Scripture Readings: Jeremiah 31:31-34

John 8:31-36

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Sometimes the great figures from the past of the church- the Saints whom we remember at this time of year- can seem very remote. But not always.

Those who attend at St Stephen’s may perhaps remember a lovely lady named Renate Krebs, who died in 2010. She was a lovely, fascinating lady who had lived in Scotland for many years. Born in Germany in 1922, but went to live abroad during the Nazi era, marrying a Swiss gentleman. Later her home town was part of Communist East Germany, which made it hard to return home. A love of all things Celtic brought her to settle in Scotland. Renate was born in the town of Eisleben, and told me once that she had been baptised at the same font in the parish church as Eisleben’s most famous son, Martin Luther. How’s that for a link to history?

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