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Over the days between Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday, and as part of our Strategic Planning process I will be praying for you, for our Church, and for our community. My prayers will also be part of a Global Prayer movement called Thy Kingdom Come. Thy Kingdom Come invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to faith in our Lord Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. You can join me and thousands of others by going to this page to sign up online: . There you can sign up for daily reminders and daily videos from the leaders of the Anglican Communion. It’s that simple, and costs you nothing. I will also announce a Virtual 24 Hour Prayer Vigil that you will be able to sign up for on-line and pray from the comfort of your home. More details to follow. Let me add this, the first video from Thy Kingdom Come, from our own Presiding Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry. It is worth watching and is a wonderful reminder of the Power of Prayer: If you like this video, make sure you share it too!

On Monday April 17th, the crew of Grandall and Engen LLC arrived with boxes and crates and removed our sanctuary organ for the main stage of its refurbishment process. Our organ was built by the noted South Dakota firm of J.F. Nordlie Company and is a unique one of-a-kind instrument, custom built for our sanctuary by master craftsmen in 1988. All the pipes will be cleaned and refurbished at the Grandall and Engen shop in Maple Grove and we expect the instrument back in full working order before Summer. Leadership of congregational song will continue during the interim with a temporary organ, piano, and other instrumentalists. Photographs and more details of the project as they arrive will be on display for the congregation.

The team at Grandall and Engen continue their efforts in the refurbishment of our J.F. Nordlie pipe organ. The congregation’s patience is greatly appreciated with expectations of the project to conclude in June as we address the wear and tear of constant usage over the past thirty years. During services where the organ is unavailable, those accustomed to sitting in the back of the church should move closer to the front where they will find hearty assistance in our music from the choir and others who have come to sing and worship.

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