Sunday, October 8, 2017     
11:00 a.m.  Nordic Worship Service   


Greeting:  The Norwegian Honorary

Rev. Joel Xavier was born in Rochester, Minn. and grew up in Albert Lea. He has two degrees from Luther Seminary in St. Paul:  Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from the Department of Leadership and Mission. He has served congregations in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Rev. Xavier and his wife Mary have two adult sons: Matthew and John Victor. The Xaviers live in Kasson, Minnesota

      Consulate General in Minneapolis

Preacher: Rev. Joel Xavier

Liturgist: Tim Peterson
Organist: Jessica Schroeder

Special Music: 
Islandsmoens Mannskor (Male Choir)  
        from Moss, Norway

Choir Director: Hilde Everløff Andersen  
from Moss, Norway

Jannicke Frølandshaugen, vocalist  

from Råde, Norway
Kai Robert Johansen, trumpeter   
from Sarpsborg, Norway

Kirkekaffe/Church Coffee
(freewill donation) 

Vocalist Jannicke Heian Frølandshagen is an actress, singer, composer and lyricist. Born in northern Norway, she also lived in Biloxi, Mississippi and Germany as a child. She performs in a variety of theater and musical performances that include cabaret-style revues, humorous vignettes based on real life, and theater productions depicting historical events.




Islandsmoen’s Men’s Choir of Moss was founded by Sigurd Islandsmoen, a renowned organist and teacher. They are celebrating their 70th anniversary. 

Conductor Hilde Everløff Andersen
describes the choir members as “a great bunch of silly, happy, good men.” Andersen is not only a masterful conductor, but an exquisite entertainer and pianist in her own right.

With a broad repertoire of traditional and modern music, the troupe performs at a variety of local venues and with other choirs throughout Norway. It has also performed in Wales and Ireland. 






















Trumpeter Kai Robert Johansen, making his fourteenth tour of the Midwest, brings artistry from his home area of Østfold County in southeastern Norway.
It includes the picturesque cities of Moss, Fredrikstad, Halden and Sarpsborg and the music he brings reflects their charm. Joining him and making their American
debuts are vocalist Jannicke Heian Frølandshagen from Råde and Islandsmoen’s Men’s Choir from Moss under the direction of Hilde Everløff Andersen.

Kai Robert, Sarpsborg, has been performing for more than 45 years. He has performed on radio and TV not only in Norway but throughout Europe and the United States. He has released more than 60 CDs, several of which have reached gold and platinum status. He has also received several Norwegian cultural awards for his work as a musician and composer. This year he adds to his accomplishments a performance for the mayor of London, England, on Norwegian Constitution Day and a new song he composed celebrating Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja’s 80th birthdays.