Calvary Events…

Faith In Film ZOOM Seminar!

Who: Everyone is welcome to join the Faith in Film Seminar!
What: Join Pastor Steve in a Zoom Seminar exploring film #3 “Parable”
How: Email Pastor Steve at to participate by Tuesday, June 16th.
When: Those who register by email will discuss on June 18th.
Where: In the comfort of your home. “Parable” can be found on YouTube. 
“This movie was commissioned by Protestant churches and Orthodox churches for showing at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. It was 16 mm so the quality is not good. I suggest you read the article below and watch it. You may remember it…”
Pastor Steve Norby

FILM #3 – “Parable”

Parable is a 1964 short film from writer/director Rolf Forsberg. Apart from the intro narration, the film consists of no spoken dialogue, only music and some natural sounds. This is a parable about a clown of all people. It is a bizarre notion, and the clown’s actions are inexplicable and perhaps nonsensical at times. Culturally, clowns are either comical or terrifying. This one is neither. A good clown will bring happiness to his spectators, and so he does. But not in the goofy stupidity act which we are all familiar with. Some look to this often unappreciated man under a face of white paint with admiration, while others, filled with anger, look to him in hatred. The setting of the story really becomes secondary. And even in this concise and hushed little film, there lies significant Christian symbolism. Amazingly enough, the clown of Parable is a Christ figure. This man has become a clown, in many ways a humiliating occupation. Likewise, Christ wholly took on our weakened human form when He was born of the Virgin Mary. Christ was born into poverty and experience the most shameful death of an agonizing criminal execution. His entire worldly existence was one of humility. During the time which Jesus walked the Earth, the Jewish people were anticipating a militaristic Messiah to free them from Roman occupation. Instead, Jesus Christ came and preached a gospel of love: love of God, love of neighbor, even love of enemy. In short, when Jesus revealed Himself to be the Messiah, He wasn’t what people were expecting Him to be. Similarly, the obscure clown of Parable is a man acting in the capacity of a clown. He is a clown. And people expect clowns to be goofy, silly, entertaining or even hysterical. This is a clown with a difference. He does not pursue performing for an audience but getting personal with his audience, whether it be his co-workers at the circus or the crowds who have come there to enjoy themselves. This man seeks to console his fellow man, to serve others. Early on, the clown watches a man struggling to take two buckets of water uphill to provide the elephants with something to drink. The man gathering the water pauses for a break, and it is then that the clown steps up to the plate and, without being asked, provides the courtesy of taking the two buckets of water the rest of the way. (This image of Christ satisfying the thirst of His creatures is an old one. For example, in most screen adaptations of Ben-Hur, the main character finds Jesus bending over and giving him a drink of water.) From there, the clown continues on his quest for assisting others throughout the circus. With each stop he gathers unto himself followers from among the other circus workers as well as a couple of enemies. He helps others in humiliating tasks and offers to take their place. Eventually, the clown and his followers enter a grand tent where the leader uses a short-handled broom to sweep the dust from the feet of countless people in the audience. Here most are amused and begin doing likewise, brushing the tops of other people¹s feet. This scene images Christ’s washing of His apostles’ feet. Right after this, the clown notices three people suspended as life-sized puppets being manipulated by the leading role of the performance, a man filled with anger and envy. Being a flesh and blood puppet is perhaps the most humiliating role forced upon any of the characters in the entire movie. The clown lowers the trio of actors softly to the ground. The puppet master’s facial expression is one of rage. Everyone then leaves the tent except for the clown and the infuriated puppet master, a man who saw people as things to be used, objects to attain an end. The two have a mild confrontation at first. Suddenly, the clown straps himself into the center harness, one of the contraptions by which the puppet actors were suspended. So he is hoisted up. The three giant wooden control bars for the living puppets dangle from above like a trinity of bare crosses, a modern-day sort of Calvary. The puppeteer obviously pulls some strings. With each strike, the clown¹s body is jerked this way and that. The puppeteer gets his vengeance. And so do the others who were following the clown to get back at him, believing he had wronged them in some way. One throws baseballs up at the clown. Another, more dramatically and symbolically, stabs the clown with his sword just as the Roman soldier stabbed Christ during His Crucifixion. The most shocking and dramatic moment of all is when a great cry escapes the clown during his suspension as attached by string to the control bars. After this, his activities are consummated. The puppeteer passionately continues to strike the notes on his keyboard which correlate with certain strings that cause the clown’s movements. When he finally stops, he sees that the body of the suspended clown hangs limp and motionless. It is not fully understood whether the clown is dead or not. Regardless, he is seen the following day donning his clown makeup, ready for another day’s work, another day of offering charitable aid. This part is a bit of a mystery, perhaps almost as mysterious as Christ’s all-transforming Resurrection. Overflowing with traditional Christian symbolism, Parable’s characters are well-acted by their performers. The circus life is colorful and sometimes crazy. But here it takes on a new dimension: one of common strife, an aspect of life which needs to see the light of Christ’s example of genuine love.

The participants will decide future films!

Mark Your Calendars…


Calvary Lutheran Church Worship Guidelines (6/24/2020)

The Calvary Church Council has approved a plan for in-person worship, outdoor worship services and outdoor youth worship services.
Outdoor Worship Services will be held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month for the remainder of the summer (weather permitting). Please check Calvary’s Facebook page and website for updates.
The worship core, executive committee, and church council will continue to review the CDC and MDH guidelines to determine a time for our first indoor worship service.
Your church leadership asks for your patience during this process.  
Feel free to call the office, 218-732-7284, if you have any questions.

PR 2 PR Puerto Rico Mission Trip

Continued fundraising efforts are underway. All proceeds from these fundraisers will be used for tools and supplies to assist our Mission Partner, San Pedro Lutheran Church (in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico) in their rebuilding efforts. Donate to the cause.


Youth Service “ESPN”

8:00 & 10:30 Worship Services

(Rescheduled – date TBD)




Pancake, Eggs & Sausage Breakfast

8:30-10:15 AM Date TBD

Freewill Offering.

A Carl Hammer Fund Kids-for-Camp Fundraiser.

Owls Breakfast

9:00 AM date and place TBD.

If you plan to attend, please call Dick Longtine at 732-5275.
OWLS-Older Wiser Lutherans

Faith and Literature meets at 9:30 AM at the Third Street Market. Date TBD.

The book of the month will be discussed. All are welcome!
Books are available, please contact Martha. For more information, please call Martha Thompson 218-371-6817.

Suds of Service

Family Ministry would like to invite you to help us out with “SUDS OF SERVICE”. On the 2nd Sunday of the month, we will be collecting a noisy offering as a way to share God’s love and wash away some stress of everyday life. (Laundromat expenses for people in the community.)
Our next noisy offering will be taken on
Thank you for helping us continue this mission!
Sponsored by Family Ministry

Practicing Resurrection: Experiencing Vitality 2.0.

Grace Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes

Please contact the office if you are interested in attending. More information will be discussed at the Annual Meeting.
Workshop 2: April 25th 9:30am-3:30pm-Imagining a New Future for Your Congregation
Workshop 3: June 27th 9:30am-3:30pm-Building Capacity to Move Toward a New Future
Workshop 4: October 10th 9:30am-3:30pm-Sharing and Measuring Our Work and Outcomes