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I (Sal) never thought much about the Lutheran religion until I lived in Morris, where they are very prevalent (almost 3/4 of the churches have a lutheran backgound). I decided to do a site today (1/18/05) after trying to remember the Lutheran prayer I hear many times now over the years living here prior to a meal...

Common Table Prayer

"Come Lord Jesus be our guest,let this food to us be blessed."

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  • Q. Who wrote the common table prayer used by many Lutherans, "Come, Lord Jesus ...." and where did it come from?, from
  • Grace Before Meals
  • I've been to several different Lutheran Churches throughout Minnesota for different functions, such as: services, potlucks, bake goods fundraiser, etc... I was invited to speak at a local church in Morris about my work with developmentally disabled adults in a group home. A co-worker that attends this church referred me to this place

    Some Funnies....

  • You Know You are Lutheran....

  • Recommended Resources



  • Federated Church

  • *attended a 2006 Christmas Program run by the weekly (Tuesday) "Religion Class" at my work-place (D.A.C.) and other events.
  • First Lutheran Church

  • *attended a Waffle Breakfast fundraiser in the summer of 2005
  • Faith Lutheran Church

  • *spoke at a women's day bible study group (invited by my co-worker, Elda Gades, which I shared about my involvement in the group home and the need of volunteers. Also attended several "Meatball" supper fundraisers. Went to a Word Alone meeting one Saturday morning in the winter of 2005. Lastly, my part-time job at PCS has had many inservices, meetings, or conferences here.
  • Zion Lutheran Church

  • *acquiantance with Pastor Jarvis through swimming at the RFC at tiems and other community functions (e.g. Picnic in the Park). Also, attended a funeral here for my associate pastor's dad's.

  • ?, in Alexandria

  • *attended a weekly support group bible study to see what it was like one year (2001)


  • Dessert Fantasy Trinity Lutheran Church, Cyrus, MN, Sunday, April 13 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

  • *I attended this once back in 2005 and won $5 door prize and plus great desserts!


  • Godly Women of History

  • "" presents the lives of women and men whose faith had an impact on the world. The program incorporates narration, readings, music and costumes. A cast of forty-five women and men from Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus, MN gives the program. It is to be a challenge not only to women but also to the entire family and people of all faiths."


    *other related church functions/events

  • North Heights Lutheran Church, in Arden Hills and Roseville

  • *got biblical counseling training (2 weekend courses)here in the Fall of 1999 through Love Lines
    BellFest 2008 Bell Choir Concert

    " A sample of music from 36 bell choirs in Minnesota at the annual public BellFest Concert, conducted by Tim Waugh. This sample highlights the Incarnation Lutheran Church solo, "Standin' in the Need of Prayer," composed by Valerie Stephenson, with conductor Laurie Olsen. The clip was taken from the audience bleachers at North Heights Lutheran Church, Arden Hills, MN. -- using a simple Aiptek 1-chip pocket camera."
  • Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Chruch, in Shoreview

  • *where my brother and sister-in-law got married (photo gallery link)


  • Gustavus Adolphus, in St. Peter, MN

  • *this was one of 3 colleges I was admitted to after high school, but I turned this down for UMM-Morris, MN


  • Lutheran Renewal 2007, in St. Paul

  • *referred by Mona Lee H. of my local church in Morris on Jan 07'

    High School

  • St. Croix Lutheran H.S., in St. Paul
  • Humanitarian

  • Lutheran Socical Service of Minnesota
  • Weather


    I thought it was very ironic of the timing of this tornado and the "big day" (see Social Issues-Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Homosexual, Transexual, etc.. Outreach) of the vote during this ELCA convention=>

    Lutherans prepare for big decision on gay clergy By Associated Press Friday, August 14, 2009 - Updated 5d 10h ago
    "..Glesne is against letting people in same-sex relationships serve as pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and he says his congregation is behind him. They’re worried this suburban Minneapolis church could find itself on the losing side as leaders of the nation’s largest Lutheran denomination vote on whether to take that step at their biennial national convention, which starts Monday in Minneapolis.
    "Of course the question was asked: What will we do, Pastor Dave, if this goes?" Glesne said. "The conversation we had left me no doubt that we will definitely have a discussion about leaving the ELCA."..


  • Lutherans, assembled in Minneapolis, move toward more open stance on homosexuality PATRICK CONDON Associated Press Writer 8:16 PM CDT, August 19, 2009

  • "Voting member Janet Metcalfe, of Inver Grove Heights, MInn., pauses for a moment of prayer along with more than 1,000 members of the Evangelical Lutheran Chruch of America (ELCA) on Wednesday Aug. 19, 2009 after a tornado warning was announced at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Members of the ELCA are meeting this week at the Minneapolis Convention Center to vote on the future of gay clergy and their leadership in the church. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella) (DAWN VILLELLA, AP / August 19, 2009)
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Leaders of the country's largest Lutheran denomination have agreed to disagree on homosexuality, endorsing an official statement on human sexuality that says there's room in the church for differing views on an issue that's divided other religious groups.
    Delegates to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's nationwide assembly in Minneapolis on Wednesday approved a "social statement on human sexuality." The vote was a prelude to a bigger debate Friday, when delegates will tackle a proposal that would allow individual ELCA congregations to hire people in committed same-sex relationships as clergy....
    Wednesday's debate was interrupted briefly in the afternoon when severe storms and a possible tornado passed through downtown Minneapolis, damaging the steeple of an ELCA church across the street from the convention center. Delegates were allowed to remain in the convention hall, but a few jokes about God's wrath proved inevitable.
    "We trust that the weather is not a commentary on our work," said the Rev. Steven Loy, who was helping oversee the convention."

    *see Liberal Arts: Law, Justice, etc.. & # "Salt Lake City tornado kills one", from USA Today (included path sweeping through Mormon Temple)

  • Tornado Touches Down In Mpls., Causes Damage, from Aug 19, 2009 10:32 pm US/Central

    Eyewitnesses spotted a tornado in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon. Minneapolis has partially activated its Emergency Operations Center. However, there are no reports of injuries at this time.
    In addition to damage being reported in areas of south Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Convention Center sustained significant roof damage while about 2,200 people were registered inside. They were taken to a safe location and there have been no reported injuries.
    The tornado has also reportedly damaged Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis.
    A witness at the church said, "We saw the tornado, it was turning, real fast, it got real black out here and had the trees coming to us on the left, the windows were shaking real bad and all this stuff across the street in the church, they had a little dinner there, it tore it all up, and it was just lifting off the ground. And it just disappeared. It just disappeared."
    "It was coming right at me," said downtown eyewitness R.J. Fritz. "It was coming from south to north and it was coming right down the street. Things were in a circular motion. Everything is going up in the air. Papers, cardboard boxes, branches, everything. It came right over the car … sounded like I was in a big car wash for a minute and then it was gone."
    "I was waiting at the bus stop 43rd and 4th in south Minneapolis with three other folks," said eyewitness Andrew Lucas. "It was coming down pretty hard and we saw the rain intensify. Out of nowhere, we saw this funnel come down out of the clouds like a little baby tornado almost and move sort of north, northeast headed down 4th."
    Mayor R.T. Rybak toured the area later Wednesday to assess damage and saw a hole in the Convention Center's roof that caused water to leak in.
    Although there were many reports of downed trees and property damage, there were no reports of injuries, city officials said in a statement.
    "It obviously had a significant physical impact but at this point it looks as if we're very fortunate there were relatively few injuries," Rybak said.
    First responders were going house-to-house in the area looking for victims.
    Jack Freitag said he was standing in the lobby of the Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis when he saw "a wall cloud from the south coming across the parking lot." Then a "very loud roar" came through as he saw signs being blown around in the wind.
    The wind tore off part of the church's 90-year-old metal steeple around 2 p.m. while about 120 people were inside, said church spokesman Joe Bjordal. "I was worried about the people then," said Freitag, who told everyone to seek shelter in the church's basement. No one was injured.
    Outside the church, strong winds ripped apart large outdoor tents and scattered chairs and folding tables across the parking lot that were set up for the national Evangelical Lutheran Church in America convention. The church was scheduled to serve breakfast to guests attending the event at the Minneapolis Convention Center next door.
    At the Electric Fetus, a landmark independent music store near downtown, strong winds shattered one of the store's windows and caused the roof to cave in.
    "It was just the loudest crashing noise," said Stephanie Covart, the store's co-owner. "We didn't know what was happening."
    A glass panel on a nearby bus shelter was shattered, leaving scattered pieces of glass on the sidewalk.
    Officers in Cottage Grove reportedly observed a tornado touchdown and debri thrown about near Highway 61 and Lockridge Avenue. According to the report, a lawnmower was blown under a squad.
    Becca Virden of CenterPoint Energy says it's important that if a customer smells any gas, they should leave the premises immediately, and then call 911.
    Xcel Energy is working to identify and manage downed power lines. To report damaged or downed power lines, customers are asked to call Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-1999."

  • Lutheran Gay Clergy Vote Tests Mainline Churches, Aug 22, 2009 12:52 pm US/Central

  • "MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ― The change to gay clergy policy passed with the support of 68 percent of about 1,000 delegates at the ELCA's national assembly. (File)
    In breaking down barriers restricting gays and lesbians from the pulpit, the nation's largest Lutheran denomination has laid down a new marker in a debate over the direction of mainline Protestant Christianity, a tradition that once dominated American religious life.
    By voting Friday to allow gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy, the 4.7-million member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will either show how a church can stand together amid differences, or become another casualty of division over sexual morality and the Bible, observers say.
    ...Conservative ELCA members have warned of damaged relationships with Lutherans in other countries. While Lutherans in Europe and Scandinavia are to the left of the ELCA on homosexuality, African and Asian Lutherans have been taught a more conservative line by missionaries and theologians, said the Rev. Conrad Braaten, senior pastor of Church of the Reformation, an ELCA congregation in Washington, D.C.
    Braaten is optimistic the ELCA can hold together through the sexuality tensions. "



    Lutheran Airlines


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  • History

    Lutheran Roots in America

    "Who were the first Lutherans in the new world? Why did they come and what did they find when they got here? From Swedes to Danes to Germans and Norwegians, Lutheran Roots in America recounts the dramatic tale of Lutheran migration to America. You will learn about Muhlenberg, the Saxons, Hans Neilson Hauge, the Salzburgers and others. Designed for new member and confirmation classes, this video will help congregations understand their history. 800.638.3522 ext. 6009 Tim Frakes, Producer"


    Martin Luther Trailer

    "Official trailer to movie "Luther"

  • Trailer for Luther, from

  • "I made this trailer myself. After watching the movie, I realized that the trailer didn't do the movie justice, so I decided to try and fix that problem by making a trailer myself. I feel pretty happy with it.
    The song I used is "Te Deum" by Mark Hayes. I cut it up to fit the trailer, but it's a great song none-the-less.
    I hope you enjoy the trailer, and if you like it, go rent or buy the movie. It's awesome!
    Rating/commenting would be much appreciated!"


  • Lutheran Hymnals


    -Martin Luther (founder)
    "The Trial of Martin Luther"

    "Martin Luther stands against the Powers that Be to defend the Word of God"

    *see Bible

    Michigan State University
    "(November 10, 1483�February 18, 1546) was a German monk, theologian, university professor and church reformer[1] whose ideas inspired the Protestant Reformation and changed the course of Western civilization.[2] Luther's theology challenged the authority of the papacy by holding that the Bible is the only infallible source of religious authority[3] and that all baptized Christians under Jesus are a universal priesthood.[4] According to Luther, salvation was a free gift of God, received only by true repentance and faith in Jesus as the Messiah, a faith given by God and unmediated by the church."


  • Thrivent Builds

  • Thrivent Builds Worldwide-Introduction&Experience

    "Travel and change lives on Thrivent Builds Worldwide trips, through th Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Huminity alliance."
  • World Mission Prayer Leauge, based in Minneapolis

  • *sponsored a mission trip I went to in Nogales, Sonora-Mexico with friends in 2001...mission trip report


  • Lutheran Immigration Refugee Services Theology

  • Lutherans Online

  • Missouri Synod

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