“WHAT WERE SOME OF THE CHURCHES IN YOUR BOYHOOD HOMETOWN OF KIESTER, MINNESOTA?”
“She Called Her Sons And Daughters” by N. Elliott Noorlun
The church bells of Kiester, Minnesota each sang a song of their own on Sunday mornings.
From three miles ‘cross the farmlands,
Her church bells could be heard,
Calling her sons and daughters,
To worship in His Word.
Elliott’s childhood church (Grace Evangelical United Brethren) and, across the street, the town’s German Lutheran Church.
The glint of morning sunshine,
Reflected off stalks of corn,
As the call for saints to gather,
Was new and never worn.
Although this church was before Elliott’s time, there was even a Norwegian Lutheran Church in town.
And for those who came from Norway,
T’was even a church for them,
The sermon was in Norwegian,
From that land of ancient stem.
Elliott’s father, Russell (white shirt with suspenders), with three of his brothers after a long day at their Norwegian Lutheran church.
Our father attended a similar church,
In youthful days up north,
In days gone by, Young farmer guy,
Kinda questioned patience’s worth.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Kiester, Minnesota. The cousin of Elliott’s mother worshiped here with her family over the years.
Two sermons were preached from the pulpit,
To the pews where saints were sat,
First in English, Second in Norwegian,
No wonder Dad’s smile was flat.
The key that touched my young boy’s life,
Was the family spirit owned,
As each family worshiped, According to,
The tenets that had been loaned,
From God above, Who knew His children,
Were different, And yet were one,
As each Sunday we were called to worship,
His one and only Son!!! 😉 ><>
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I may be only one oat seed in a field of millions, yet I have a story to share of beginnings on our beloved farm in southern Minnesota and beyond to life as I've seen it to this point. Famous? No. Gifted? Unlikely. Yet, I want to leave a legacy to my children and grandchildren of who this gentle Norwegian man was. My happy times, sad times, successes and failures. Someday, those who are tiny now, will have this volume to come to and get to know this Norwegian Farmer's Son.
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