Contemplative Prayer from Nordic and Other Lands

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Contemplative Prayer from Nordic and Other Lands features meditative music from Scandinavian and other countries around the world. "Word weavings" of poetry and scripture, candlelight, and contemplative silence are also at the heart of this service.

The Twin Cities Hardingfelelag is a group of enthusiastic Hardanger fiddlers that enjoy performing and preserving Norwegian folk music.  The Hardanger fiddle is the national instrument of Norway, and has 4-5 sympathetic strings that run under the fingerboard.  This provides echoing overtones to the fiddle, while being played, which at times may sound haunting.  Each fiddle is handmade and is highly ornate and decorative in design.   The group provides dance music at Scandinavian dances, festivals and events in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul and Midwest. The group was founded in 1996 by Norwegian master fiddler Olav Jørgen Hegge of Valdres, Norway.  We welcome new members and are proud to share our passion for the instrument and its accompaniment of traditional Norwegian dance.

The American Swedish Institute Lilla Lag is made up of youth ages 8-17 who gather to learn and perform Swedish folk music.  The group learns all music by ear.  The word "lilla lag" is a Swedish term that means youth folk music group.  Many different areas of Sweden have a lilla lag.  Our lilla lag is affiliated with the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, and has been active for five years.  Interested in learning more?  Please email Music Director Ingela Eilert Haaland at 

Evening Worship at Pilgrim featured in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Glimpses into Nordic evening worship 

Produced by Austin Adesso, with the support of the following generous donors: Diane Brehmer, Hilary Crook & Jacob Seljan, Donna Dingle & Kristo Sween, Brian Hartz, Chris & Nancy Montgomery, Pete & Jen Newburg, and Bob & Debbie Spuit.

Worship Times

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2021-2022 Schedule

Pre-service extended prelude, 6:30 pm

Fourth Sunday of the month, 6:51 pm

September 26

(Guest musicians: Twin Cities Hardingfelelag)

October 24

(Guest musicians: American Swedish Institute Lilla Lag)

November 28

(Guest musicians: Earthtones Women's Choir)

Come early at 6:30 pm to hear an extended prelude by the Guest Artists each month. 

Evening worship at Pilgrim has been featured in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune! You can read more about it here. The article was written by journalist Shannon Prather and included comments from a few evening worshippers. 

Musical Leaders

Rachel Ulvin Jensen, a Twin Cities native has played violin since age four and hardanger fiddle since her teenage years. She is a leading player in the Twin Cities Hardingfelelag, a group that performs traditional Norwegian fiddle music for a variety of audiences and dances.  Rachel has studied under a number of Norwegian master fiddlers, both here in the US and in Norway.  She was an adjunct Hardanger fiddle instructor at St. Olaf College in 2011-2012 and has taught at the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America's summer workshop in Dodgeville, WI.  She appeared as a musician, in the Guthrie Theatre's production of Peer Gynt (2008) and was a consultant on the hardanger fiddle for the Guthrie's 2013 production of Nice Fish.  She regularly freelances on both the classical violin and the Hardanger Fiddle and enjoys teaching private hardanger fiddle lessons.

Peggy Larson is a jazz and world music singer with special skills in improvisation and choral directing. She lived in Holland for many years, where she is well known as a leader in choral music and as a singer of contemporary jazz. She taught voice at the Rotterdam and Arnhem conservatories in Holland for many years, and returned often to the Netherlands to teach and perform.
Here in the US she taught at McNally-Smith College of Music in St. Paul from 2005 until she retired in 2015. Presently she leads the Earthtones, a world music choir for women, and the Portland Avenue United Methodist Sanctuary Choir in Bloomington, MN. Peggy also cantors twice a month at the Nordic and other Lands and Celtic Meditative services here at Pilgrim. She has a Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology from Bethel University. She has given many workshops and concerts/lectures around the USA and in Holland. 

Kulokk: Norwegian Herding Calls
Peggy studied the vocal technique of Norwegian herding calls for her Master’s thesis. In 2007 she traveled to Norway and interviewed singers and farmers, visited the folk archives and collected melodies and stories about kulokk. In 2016, Peggy brought out a book on kulokk, “Sing ‘til the Cows Come Home.”