Sunday, August 30, 2009

Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN

This morning I worshipped at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church at 3152 - 17th Ave. South in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The services are held in Latvian except occasionally when a guest preacher may bring the message in English. The congregation is very welcoming, as is their pastor, Rev. Maija Cepure-Zemmels. Worship uses traditional Lutheran liturgy and hymns.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Canon XTi  200mm  f/8  1/800  ISO: 200

Monday, August 24, 2009

Photo by Anna  Canon XTi  200mm  f/4  1/200  ISO: 200

Sunday, August 23, 2009

freedom of the Spirit

I pray that I have the wisdom to allow the Spirit freedom to breathe where and how he will.  That notion of allowing the Spirit freedom is one that needs to touch our daily lives no matter where and with whom we find ourselves.
   -- Abbot Denis, OSB
Read the complete message from Abbot Denis here.

Canon XTi  125mm  f/4  1/640  ISO: 200

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Canon XTi  300mm  f/8  1/320  ISO: 200

Friday, August 21, 2009

Canon XTi  300mm  f/4  1/500  ISO: 200

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Canon XTi 300mm f/4 1/50 ISO:200
Like the deer that yearns
for running streams,
so my soul is yearning
for you, my God.
-- Psalm 42:2 (Grail)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

300mm f/4.0 1/200 ISO: 200

Monday, August 17, 2009

300mm f/4 1/320 ISO: 200

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Be still!

Be still and know that I am God,
supreme among the nations, supreme on the earth!
-- Psalm 46:11 (Grail)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Da Cat

Blue Cloud Abbey's new cat, Da Cat, posing by one of Brother Sebastian's sculptures.
For more pictures & a video of Da Cat, click here.

Friday, August 14, 2009

apple tree

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I'm off to the North Shore of Lake Superior for a few days with the grandkids. I'll be posting on Twitter & maybe some iPhone shots on this blog -- back by the weekend.

Monday, August 10, 2009

bikers are frequent visitors to Blue Cloud Abbey


Sunday, August 09, 2009

South Dakota prairie wild rose

Friday, August 07, 2009


Wednesday, August 05, 2009


It was said of Abba Agathon that for three years he lived with a stone in his mouth,
until he had learnt to keep silence.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN

iPhone photos
The interior of the Latvian Lutheran Church where I spoke this morning. It was humbling to stand in the pulpit used by many great Latvian pastors. Although my dad was never a pastor of this congregation, he too had preached here. My message was in English but I did manage to do a few parts of the service in Latvian.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

consider the lilies

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow;
they toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you,
That even Solomon in all his glory
was not arrayed like one of these.
-- Matthew 6:28-29

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