Pilgrim Lutheran Church offers Celtic service

Students will perform music for the worship service once a month.

Lorelei Zimmerman rehearses Celtic psalms
Lorelei Zimmerman rehearses Celtic psalms ahead of Pilgrim Lutheran Church's Celtic service on Sunday, April 3, 2022.
Contributed / Pastor Will Mowchan

SUPERIOR — Pilgrim Lutheran Church has been trying something new during its worship service.

The Russian attack on Ukraine hits close to home for current and former pastors of Pilgrim Lutheran Church.

On the first Sunday of each month, the church has been offering a Celtic service.

“I had wanted to try something new and different at Pilgrim in terms of worship and decided to do a Celtic service,” said Pastor Carolyn Mowchan. “You need a lot of musicians to do that if you’ve ever seen Celtic Thunder or Celtic Woman.”

Mowchan said she hired a group of music students from the University of Minnesota Duluth and University of Wisconsin-Superior to perform during the service.

“It’s more like a concert than a worship service,” Mowchan said.


The students perform six or seven songs with readings between the songs.

The themes of the service are about caring for the earth. Performers include a violinist, flutist, pianist and six singers.

“Celtic spirituality has a lot to do with feeling connected to the earth and the water,” Mowchan said. “I’m trying to have this be our once-a-month Earth Day.”

The next service is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 3, with the final Celtic service being performed May 1. The Celtic service is also offered at 11 a.m. both days at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Duluth, where Mowchan is also the pastor.

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