neighborhood is a natural way to build and sustain community. A group of people expressing the gospel through worship and sharing it with their friends is one of the most effective ways to reach a city. This is happening in Frankfurt. Let’s help them reach their goal.