Prayers in English and Norwegian

The Lord's Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven,
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever, Amen.



Herrens Bønn
Fader vår, du som er i himmelen!
La ditt navn holdes hellig. La ditt rike komme.
La din vilje skje på jorden som i himmelen.
Gi oss i dag vårt daglige brød.
Forlat oss vår skyld, som vi og forlater våre skyldnere.
Led oss ikke inn i fristelse, men frels oss fra det onde.
For riket er ditt, og makten og æren i evighet. Amen.


Table Prayer
In Jesus' name we go to the table
To eat and drink at your Word
You, God, to honor, We, to receive,
So we receive food in Jesus' name.
I Jesus navn går vi til bords
og spiser, drikker på ditt ord.
Deg, Gud til ære, oss til gavn,
Så får vi mat i Jesu navn.

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of
the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell. On the third day
he rose again.  He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the
Father.  He will come again
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.

Den Apostoliske Trobekjennelse

Jeg tror på Gud Fader, den allmektige,
himmelens og jordens skaper.
Jeg tror på Jesus Kristus, Guds enbårne Sønn, vår
Herre, som ble unnfunget ved Den Hellige Ånd,
født av jomfru Marie,
pint under Pontius Pilatus,
korsfestet, død og begravet, for ned til dødskriket,
stod opp fra de døde tredje dag, for opp til himmelen,
sitter ved Guds, den allmektige Faders
høyre hånd, skal derfra komme igjen
for å dømme levende og døde. Jeg tror på Den Hellige
Ånd, en hellig, allmenn kirke,
de helliges samfunn,
syndenes forlatelse,
legemets oppstandelse
og det evige liv. Amen.


 Children's Morning Prayer

God who loves us little children dear,
look to me who is so little!
Help me this day to be
kind and good, to God's glory!



Gud som har oss småbarn kjær,
se til meg som liten er!
Hjelp meg denne dag å være
snill og god, deg Gud til ære!

Children's Evening Prayer

Dear God, I have it good!
Thank you for all that I have received!
You are good, you love me,
Dear God, never go away from me!
Watch over the small and the big!
God bless father and mother!


Kjære Gud jeg har det godt.
Takk for alt som jeg har fått!
Du er god, du holder av meg,
Kjære Gud, gå aldri fra meg!
Pass på liten og på stor!
Gud bevare far og mor!

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Christ In Our Home - Light for Today is a daily devotional booklet published quarterly by Augsburg Fortress.  You can pick up your free copy at Mindekirken.  Large print also available.




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On-Line Bible


On-Line Bible

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What Lutherans Believe


From the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
What Do Lutherans Believe?

A faith founded on good news

The 95 Theses
The city of Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany, has an excellent Martin Luther site on the Web. You can read the text of the 95 Theses and find much more information about Martin Luther in links from their home page.

Lutherans are Christians who accept the teachings of Martin Luther (1483 – 1546). Luther was a German theologian who realized that there were significant differences between what he read in the Bible and the practices of the Roman Catholic church at that time. On October 31, 1517, he posted a challenge on the door of Wittenberg University, titled “95 Theses” (to debate 95 theological issues). His hope was that the church would reform its practice and preaching to be more consistent with the Word of God as contained in the Bible.

What started as an academic debate escalated into a distinct separation between the Roman Catholic church of the time and those who accepted Luther’s suggested reforms. "Lutheran" became the name of the group that agreed with Luther’s convictions.

Today, nearly five centuries later, Lutherans still celebrate the Reformation on October 31 and still hold to the basic principles of Luther’s theological teachings, such as Grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone. These comprise the very essence of Lutheranism:

  • We are saved by the grace of God alone -- not by anything we do;
  • Our salvation is through faith alone -- a confident trust in God, who in Christ promises us forgiveness, life and salvation; and
  • The Bible is the norm for faith and life -- the true standard by which teachings and doctrines are to be judged.

Over the years, different Lutheran church bodies have been established and organized to meet the needs of Lutherans in communities and nations all over the world. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is the largest Lutheran group in North America, founded in 1988 when three North American Lutheran church bodies united: The American Lutheran Church, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches and the Lutheran Church in America. 

Lutherans are part of a reforming movement within the whole Christian church; as a part of practicing their faith, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and its predecessors have engaged in ecumenical dialogue with other church bodies for decades. In fact, the ELCA has entered into cooperative "full communion" agreements (sharing common convictions about theology, mission and worship) with several other Protestant denominations, including

  • the Moravian Church
  • The Episcopal Church
  • the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
  • the Reformed Church in America
  • the United Church of Christ
  • the United Methodist Church

The ELCA has an ongoing dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church, and in 1999, representatives of the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. This represented a historic consensus on key issues of faith and called for further dialogue and study together.

Lutheranism is a faith tradition that is open to all, regardless of background. The ELCA alone is almost five million members strong, with nearly 10,500 congregations across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about the Lutheran faith, please call the Mindekirken office at 612-874-0716. 

What is Christianity?


What Is Christianity?

A basic overview of our church’s foundations from Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) 

To define it simply, Christianity is one of the world’s major monotheistic religions. Christians believe in Jesus Christ and follow his teachings. We believe Jesus is God’s own son, sent by God to become human. As the son of God, Jesus is divine, but he was also a human being who lived among us on earth, over 2,000 years ago. Followers of Jesus are part of God’s people, whose heritage includes the Jewish people and the Christian Church throughout the world today.

Who was Jesus?
As a person, Jesus of Nazareth was a Jew who lived and died in biblical Israel under Roman rule in a province the Romans called Palestine. He spent his adult life in ministry with his disciples, traveling around the region, teaching about God and spreading a message of God’s love, peace, hope and forgiveness. He healed the sick and fed the hungry. He gathered many followers who were passionate about his teachings. As his following grew, some of the religious leaders became more and more distrustful and angry with him, until he was eventually turned over to the Roman government by Judas, one of his own disciples. The Roman governor Pontius Pilate then sentenced him to execution. He died by being nailed to a cross in the outskirts of the city of Jerusalem.

But death did not contain him. On the third day after his crucifixion, the day Christians call Easter, Jesus appeared among his followers as the risen, living Lord. He continued to teach, spreading the Good News, sharing the story of his life and resurrection to people here on earth for forty days before returning to heaven. His story and teachings are depicted in the New Testament of the Bible. 

As Christians, we believe that Christ lives among us today by the power of God’s Spirit, present when the Good News is preached and the sacraments are administered.

Living a Christian life
Because of Jesus Christ, we believe that Christians are called and empowered by the Holy Spirit to live our lives in service to the world. Through acts of love and justice, worship and witness, we share God’s boundless love with the world.

As members of the ELCA, we share with all Christians a worldwide community of faith. Through Christ, we are united with other Christians and we recognize a wide fellowship of churches. We work alongside them in ecumenical ministry and service, both in the United States and across the globe.

If you have any questions or want to talk more about Christianity, please call Mindekirken's office at (612)874-0716. 

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