Nearer to God - always and everywhere

“Nearer, my God, to Thee” is the goal both in this world and in the beyond. And this is what unites the souls here and there. To set the mood for this Sunday’s service for the departed here is the well-known hymn in the form of a piano … torage/master/file/26463928/13470530.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/880809.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />…

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Divine service for the departed: Jesus is Lord

Christians feel a need to intercede for the dead. This coming Sunday, New Apostolic Christians will celebrate the divine service for the departed. The services will be broadcast around the world.

“Jesus Christ is our Lord, He saves us from eternal death.” This is the message of the service this coming Sunday. In his letter to the ministers, Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider says: “In order to be sav…

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The church year is quietly drawing to a close

This year, the month of November has five Sundays. The church year ends on the last Sunday of the month, meaning that the Advent season begins at the end of November. How quickly a year passes! Reason enough to occupy ourselves with future things. What is meant here is a fundamental theological concept.

The doctrine of future things is what theology refers to as eschatology. This area of study has…

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Giving thanks? Now is precisely the time!

Giving thanks to God? In difficult times this may not come to us so easily. Yet it is part of the battle against the crisis, says the Chief Apostle. He also explains how to manage this and what we get out of it ourselves: a divine service in two groups of five thoughts.

Sunday, 4 October 2020 was all about the Sabbath day—and there were two good reasons for that: on the one hand it was Thanksgiving…

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Apostle Haeck assumes the chairmanship of the CCC

The Council of Christian Churches (CCC) in Luxembourg is the official name of the round table at which the ecumenical churches of the Grand Duchy gather together to discuss Christian issues in the country. The CCC has recently appointed a new chairman: Clément Haeck, a retired Apostle.

“As president, I preside over the respective meetings and take on representational duties at special festivities…

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The sacraments (21): At the table with Jesus and the disciples

A farewell dinner among friends—with some far-reaching implications: for 2,000 years, Christians of all denominations have been celebrating this festive meal over and over again. Here is what the New Testament has to tell us about the last supper of Jesus Christ.

He was not averse to a pleasant meal with companions, this Jesus of Nazareth. He dined with His friends, the disciples. He ate with those…

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The joy of singing defies the Corona crisis

In virtual rehearsals to a virtual choir: “Practice with purpose” is the concept of the New Apostolic Church Southern Africa. The choir has made its first public appearance and is ready for the second round. And it’s not just about … torage/master/file/26415990/13446352.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/879751.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />…

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Praying together

Hearing the word of God and the absolution, receiving blessing and worshipping God together are some the core elements of our divine services. This is possible virtually even during the pandemic.

“The divine service aims to strengthen the hope for the imminent return of Christ and to prepare the faithful for the return of the Lord.” This is why divine services are so sacred to us.

Many things are di…

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Bringing people together again in church

From “lockdown since March” to “divine services almost everywhere” it’s all there. This is how differently Covid-19 is affecting the church life of New Apostolic Christians around the globe. And the solutions are just as varied.

“If the believers cannot go to church, the church will come to the believers.” This was the reaction of the New Apostolic Church this past March when a nearly worldwide loc…

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A pleasant surprise

It certainly brought joy to the congregation in Sarrebourg when their countryman and Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider entered the church sanctuary as an unexpected surprise. Such divine services live on for a long time in the heart. It seems that coronavirus restrictions can even have some positive effects every now and then.

The travel itinerary of the international Church leader was “open”. Durin…

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The Divine Service Guide turns over a new leaf

Brighter, more modern, with a better overview—this is how the latest edition of the Divine Service Guide presents itself. The most frequently translated publication of the New Apostolic Church is undergoing a relaunch. And this applies to more than just its design.

And so begins the new church year: anyone who has picked up the 12/2020 edition of the ministers’ booklet known as the “Divine Service…

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The divinity trap

Not omniscient, but certain of their own superiority. Not omnipotent, but securing and defending their rights with all their might. It is in this way that human beings set a trap for themselves. Paul shows how to get out of it—a letter that warrants reading together.

Sometimes we hear a familiar hymn verse from the altar—not sung, but cited aloud. It was quite similar for the Philippians when Apost…

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Why we are together

Can Christians or children of God be compared to a fan club or a group of people who share the same interests? It is much more than that, says the Chief Apostle, and refers to the two miracles that unite … torage/master/file/26361196/13417036.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/878339.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />" />…

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Divine services round the clock

Participating in a divine service when the neighbours are still asleep … There is a positive side to the Covid-19 pandemic for people who have to work on Sundays. They can join an online service that is being streamed in a different time zone.

Those members who have Internet access and can speak another language can of course also watch the online services that are streamed in other parts of the wo…

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The sacraments (20): Too comprehensive for a single word

Lord’s Supper, Communion, the Eucharist: these are some of the most familiar designations for this sacrament. Yet these terms never appear in the Bible in this sense—other words are used instead. This article is all about the wealth of the various designations for the sacrament—and what they mean.

When it comes to the number of times it is mentioned in the Bible, there is a clear frontrunner, namel…

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Those who keep at it will enjoy the reward

We have all heard about the first love. But what do we mean when we speak about the “beginning of our confidence”? A divine service on conviction, trust, and hope, and the answer to the question, where does it all lead?

“For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end.” This is what it says in Hebrews 3: 14. How this is to be understood Chief A…

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Gratitude not only on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day commemorates the creatorship of God. This is what the New Apostolic Catechism says. Once a year, a Sunday is set aside for this in the church calendar. But gratitude is something that Christians can show God on all the other days of the year as well, the Chief Apostle says.

Actually, Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider wanted to conduct the Thanksgiving Day service on 4 October 2020 i…

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Trapped inside his own body

“The only thing that lives on in me is my heart, my soul, and my eyes,” Philippe says, who has suffered from locked-in syndrome for 34 years. He gives us a glimpse of his faith, his freedoms, and his very personal bonus programme.

When the authorities announced lockdowns and restrictions on account of the coronavirus pandemic, it was a deep encroachment on the personal freedom of many. In fact, man…

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Divine Service Guide: who’s who

So who actually prepares the Divine Service Guide? Naturally, the Chief Apostle plays a significant role here, but he is certainly not alone. What are all the elements involved—and who is involved—in accomplishing this task? Part 2 introduces all the actors on the … torage/master/file/26300276/13382188.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/877334.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />…

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Divine services on six continents

There are members everywhere who are doing what they can these days to ensure that divine services are transmitted via Internet and telephone. There is only one continent from which the New Apostolic Church does not transmit online services.

The New Apostolic Church streams central divine services in 28 countries every Sunday. In addition to this, there are innumerable non-public offers of divine s…

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