To the editor,

The little one-room country church, St. John’s Lutheran Church of Bradford (900 Cty. Rd. 5 NW), was full to overflowing on Sunday, Jan. 6. In celebration of Epiphany (visit of three kings to the Christ Child), a German and an English service were held. 

The congregation was gifted with a true step back in time. A live tree was decorated with tinsel, a pump organ and accordion provided the music, gas-light chandeliers/kerosene wall lamps were the source of light, the aroma of coffee/cider/goodies permeated the air, the wood stove gave warmth, and a lighting of candles held by each visitor during the singing of Silent Night (with the shutters closed) concluded the service of Scripture readings and Christmas carols in a warm, memorable way. 

Many thanks to the Isanti County Historical Society and Friends of Historic St. John’s, and members of the area German group for making this local treasure of St. John’s (on the National Register of Historic Places) and these annual services available to the community. 

Marilyn Cuellar

Cambridge

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