Choir Reunion Weekend service led by Pastor John Holt

Order of Worship

Saturday & Sunday, April 23 & 24, 2022



OPENING HYMN – I Know that My Redeemer Lives! (ELW 619, v.

1-2, 6-8 )

1) I know that my Redeemer lives!
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead;

he lives, my ever-living head!

2) He lives triumphant from the grave;

he lives eternally to save;
he lives exalted, throned above;

he lives to rule his church in love.

6) He lives, my kind, wise, heav’nly friend;
he lives and loves me to the end;
he lives, and while he lives, I’ll sing;
he lives, my prophet, priest, and king!

7) He lives and grants me daily breath;
he lives, and I shall conquer death;
he lives my mansion to prepare;

he lives to bring me safely there.

8) He lives, all glory to his name!

He lives, my Savior, still the same;
what joy this blest assurance gives:

I know that my Redeemer lives!


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

And also with you.

BRIEF ORDER FOR Confession and Forgiveness

(LBW, p. 56) 

In the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Silence for reflection and self-examination.

Most merciful God, we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Kyrie (LBW p. 57)

In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For the peace from above, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.  Amen.

Hymn of Praise (LBW p. 58-59)

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father:

We worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God:

You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

You are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Prayer of the Day

The Lord be with you.  And also with you.

Let us pray.  

Almighty and eternal God our Father, the strength of all who hope in You, thank You for all the saints who have gone before us showing us how to live for Your praise, and serve You with gladness, now and forever, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen. 


          Joy in the Morning

As a Little Child 

He Never Failed Me Yet

Psalm 100

 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth.

Worship the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing.

Know that the LORD is God.  It is he that made us, and we are his;

we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.

Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For the LORD is good;

his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.   

BIBLE READING – Colossians 3:12-17

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.  Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.  And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to God.  And whatever  you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 


Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.  Alleluia. 

GOSPEL READING – Luke 24:13-25

The Holy Gospel according to Luke, the 24th chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.  While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.  And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?”  They stood still, looking sad.  Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?”  He asked them, “What things?”  They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him.  But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.  Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place.  Moreover, some women of our group astounded us.  They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back, and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive.  Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.”  Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared!  Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?”  Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

          As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on.  But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.”  So he went in to stay with them.  When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.  Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.  They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”  That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together.  They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!”  Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

MESSAGE – Pastor John Holt  

“There are Good Things Prepared for Us as We Walk with Jesus”

Hymn of the Day – Amazing Grace, How Sweet the

Sound (ELW 779)

1) Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.

2) ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!

3) Through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come;
’tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.

4) The Lord has promised good to me; his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.

5) When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun,

we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.

OFFERING & OfferTORY (LBW, p. 75)

Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence,

and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation,

and uphold me with your free Spirit.

Prayers of Intercession

Set free from captivity to sin and death, we pray to the God of resurrection for the church, people in need, and all of creation.

A brief silence.

Holy One who acts righteously, equip your church as witnesses of your goodness to go and tell others of your abundant love, that they may believe that Jesus is our salvation and life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Renew your people’s commitment to use resources responsibly and to live well with your creation. Invite us to recognize and nurture signs of resurrection life in the natural world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Direct those who are given human authority to lead with humility and compassion. By your Holy Spirit channel their attention toward serving those who are most in need. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Uphold your children who cry out to you (especially) Dale Jensen, William Rolfson, Rita Bebler, Vickie Tusa, Ruth Plackner, Rachel Grunst, Jamison Nestegard, Alice Michelson, Karen Grunst, Steven Hansen; and all those we name in our hearts before you.  Wherever people are overcome by the fear of death, breathe into them your life and peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Inspire those who lead your people in worship and praise (especially the art and music ministries of this congregation). With joyful motion and sound, send us forth with praise that we cannot keep to ourselves. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for an end to the pandemic and for mercy on all who suffer physical, spiritual and economic hardship because of it.  We pray for those caring for the sick.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the call committee and the council and ask that you would guide, inspire and empower them in their work.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our missionary, Rev. Enrique Estrada in Monterrey, Mexico; and these members and friends:  John & Valerie Mattsen; Verland & Rosella Mix; Clarine Michelson; and Lowell Nasby.  With Jesus our leader, empower us all to live according to his ways. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

In your mercy, O God, respond to these prayers, and renew us by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ, our Savior.  Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those

who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen. 

(congregation seated)


          The King Is Coming


The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and ☩ give you peace.  Amen.

Sending HYMN – Crown Him with Many Crowns (ELW 855, v. 1,

3, 4)

1) Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne;

hark, how the heav’nly anthem drawns all music but its own.

Awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee,

and hail him as thy matchless king through all eternity.

3)  Crown him the Lord of love – behold his hands and side,

rich wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified.

No angels in the sky can fully bear that sight,

but downward bend their burning eyes at mysteries so bright.

4) Crown him the Lord of life, who triumphed o’er the grave

and rose victorious in the strife for those he came to save.

His glories now we sing, who died and rose on high,

who died, eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.


Go in peace. Serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God.   



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Sun., 4-24:  8:30 am Worship Service (Broadcast on KKOJ 1190 AM)

  • led by Pastor John Holt

     9:30 am Fellowship Hour

     9:45 am Adult Class – Parlor led by Dave Hansen studying today’s

Bible readings

Tues.,4-26:  8 am Women’s Study – Parlor

Wed., 4-27:  5:15 pm Lighthouse Children’s Ministry

     5:15 pm Hand Bell Choir

     6 pm Jars of Clay for Grades 6-12 at Sheldon Jackson Education

Building (behind Casey’s)

Thurs., 4-28:  8 am Men’s Study – Parlor

Sat., 4-30: 5 pm Holy Communion Worship Service led by Pastor

Lance Isaacson

Sun., 5-1:  8:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (Broadcast on

KKOJ 1190 AM) led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson

     9:30 am  Congregation Meeting

Mon., 5-2:  10 am Workshop – Fellowship Hall


Special:  Dale Jensen, William Rolfson, Rita Bebler, Vickie Tusa, Ruth Plackner, Rachel Grunst, Jamison Nestegard, Alice Michelson, Karen Grunst, Steven Hansen; and all those we name in our hearts before you. 

Missionaries:  Rev. Enrique Estrada in Monterrey, Mexico

Members and friends:  John & Valerie Mattsen; Verland & Rosella Mix; Clarine Michelson; Lowell Nasby

Other:  Military, Pastor Nancy Isaacson, Pastor Lance Isaacson, Our Savior’s Church Council & Call Committee


In case of pastoral care needs or emergencies – please call:

        Our Savior’s Lutheran Church office – 507-847-2856

        Pastor Nancy Isaacson – 507-847-3238 (home)

                                                507-841-3763 (cell)

        Pastor Lance Isaacson – 507-847-3238 (home)

                                                507-841-3766 (cell)

        Pam Tracey – 507-847-3132 (home)


  • David Zimmermann for directing the choir this weekend! 
  • Pastor John Holt for leading worship! 
  • All who participated in the choir!   

 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

CONGREGATION MEETING – Sunday, May 1 – 9:30 a.m.

          After careful consideration, following the forum on April 3, the Council has elected to move forward with the call process.  The results of the survey were 64 in favor of the call and 6 were opposed.  A special meeting of the congregation is set for Sunday, May 1 at 9:30 a.m. to act on the recommendation of a call.  (Per constitution:  Voting members are confirmed members who have attained the legal voting age of the State of Minnesota [18 years old].  Such confirmed members shall have communed and made a contribution of record during the current or preceding year.  Voting by proxy or by absentee ballot shall not be permitted.  Authority to call a pastor shall be by at least a two-thirds majority ballot vote of members present.)

RADIO BROADCAST FUND – Our Savior’s broadcasts the worship service on KKOJ-1190 AM each Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m.  Sponsorships are needed and cost $100 per week and may be given in honor, celebration or in memory of someone.  Contact the church office for available dates.  Thank you!

OUR SAVIOR’s will be reaching out to our college students with a special “care package” soon.  In order to do this, the student’s mailing address is needed at the church office – 847-2856.  Thanks!

IF YOU ordered an Easter lily, please take one home to enjoy.


                             Saturday                               Sunday              

Acolytes              Ayden Endreson                   Weston Rowe

                                                                             Carver Lais

Greeters               Sharon Anderson                                    

Scripture Readers   Mary Jacobsen                 Nancy Edlin

Ushers                 Nate Benson                          Earl & Karen Flatgard

Radio Announcer                                               Nancy Edlin

Projectionist       Wayne Christopher               Jeff Johnson

Organist              Melynda Tracey                     Melynda Tracey