NDDC issues proclamation for days of prayer for sun in Northfield for the Taste of Northfield 2011

Ross Currier praying at the Church of the Blue Monday Taste of Northfield banner 
NDDC‘s Ross Currier has taken a cue from Governor Rick Perry’s Proclamation for Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas to issue a similar but opposite proclamation for Northfield this week. I took the photo of him on his knees this morning at the Church of the Blue Monday where we both attend religiously.

He wants sunny skies for the Sixth Annual Taste of Northfield (blog post here, full event info/schedule here), held tomorrow and Friday in downtown Northfield on Bridge Square.

Last year’s Taste was memorable; Day 1/Thursday night was a bust (photos) in part because of a botched triggering of severe weather sirens; Day 2/Friday night was spectacular (photos).

See all Locally Grown’s archived Taste of Northfield blog posts and photos for more.

Here’s the transcript of Ross’ adapted prayer for fair weather:

Almighty Lord God, who for the sin of man didst once drown all the world, except eight persons, and afterward of thy great mercy didst promise never to destroy it so again; We humbly beseech thee, that although we for our iniquities have worthily deserved a plague of rain and waters, yet upon our true repentance thou wilt send us such weather for the Taste of Northfield, that we may receive the fruits of the earth in due season; and learn both by thy punishment to amend our lives, and for thy clemency to give thee praise and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

9 comments to  (Including 2 Discussion Threads) NDDC issues proclamation for days of prayer for sun in Northfield for the Taste of Northfield 2011

  • 1
    Ross Currier says:

    Griff, I generally only pray in seeking for the health and safety of family, friends, and others in need.

    However, I am easier with prayers of thanks. Although this is an undated photo, I’ll guess “Jason Kubel comes off the DL”.

    On a technical note, although I am free to offer personal prayers, I believe that an NDDC-sanctioned prayer would require a vote of the full board.

  • 2
    Griff Wigley says:

    Ross, looking at this morning’s sunny skies and forecast, it would appear that your prayers have been answered for today. Bless you, my son!

  • 3
    Jim Haas says:

    Nishioka is scheduled to start this afternoon and Mr. Mauer on Friday evening, so your Kubel prayer is answered — in a way.

    The final stanza from an old Loudon Wainright song might apply here. This happens after he smashes his red guitar:

    “I got myself a blond guitar
    I had it for three days
    Some junkie stole my blond guitar
    God works in wondrous ways.”

  • 4
    Griff Wigley says:

    Ross, your prayers are being challenged:

    URGENT -- IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED FLOOD WATCH NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 221 PM CDT THU JUN 16 2011

    …HEAVY RAIN AND POTENTIAL FLOODING POSSIBLE ACROSS WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA FOR FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT..

    .A FLOOD WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR WEST CENTRAL THROUGH SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA FOR FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT. THE WATCH AREA IS GENERALLY ALONG AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM MADISON TO GAYLORD TO FARIBAULT. BOUTS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS…SOME WITH TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS…ARE POSSIBLE FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT…AS A WARM FRONT DEVELOPS SOUTH OF THE REGION. THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY RAIN COUPLED WITH THE WET SOIL CONDITIONS FROM HEAVY RAIN THAT FELL EARLIER IN THE WEEK…MAY LEAD TO FLOODING. LAC QUI PARLE-CHIPPEWA-YELLOW MEDICINE-RENVILLE-SIBLEY-REDWOOD- BROWN-NICOLLET-LE SUEUR-RICE-WATONWAN-BLUE EARTH-WASECA-STEELE- MARTIN-FARIBAULT-FREEBORN- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…MADISON…MONTEVIDEO…GRANITE FALLS… OLIVIA…GAYLORD…REDWOOD FALLS…NEW ULM…ST. PETER… LE SUEUR…FARIBAULT…ST. JAMES…MANKATO…WASECA…OWATONNA… FAIRMONT…BLUE EARTH…ALBERT LEA 221 PM CDT THU JUN 16 2011

    …FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING…

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED A

    * FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL MINNESOTA…SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA…SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA AND WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS…IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA… RENVILLE AND SIBLEY. IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA…BLUE EARTH…BROWN… FARIBAULT…FREEBORN…LE SUEUR…MARTIN…NICOLLET… RICE…STEELE…WASECA AND WATONWAN. IN SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA… REDWOOD. IN WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…CHIPPEWA…LAC QUI PARLE AND YELLOW MEDICINE.

    * FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING

    * WET SOIL CONDITIONS FROM HEAVY RAIN EARLIER IN THE WEEK COUPLED WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR MORE HEAVY RAIN FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT MAY RESULT IN FLOODING.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

    A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS.

    YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

  • 5
    Jim Haas says:

    Griff: I ain’t real good with links and such, but try this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSFAwsMMu0U

    It’s Wainright’s ‘Red Guitar’ song illustrated. Worth a listen.

  • 6

    No one seems to have chimed in that this was a tasteless parody!

  • 7

    Some people will not vote for candidate because he or she is Mormon : So if that is ok : I guess it is ok some people are truly offened by proclaimed Days of Prayer ?

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