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5.21.23 Bulletin & Announcements

You will be able to greet and congratulate the graduates at a reception line as you leave the sanctuary.


Please lift in prayer- Coltyn Anderson, Elaine Clemenson family, Burkhart/Muellenbach family, Steve Haux, Beulah Rustad, Matt Valan, Bob Mitchell, Pastor Phil Larsen and family, Brown Family, Trudy Torgerson, Carol Malone, Bonnie Plath, Arlene Haux, Garret Fenner & family, Tanya Ausk, Shirley Berg, Kenny Garrett and family.


*TODAY Norman Lutheran will be honoring their graduates with a lunch following Worship.

*TODAY KHS Baccalaureate 7pm Kindred Lutheran Church

*TODAY last day of Sunday School @ Norman

*Red Willow Bible Camp Grades 4-9 for the week of July 30th-August 4th. Pastor Katie will be attending as Pastor of the Week at that time. Sign up at

See the link sent out for the Norman Foundation to request a scholarship.

Or contact Jen Swenson or Jim Hoy

*Sunday ushering available at Norman Lutheran. Please sign up at the website

*Kids Club Spring Celebration 4-6pm, community meal served 6-7 on Wednesday June 7th. Worship 7:00pm

*Synod Assembly- June 3-4, 2023 Holiday Inn, Fargo

*Parish VBS- more information to follow!

*Newsletter Opt Out- If you would like to opt out of receiving the paper newsletter by mail, please send us an opt-out message to (No action needed if you would like to have newsletter by mail.)


Norman will have Sunday Worship next Sunday, May 28th at 9am. (No service at Davenport)

Davenport Wednesday summer worship begins June 7th at 7pm.

*KHS Graduation Sunday, May 28 2:00pm

*You are invited to Jorgen and Trey's graduation open house on Sunday, May 28 starting at 5 pm at the Swenson Farm (5069 162nd Ave SE Kindred)!

*Memorial Services at local cemeteries Monday, May 29. (times to be announced)

Norman Davenport Lutheran Worship

Graduate Quilt Presentation

Seventh Sunday of Easter May 21st 2023

Pastor Katie Kringstad


GATHERING This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.


GATHERING PRAYER - Dear Lord, I thank you for this day, these people, this church, and community. I pray that you would be with us this hour and that you would open our hearts to your word. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

GATHERING SONG: Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing (ELW 389) vs 1-3

PEACE (ELW p. 152)



A brief silence is kept before the prayer.

Let us pray.

O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



FIRST READING: Acts 1:6-14

PSALM: Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35 SECOND READING: 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

GOSPEL: John 17:1-11


HYMN OF THE DAY When Peace Like a River (#785) vs 3-4


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.*

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.


United in the hope and joy of the resurrection, let us pray for the church, the world, and all in need. A brief silence.

God of harmony, as you drew your son to your side, you draw us to you and unite us with the planet and one another. Weave your church together in a web of mutual love for the sake of the world. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

As your Spirit hovered over the waters of creation, so your Spirit hovers over all that you have made. Bless the water that sustains the planet and grant wisdom to use it wisely. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

You empower your people with the fire of your Spirit. Challenge activists and organizers, teachers and politicians, and all in leadership to speak a message of peace and justice. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

You care for all your children. Show your steadfast love to those suffering isolation, especially exiles, refugees, or prisoners. Break the chains of all held fast by systemic oppression of any kind. Comfort all who are afraid or suffering from illness. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We give thanks that humankind serves as your body in the world, stewarding your abundant gifts. Guide this congregation’s leaders as they seek your will. We pray for our staff and council. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

You raise your saints to new life in Christ. We give you thanks for all your saints who have given us glimpses of your redeeming love. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Rejoicing in the victory of Christ’s resurrection, we lift our prayers and praise to you, almighty and eternal God; through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. Amen.

OFFERING SONG: Day by Day (ELW 790)


Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. Through your goodness, you have blessed us with these gifts: ourselves, our time, and our possessions. Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior, and Lord. Amen.


Graduates and their parent/s Come forward to the altar.

Giving of blankets:

Brett Baumgarten, Trey Heinrich, Perrin Johnson, Mason Nipstad, Max Opgrand, Jorgen Swenson, Carson Richard, Sydney Kringstad, Abby Robinson, Karli Rossow.


Presentation of the Quilts

Leader- Dear friends in Christ, there was a day when your parents held you in their arms and rocked you to sleep. They cuddled you in a blanket to keep you warm, safe and comforted.

Very soon you will be launching a new life, away from the safety and security of this home, family, church, and community. As you go out into the world, may this quilt be a reminder of your parent’s love and the nurture of this Christian Community.

(Parents stand with back to the altar and with child facing them, wrap quilt around child’s shoulders, leaving hands on shoulders while they repeat the blessing following Pastor’s prompts.)


I come this day before God to bless you and thank Him for your life. You have given my life a deeper meaning and calling. Through you, I have experienced God’s love, joy, and forgiveness.

Wherever you go, whatever you do, my love goes with you; you will always be part of my heart.

May this quilt remind you of the warmth of my love, the care of this faith community, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

And on those nights when I cannot wrap you in my arms, wrap yourself in this quilt and know that in God’s family, you are never alone.

(Parents and graduates switch places. Parents hold quilts while graduate place hands on Parents’ shoulders to bless them by repeating these words after the leader)

Graduate Addressing Parent(s):

You have given of your heart and of your home. You have loved and cared for me, even when it was difficult.

Today I honor and thank you for your courage, patience, wisdom, and love. Wherever I go and whatever I do, I will always be your child, blessed by your love. I thank God for blessing my life with you.

Leader- The Lord be with you.

Congregation: And also with you.

Leader: To ALL the Graduates of the class of 2023, everywhere, but to you especially our dear graduates, one part of your life’s journey is complete. You will soon prepare to begin another phase that will take you to unimaginable places. As you prepare for your next journey, we hope that you remember the ones you leave behind, who have loved and supported you throughout the years.

Congregation: Your church family is honored to claim you!! We are immensely proud of you!

Graduates of 2023, let Christ’s light shine always. Thanks be to God.


May you always know that you are a

Precious and loved child of God created

With amazing and unique gifts.

May you embrace your beloved-ness

And be brave enough to use your gifts.

For the sake of your neighbor and


Be honest. Be kind. And be love.



God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.


The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and ☩ give you peace.


SENDING SONG: Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing (ELW 389) vs 4-5


Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.


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