Special Services and Special Music

We love music! We are fortunate to have beautiful organ music and hymn accompaniment in every single one of our services.

We love to sing! We are so grateful that it is possible again, albeit with our masks on.

We enjoy listening to beautiful music! Many times, we have special music in our services by the Petri Choir or another musical group or by a soloist.

Nine Lessons and Carols

December 18, 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Our Christmas service of Nine Lessons and Carols is always a very special service, and a favorite with many. This year, we have a special treat for you:

Not only will the Petri choir will sing for us wonderfully as always (led for the first time by our new organist and church musician Hagen Heinicke), but we will get to hear the handbell choir of the Gartenkirche, led by Ellen Grützmacher.

Due to the ongoing Covid situation, we have decided to celebrate this service twice again this year. If you have the opportunity of joining us for the earlier of the two services, please do so, so that the later one will not be overcrowded.

Photo by user Oosoom, Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

World Day of Prayer

In March of 2022, we celebrated World Day of Prayer for the very first time. The order of service is prepared by a committee of Christian women from different denominations.  The exciting part is that the committee is from a different country every year, so we get to "travel" to a different country every year and hear the stories of women from that country.

In 2022, the World Day of Prayer came from England, Wales, and North Ireland, regions that obviously many of our visitors have a special connection to. The 2023 service will be from Taiwan. Find out more.

Picture by artist Angie Fox, © 2020 World Day of Prayer International Committee, Inc.

Coming up: 20th anniversary

2023 is going to be a very special year for Hannover International Worship: We are going to celebrate our 20th anniversary!

In December of 2003, the very first worship service in English was celebrated. We are happy and proud that twenty years later, this worship is still being celebrated joyfully every month. Read up more on our history here.

For 2023, we have come up with a few ideas on how we are going to make this a wonderful anniversary year. For one thing, we are going to have several of our founding members preach. And we are excited to announce a very special preacher for October: the one who preached the first sermon ever at Hannover International Worship, then-bishop Dr. Margot Käßmann!

Photo from the first service in 2003: Pastor Kurt Jürgen Schmidt, Bishop Dr. Margot Käßmann, Pastor Dr. Tesso Benti, Dean Michael Klatt († 2020)