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9.17.23 Bulletin & Announcements


Please lift in prayer Dan Albright, Beulah Rustad, Matt Valan, Pastor Phil Larsen and family, Carol Malone, Bonnie Plath, Arlene Haux, Garret Fenner & family, Tanya Ausk, Shirley Berg, Kenny Garrett and family.

September Worship Times

Norman 9:00am Worship - Sunday School begins Sept 17 (kids will be dismissed after 15 minutes of Worship to attend SS with leaders) Davenport 11:00am Worship - Wednesday Kids Club begins Sept 20th 4:15pm-5pm @ Davenport

Confirmation begins Wed Sept 20th at Norman - 7th & 8th grade 6:30pm-7:15pm and 9th grade 7:30pm-8:15pm.


**Newsletter information, photos and articles are due this week 9/20 please send to

**TODAY Davenport Fire Dept having a Pancake Feed at the Fire Hall from 7:30am-1:00pm

*Pastor Katie & kids will be attending Castaways Camp Fall Youth Retreat September 22-24! Grade 6-10th.

*TODAY- Two Meetings Sunday, Sept 17th following Norman 9am Worship -Connect & Serve and

Parish Youth/parent informational meeting of the National Youth Gathering Event (grades 9-12).

* TODAY- St. Benedict's Catholic Church Annual Fall Dinner from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Costs for the dinner are: Adults - $15.00, Children (ages 5-10) - $6.00, and Children (4 & under) - Free. Takeout meals are available.

**Parish Table Fest is coming soon! Saturday, October 28! If you would like to donate a prize for the raffle, that would be wonderful and appreciated! Please contact Elaine Swenson or Nancy Ebens. Tickets will be on sale soon for table seats! Pastor Kathy Valan will be guest speaker.

*Next Sunday Sept 24th Blessing of the Animal Worship Service Davenport Lutheran 11:00am. Lunch to follow service. Bring your pets to worship (on a leash or kennel please). All welcome!

*Bible study with Erin Westby will start October 1st. See attached information. This Bible study is not just for women, its for men and teens also! Sign up by Tuesday Sept 19th!

*Back to School Shoe Run- We are still accepting monetary donations for the Shoe Run which helps kids in our community with shoes and boots for winter. (winter is coming) For more info:

*We will be collecting snacks for the Kindred Elementary School. Individually wrapped items such as fruit cups, applesauce pouches, granola bars, etc… You may leave your items at the churches and we will make sure they get to the school.

*Mark your calendars-

* The St. William’s Church annual fall turkey dinner, bake sale, country market and raffle at the Argusville Community Center, Argusville, ND on Sunday, October 1, 2023 from 11:00 am - 1:30pm. Free will offering (a $15 suggested donation).

*Annual Turkey Dinner at Canaan Moravian Church October 8th 4-7pm. “To Go” meals only. They encourage you to sign up on their website or facebook link to order your meals for pickup. *BINGO begins Thursday, October 12th

*Speed Rustad Memorial Horse Show will be October 21st.

*The third annual Norman-Davenport Table Fest is Saturday, October 28, If you would like to donate a prize for our raffle, we would appreciate it! Contact Nancy Ebens or Elaine Swenson. Tickets for the luncheon & style show will be available end of September. Pastor Kathy Valen will be our guest speaker.


Maybe you have tried to read through the Bible but quit when it felt confusing or impersonal?

The Bible Recap (TBR) by Tara-Leigh Cobble is here to help! TBR follows a chronological reading plan of the Bible, and then recaps each day’s reading through a short podcast/video (about 8 minutes per day) or in a separate book (2 pages per day). In the podcast/video and in the book, she highlights and summarizes that day's Bible reading in a casual, easy to understand way to not only help you read Scripture, but to love reading it!

TBR’s New Testament reading plan and recap videos/chapters start on October 1st! This is a wonderful Bible reading plan, and I know you will love it.

Things to know:

  • You can complete the entire New Testament in 3 months by spending about 20 minutes per day reading your Bible and listening to or reading the Recap.

  • I will hold a Discussion & Fellowship hour every Wednesday evening from 7:00-7:45 at Norman. Come as often as you want; there are no awards for perfect attendance!

  • This is not just for women. Men and teenagers are encouraged to join in, too!

  • Go to to get a good idea of what this is all about. (Pro Tip: Listen to the six "Prep Episodes" to set yourself up for success!)

  • The Recap Book is not required (you have the option of listening to the podcast only), but if you would like one, let me know. The book contains recaps for the entire Bible, but we will just be tackling the New Testament in this 3-month Bible study.

Dates to mark on your calendar:

  • Tuesday, September 19th: Last day to join to get a discounted rate on The Bible Recap book.

  • Sunday, September 24th: Kick-off meeting after church. I will go over what you need to know before we get started, and you will have a chance to ask questions.

  • Sunday, October 1st: Day 1 of the reading plan!

  • Wednesday, October 4th (and every Wednesday after): Discussion & Fellowship from 7-7:45 at Norman.

  • December 31st: Last day of the reading plan and the end of the New Testament!

Please consider taking advantage of this opportunity to grow in your personal faith and relationship with God AND strengthen the amazing community of faith we have here at Norman-Davenport.

Please let me know ASAP if you would like to participate!

Erin Westby



Norman Davenport Lutheran Worship

16th Sunday after Pentecost September 17th 2023

Pastor Katie Kringstad

PRELUDE/BELL/WELCOME: P: “The Lord be with you! R: And also, with you

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. ANNOUNCEMENTS:

GATHERING SONG Be Thou My Vision (ELW 793) vs 1-2



PRAYER OF THE DAY Let us pray. A brief silence is kept before the prayer.

O Lord God, merciful judge, you are the inexhaustible fountain of forgiveness. Replace our hearts of stone with hearts that love and adore you, that we may delight in doing your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.



God of Creation, you have gifted these leaders

with teaching skills, creativity, and curiosity.

We pray you would fill them

with the power and compassion of your Holy Spirit.

Fill them with energy and insight into your Word,

the story of Your faithful heart.

You have not called them to be perfect

You have called them to be faithful.

You have not called them to be all-knowing

But to believe.

Grant them wisdom, patience, and joy

In the teaching of your Word.

Guide each teacher.

Strengthen the gifts you have given them,

In your holy name, we pray. Amen.


FIRST READING: Genesis 50:15-21

PSALM: Psalm 103:[1-7] 8-13

SECOND READING: Romans 14:1-12

GOSPEL: Matthew 18:21-35


HYMN OF THE DAY: All Creatures, Worship God Most High! (ELW 835) vs.1-4


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.


Remembering the caring and generous works of God, we pray for the church, creation, and the needs of our neighbors. A brief silence.

We pray for the church. Bless the missions and ministries of diverse congregations, that they uplift the good news of salvation in ways that can be understood. Merciful God, receive our prayer.

We pray for creation. Send rain to lands experiencing drought and healing to rivers clogged with pollution. Enrich the soil for trees and plants. Protect the crops needed to feed those who hunger. Merciful God, receive our prayer.

We pray for all who govern. Encourage those in positions of power to lead with empathy, practice forgiveness, and care for those who struggle. Merciful God, receive our prayer.

We pray for our neighbors who face illness of any kind. For those strained financially; for all living with chronic pain, mental illness, the disease of addiction, or otherwise afraid or in harm’s way. Protect all who cry out for mercy. Merciful God, receive our prayer.

We pray for this congregation. Open our hearts to practice intentional invitation. Help us to forgive each other, practice patience, and choose welcome over judgment. Move us to care for those in our community seeking refuge and safety. Merciful God, receive our prayer.

We give thanks for the saints who died in faith. Show us how to live faithfully, creatively, and lovingly in your church and world Merciful God, receive our prayer.

Remember us according to your steadfast love as we offer these and the prayers of our heart, trusting in your compassion made known through Jesus Christ. Amen.

OFFERING SONG: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty #858


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.

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


The Lord bless you and keep you.

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

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

In the name of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit. Amen.

SENDING SONG: Be Thou My Vision (ELW 793) vs 3-4

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


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