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Visible & invisible community

Messiah Hour of Worship, broadcast from Messiah Lutheran Church, Fargo, N.D., celebrated 40 years of ministry in February. It’s believed to be the longest continuous televised Lutheran worship service and reaches to Winnipeg, Canada, and into western Minnesota, eastern North Dakota and South Dakota.

“The service going out on TV hasn’t changed all that much,” Don Ommodt, president of the Messiah Foundation for Christian Communication told The Forum, Fargo. “But the quality of the broadcast has improved immensely.” Today’s cameras are small, robotic and out-of-sight, quite a change from the first 20 years when the “crow’s nest” dominated the front of the sanctuary.

About 3,000 to 4,000 worship via WDAY, making for an “invisible community out there in homes and nursing homes,” said Karin M. Moberg, pastor of Messiah.


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