Prayers of the People – 4/5/15

We pray for:

  • Paul and Diane as they become great-grandparents to Liam Davis
  • Our new visitation ministers
  • The men who prepared and served breakfast
  • The people in Kenya
  • Ron who is in the hospital
  • David
  • Lilly
  • Liz
  • Kathy
  • David as his family visits for Easter
  • Connie as she recovers from gallbladder surgery
  • Lois

Prayers of the People – 3/29/15

A Prayer For:

  • Everyone that came: keep each other in our prayers. We are here as people of God!
  • Bonnie’s sister, Pat, who is having health problems.
  • Pat M who is having treatment for cancer.
  • Lois who’s  pacemaker surgery was successful!
  •  Members that have had or will be having surgery.
  • David’s family as they travel to Fargo for Easter.
  • Donelda’s friends who are in the hospital.
  • Our visitation ministers who were commissioned today!
  • For anyone who is getting their life together and needs extra prayers.

Prayers of the People – 3/22/15


  • Margaret Cluster as she goes through surgery
  • Kathy Martin as she recovers from surgery
  • Ron’s 70th birthday
  • Donelda’s mom as she gets a new generator for her pacemaker
  • Member’s of our congregation as they travel to and from ND
  • Joy for David as his daughter visits
  • Joy that Mary had fun on her trip to Arizona
  • Thank You to Candy for filling in for Mary on the organ

Prayers of the People – 3/8/15

  • Kathy M who recently had neck surgery and needs to wear a brace for three months
  • A prayer for people who are struggling with a mental or physical disability
  • Harve B who is going to see his prosthetic doctor
  • Share Mary Heath’s joy as she visits her family in Arizona
  • Candace’s neighbor, Tim, who is back home from surgery
  • Ponder the movie, “Selena:, which shows a powerful time in our nations history

Prayers of the People – 3/1/15

A prayer for:

  • Mary as she visits her family and great-grandchildren
  • Kathy Martin as she recovers from back surgery
  • Paul’s Uncle David
  • Dewey’s sister Kathy
  • Joe Cooks son
  • Joy that Donelda is back and has recovered from being sick
  • Candace’s neighbor Tim, who has heart problems
  • Joy that Pat is doing well

March Aware

The March Aware, the news letter of the Northern Plains Conference UCC is available on their web site, There is information in it about the Faith Leaders Energy Tour coming up in April., Eleven Reasons Why Reporting Your Church’s Annual Date is important, the annual meeting of the NPCUCC in June, and the March 2015 Calendar of Prayer.

Prayers of the People – 2/22/15

  • A ND state Legislature House did not allow a Muslim Pastor from Bismarck to deliver an invocation on Ash Wednesday. Let us not divide, but bring together all peoples.
  • The Reiten family as they celebrate their Great-Grandpa Reuben’s 90th birthday.
  • All of our congregation members who are traveling, recovering from illness and couldn’t be at worship this Sunday
  • Let us celebrate books and use our local libraries
  • That the homeless will be taken care of in this cold weather and hope that homelessness will be eliminated. Let us work together through Social Justice reforms to bring this about.
  • That the ND legislature members don’t allow guns in school
  • For Kathy Martin as she goes forward with surgeries on her vertebrae
  • Happy birthday to Dean Pedersen as he and Betty returned from Arizona to a birthday dinner at the Leruds
  • Let us connect with all people regardless of their physical and mental disabilities

Prayers of the People – 2/15/15

  • The family of Andrew Sadek as they continue to deal with issues surrounding his death.
  • The people who weren’t able to make it to church.
  • A prayer of thanks for Joe for singing.
  • For artistic renditions
  • A prayer of thanks for Carrol planning church events.

Thought for the Day – Feb 8

The greatest country, the richest country, is not that which has the most capitalist, monopolists, immense grabbings, vast fortunes, with its sad, sad soil of extreme, degrading, damming poverty, but the land in which wealth does not show such contrasts, high and low, where all people have enough—-a modest living—and no one is made possessor beyond the sane and beautiful necessities.

-Walt Whitman

Prayers of the People – 2/8/15

  • A prayer that we are able to reach out and reconcile with someone in are life
  • Wishing Stretch Roger’s a happy birthday
  • A prayer for Donelda who has the flu and pneumonia
  • A prayer that we remember the Holocaust
  • A prayer for those living with disease and their friends and family
  • A prayer that healing comes to all who need it
  • A prayer of joy for Barb coming to sing last week

Prayers of the People – 2/1/15

  • Remember the family of Nita Luessen.
  • Roxanne is pleased to be part of our congregation and church family.
  • Thank you to Barbara Licha for her music!
  • Prayer of the continuation of our church and it’s members.
  • A prayer for Mary’s brother Perry whose moving to the Sheyenne Care Center after Margaret, his wife, passed away.
  • For Beethoven’s music and specifically his 5th Symphony.
  • For taking David’s message about healing into our hearts.
  • David is happy his magic trick worked!

Bulletin Information for February 1, 2015

Scriptures: Psalm 111:2-4
Gospel: Mark 1:21-28

Call To Worship

Your pain is the breaking of the shell
That encloses your understaning

Even as the stone of the fruit must break
That its heart may stand in the sun
So you must know pain

And could you keep your heart in wonder
At the daily miracles of your life
You pain would not seem less wonderous than your joy

And you would accept the seasons of your heart
Even as you have always accepted the seasons
That pass over your fields
And you would watch its serenity
Through the winters of your grief
-Kahil Gibran

Prayer of the Beloved Community

As people have many skins in themselves
Covering the depths of their hearts.
People know so many things:
They do not know themselves
Why thirty or forty skins
Just like an ox’s or a bear’s
So thick and hard
Cover the soul.
Go into your own ground
And learn to know yourself there.
-Meister Echart


Prayer of Dedication

A thing of beuty is a joy forever
Its lovliness increases
It will never pass into nothingness
But will keep a bower quiet for us
And a sleep full of sweet dreams
And health, and quiet breathing
-John Keats

Sermon Notes for 1/25/15

Sermon Notes: 1/25/15
“Right then and there…’
Our total commitment to our family
What else would make us drop everything?
Rich Young Ruler; Jonah; wedding guests
Sunday Club church
Do lists
What kind of person was Jesus?
Read Marcus Borg
What did he ask us to do?
Fight for the poor…the Expendables
Indict the domination of power
Eliminate the purity system
He asks us to follow him here and now
Read Revelation
How are we going to respond?
Too old, busy, poor, weak
Don’t be a Sunday Club Church; Don’t put Jesus on you Do List; Don’t be a lukewarm Christian
Drop everything here and now and save the world

Bulletin Information for January 18, 2015

Scriptures: Psalm 139:1-6 and 7-12

Call To Worship
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
“Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?”

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.

There is nothing enlightening about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you
We were born to make manifest the glory of God
That is within us.

It is not just in some of us;
It is in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine
We give other people
Permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence liberates others.
-Marianne Williamson


Prayer of the Beloved Community

May we seek to heal and to nurture the earth and all its creatures,
To live in the midst of creation,
And to love one another as brothers and sisters
With all life.
-U.N. Environmental Sabbath


Prayer of Dedication

We are thankful that we are called into communion with each other.
We are always surprised by generosity and compassion.
We have a vision of inclusion, solidarity, and love
Which breaks us open, widens our sympathies,
And enlarges our hearts.
Let us care for those whom it would be easy to forget:
The homeless and the hungry, the addicted and the lost,
Abandoned souls and hurting children.
We seek imagination and generosity
So that we may minister in the name of love and compassion
To those who are most in need.
Let us seek to serve the needy, the rejected, and the forgotten.
Let us confront out indifference, challenge our boundaries,
And be surprised by joy.
Let us look upon this suffering and glorious world
And keep our sympathy and compassion fresh.
Let us keep our faces turned toward love
Lest we grow hard.
-Rev. Allan Jones

1st Hymn Arise, Your Light is Come B164
3rd Hymn Jesus Calls Us, O’er The Tumult B172