Sunday Night Contemplative Worship at Pilgrim Lutheran continues this fall, but — as with so many other things in our communities in these days — it will look a little different.

These contemplative worship gatherings will happen via zoom — except for one special evening outdoor gathering in September. Each service will feature the same kind of contemplative word weavings that Pilgrim’s Sunday night worship services have been known for since 2002, as well as including some other familiar elements from the past, along with creative new dimensions.

Here is the overview for September through November.



Celtic Contemplative Communion Service

A Celtic Journey into the Mysteries
Second Sunday of the month, 6:51 pm

September – November 2020

September 13: Thy Hand Hath Provided

October 11: As a Child I Danced

November 8: The Fragrance of Prayer

Celtic Christianity refers to a spirituality that characterized the young British church from as early as the fourth century A.D. Although pushed out to the Celtic fringes of Britain after Augustine of Canterbury’s Roman mission in 597 A.D., it has always managed to survive in one form or another, usually on the edges of formal religion. One of the leaders of the Celtic Christian movement was St. Aidan, Abbot of Lindisfarne, known for his concern for the poor and strangers, who died in 651 A.D. (The starting time for these worship services commemorates him and also happens to be our area code!)

In our Celtic worship, we draw many prayers and texts from the Carmina Gadelica (“the songs and poems of the Gaels,” reaching back as far as the 6th century) and from Scotland’s Iona Community. We also incorporate prose and poetry from a wide variety of sources, including the work of our own very talented members. The prayers and readings address more than the transcendent and ultimate questions that most religions define; they also address the mysteries and challenges of everyday life, such as the uncertainty of the near future, the crises of present life, and the unknowns of the past. The Celtic style of contemplative prayer used in this worship is known for engaging imagination through visual and spatial imagery, as well as emphasizing the life of God within creation.



Nordic Contemplative Evening Prayer

A celebration of the rich and haunting music of the Scandinavian peoples
Fourth Sunday of the month, 6:51 pm

September – November 2020

September 27: What can I say what can I say

October 25: We Can Do No Other

November 22: It is enough, Lord

Evening Prayer liturgy has been the usual prayer of people since the days of the early Christian church. This liturgy, along with Morning Prayer, attunes us to the holiness of time. We participate in these daily rhythms, praising God for the sun’s rising and a new day, thanking God for all the day has brought at day’s end. We gather to celebrate the sacred mysteries of our lives in the context of the mystery of God. Nordic Contemplative Evening Prayer at Pilgrim bends the liturgical components of Evening Prayer, keeping the general structure and intent intact.

In the same way that the Celtic contemplative service, developed at Pilgrim, seems indigenous to our neighborhood and city, so also is this Nordic service. Nordic roots, of course, run deep in the Twin Cities, this state, and the whole upper Midwest region.



Outdoor Contemplative Worship Service

When: Sunday, September 20, 6:51 pm

Where: On the street beside Pilgrim: Night Light: Outdoor Sunday Evening Contemplative Communion


For questions about these worship services, please contact Pilgrim Lutheran Church at 651-699-6886.