All Saints Weekend
Saturday, November 6, 2021 – 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 7, 2021 – 8:30 a.m.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
Of all three years of the lectionary cycle, this year’s All Saints readings have the most tears. Isaiah and Revelation look forward to the day when God will wipe away all tears; in John’s gospel, Jesus weeps along with Mary and all the gathered mourners before he demonstrates his power over death. On All Saints Day we celebrate the victory won for all the faithful dead, but we grieve for our beloved dead as well, knowing that God honors our tears. We bring our grief to the table and find there a foretaste of Isaiah’s feast to come.
ORDER FOR WORSHIP
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
BRIEF ORDER FOR CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS (ELW p. 94)
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.
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
(Silence for reflection.)
Most merciful God, we confess that we are captive 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.
In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God 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.
SATURDAY: God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin, and made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved. In the name of Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit, that Christ may live in your hearts through faith. Amen.
GATHERING HYMN – For All the Saints (ELW 422, v. 1-4)
1) For all the saints who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
2) Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;
thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
thou, in the darkness drear, their one true light.
3) Oh, blest communion, fellowship divine,
we feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
4) And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
and hearts are brave again and arms are strong.
GREETING (ELW page 138)
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.
A LITANY FOR ALL THE SAINTS
When we were baptized in Christ Jesus, we were baptized into his death. We were buried therefore with him by Baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
Thanks be to God.
We begin together in peace. In the name of Christ. Amen.
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been destroyed, then from my flesh I shall see God. (Job 19:25-26)
None of us lives to self, and none of us dies to self. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. (Romans 14:7-8)
Let us pray. We give thanks to you, O Lord our God, for all your servants and witnesses of time past: for Abraham, the father of believers, and for Sarah, his wife; for Moses, the lawgiver, and Aaron, the priest; for Miriam and Joshua, Deborah and Gideon, Samuel and Hannah, his mother; for Isaiah and all the prophets; for Mary, the mother of our Lord; for Peter and Paul and all the apostles; for Mary, Martha, and Mary Magdalene; for Stephen, the first martyr, and all the saints and martyrs in every time and in every land. In your mercy, give us, as you gave them, the hope of salvation and the promise of eternal life; through the first-born from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
God of grace and glory, we remember before you today our brothers and sisters: (chime after each name)
Ronald Michael Gregory Virginia May Stehlik
Harlo Dale Handevidt Richard Howard Garvin
Mavis Tilda Handevidt Jerome John Gruhlke
Juanita Thelma Wachal Audrey Jean Teigen
Scott Alan Olson Russell Jarl Fransen
We thank you for giving them to us to know and love as companions in our pilgrimage on earth. In your boundless compassion, console us who remain. Give us your aid, so that we may see in death the gate to eternal life, that we may continue our course on earth in confidence until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before us.
God of grace and glory, we give you thanks for those new saints who have become part of the body of Christ through the sacrament of Holy Baptism:
Brielle Marie Peterson Adley James Fransen
We are truly grateful that our heavenly Father frees us from sin and death by joining us to the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. By Water and the Holy Spirit, we are born again as children of God. Amen.
SALUTATION & PRAYER OF THE DAY
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us pray…C: Almighty God, you have knit your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
BIBLE READING – Isaiah 25:6-9
Isaiah sees a vision of the end of days, when the God will gather all people on God’s holy mountain and will prepare for them a rich feast. At this banquet God will wipe the tears from all eyes. And there will be no more sorrow, for God will destroy death itself.
6On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,
of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
7And he will destroy on this mountain
the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
the sheet that is spread over all nations;
8he will swallow up death forever.
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,
and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
9It will be said on that day,
Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
1The earth is the Lord‘s and all that is in it,
the world and all who dwell therein.
2For it is he who founded it upon the seas
and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep.
3“Who can ascend the hill of the Lord
and who can stand in his holy place?”
4“Those who have clean hands and a pure heart,
who have not pledged themselves to falsehood, nor sworn by what is a fraud.
5They shall receive a blessing from the Lord
and a just reward from the God of their salvation.”
6Such is the generation of those who seek him,
of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
7Lift up your heads, O gates; lift them high, O everlasting doors;
and the King of glory shall come in.
8“Who is this King of glory?”
“The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle.”
9Lift up your heads, O gates; lift them high, O everlasting doors;
and the King of glory shall come in.
10“Who is he, this King of glory?”
“The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.”
BIBLE READING – Revelation 21:1-6a
Here is a vision of the new heaven and new earth in which God resides fully with God’s people so that mourning, despair, and pain have been eradicated. These renewing words from the God who spans all of time are trustworthy and true.
1I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
4he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”
5And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6aThen he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.”
ALLELUIA VERSE (ELW p. 151)
Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
THE GOSPEL – John 11:32-44
Through the raising of Lazarus, Jesus offers the world a vision of the life to come, when death and weeping will be no more.
The Holy Gospel according to John, the 11th chapter.
Glory to you, O Lord.
32When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35Jesus began to weep. 36So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
38Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” 40Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” 43When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
MESSAGE – Saturday: Pam Tracey
Sunday: Pastor Nancy Isaacson
HYMN OF THE DAY – Million Little Miracles
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Eternal God, you hold firm amid the changes of this world. Hear us now as we pray for the church, the world, and everyone in need.
A brief silence.
Merciful God, we give thanks for all missionaries who have brought your message of hope to new communities and wiped tears away. Continue to raise up courageous missionaries, like Rev. Enrique Estrada to share your gospel of hope. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Creating God, we praise you for abundant harvests and the goodness of creation. Create communities of care for your earth so that all land, water, and soil will be celebrated and cherished by future generations of saints. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of peace, we give you thanks for nations of peace that serve as a refuge for all whose homelands are afflicted with violence. Strengthen those who continue to work for peace and support all veterans who carry the scars of war. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of healing, we give you thanks for health care workers who labor around the clock to answer cries for help. Bring wholeness to all who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, addiction, and all who long for healing in any way (especially) Mary Halverson, Vickie Tusa, Allan Bratrud, Ruth Plackner, Rachel Grunst, Jamison Nestegard, Alice Michelson, Karen Grunst, Steven Hansen, and all those we name in our hearts before God. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We give thanks for the gifts of these members and friends: Wayne Gordon; Norman & Ruthe Gran; Lori Grote; Grant Grover & Ella; Scott Gruhlke; William & Karen Grunst, and rejoice in the birth of a son to Dan & Jacqueline Knips. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of justice, we praise you for the feeding ministries and for all meals that bring people together for nourishment and fellowship. Bless chefs, bakers, servers, dishwashers, communion assistants, and meal ministry coordinators. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
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.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
God of the ages, we give you thanks for the saints of this congregation who have inspired, challenged, loved, and taught us (those who have died during the past year may be named). Wipe away our tears and lead us by their example until we feast together on your holy mountain. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God our protection and strength, we entrust to you all for whom we pray. Remain with us always, through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
OFFERING & OFFERTORY PRAYER (ELW p. 107)
Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts: our selves, our time, and our possessions. Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Peace (ELW p. 128)
The peace of Christ be with you always.
And also with you.
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Preface (ELW p. 130)
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,
that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God,
through our Savior Jesus Christ;
who on this day overcame death and the grave,
and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.
And so, with all the choirs of angels,
with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
Holy, Holy, Holy (ELW p. 144)
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest.
WORDS OF INSTITUTION
In the night in which he was betrayed,
our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it for all to drink, saying:
This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.
Do this for the remembrance of me.
For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup,
we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Lord’s Prayer (ELW p. 145)
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.
DISTRIBUTION OF HOLY Communion
The body of Christ, given for you. The blood of Christ, shed for you.
(Please go out of your section to the right, proceed to front to receive the bread and wine, and return on left side of section.)
Prayer after Communion (ELW p. 136)
Let us pray. We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life. In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift, in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY:
BLESSING (ELW p. 136)
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.
The Lord look upon you with favor and ☩ give you peace. Amen.
SENDING HYMN – For All the Saints (ELW 422, v. 5-7)
5) The golden evening brightens in the west;
soon, soon to faithful servants cometh rest;
sweet is the calm of paradise the blest.
6) But then there breaks a yet more glorious day:
the saints triumphant rise in bright array;
the King of glory passes on his way.
7) From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:
Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.
CHIMES & POSTLUDE
Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #36353.
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
SUN, 11-7: 8:30 am Holy Communion Worship (Broadcast on KKOJ 1190 AM)
led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson
MON, 11-8: 5:15 pm Church Council Meeting – Parlor
TUES, 11-9: 8 am Women’s Study – Parlor
WED, 11-10: 2 pm Missionary Prayer Group – Pines
2:45 pm Grade 8 Confirmation – Parlor
5:15 pm Hand Bell Choir
6:15 pm KICK for Grades 4 & 5 – Fellowship Hall
6:30 pm Jars of Clay for Grades 6-12 at Sheldon Jackson Education Building
THURS, 11-11: 8 am Men’s Study
SAT, 11-13: 5 pm Worship Service led by Pastor Lance Isaacson
SUN, 11-14: 8:30 Worship Service (Broadcast on KKOJ 1190 AM) led by Pastor
MON, 11-15: 10 am Workshop – Fellowship Hall
WE REMEMBER IN PRAYER
Special: Mary Halverson, Vickie Tusa, Allan Bratrud, Ruth Plackner, Rachel Grunst, Jamison Nestegard, Alice Michelson, Karen Grunst, Steven Hansen, birth of a son to Dan & Jacqueline Knips; and all those we name in our hearts before God.
Missionaries: Rev. Enrique Estrada in Monterrey, Mexico
Members & Friends: Wayne Gordon; Norman & Ruthe Gran; Lori Grote; Grant Grover & Ella; Scott Gruhlke; William & Karen Grunst
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)
Pastor Lance Isaacson – 507-847-3238 (home)
Pastor Steve DeKok – 507-840-0773 (cell)
Pam Tracey – 507-847-3132 (home)
NEEDS for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes – Contributions for shipping the boxes – $9 per box (can give in offering with notation or at church office). Thanks for your donations!
PLEASE KEEP THE CALL COMMITTEE in your prayers: Megan Benson (youth rep.), Rick Burud, Corey Christopher (council rep.), Molly Fransen, Dave Hansen, Debi Ringkob, Karen Zoch (council rep.).
RADIO BROADCAST FUND – Our Savior’s broadcasts the worship serve 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. (If unable to pay full amount, please don’t let that prevent you from sponsoring a service.) Contact the church office for available dates. Thank you!
LOOKING for members for the Youth & Family Ministry Team – please contact Holly Reipke or the church office if you would like to help.
IN RECENT MONTHS, members have expressed questions and concerns about the ELCA. Conversations will be an opportunity to discuss concerns and ask questions. Pastor Norby will share his thoughts with us and respond to your questions, it would be helpful if questions were submitted ahead of time for these conversations. Submit your question in the box on concourse table, along with your name (we will NOT announce who submitted the question.)
Sunday, November 21 Pastor Stephen Norby
Following worship at 9:30 am in the Fellowship Hall
BIG BUDDIES needed at library. The Jackson Public Library is looking for volunteers willing to commit ½ to 1 hour weekly reading with an elementary age student. This Reading Buddies program is for 2-4 grade students. All ages of volunteers are needed. Program runs from January to May. If interested, please call Carrie or Mackenzie at the library, 847-4748.
SOUP & SWEETS, Thursday, November 11, 4:30-7 pm at Spirit Lake First Presbyterian Church (3501 Hills Ave.) This is for KJIA (Christian radio station 88.9FM) Take out available – door prizes – gifts for kids – free-will donations. Any questions, call Ruth Hansen, 847-3530.
IMMANUEL LUTHERAN SCHOOL, Lakefield, hosts a shopping night on Friday, November 12, 4:30-7:30 pm at their Activity Center. Come & do your Christmas shopping – shop the wares of many home-based businesses for unique gifts; bid on silent auction baskets; enjoy a meal of homemade chili or soup, cinnamon rolls and crackers with a free-will donation. Door prizes given on the hour.
HOLIDAY FAIR, Saturday, November 13, 9:30 am-1 pm at American Lutheran Church, Windom. Lefse, crafts, homemade baked goods, new & nearly new. Serving from 9:30-1 – coffee cake & coffee and lunch of hot turkey sandwiches, soup, pies & beverages. Masks are recommended, but not required.
LSS MEALS is offering healthy meals at a pop-up event, Wednesdays November 17 and December 29 from 12:30-1:30 pm at Lakefield Multi-Purpose Center. This is for older adults ages 60 and older – first come, first served. There is NO cost – donations and SNAP benefits accepted. Registration form at time of pick up is required. Meals are prepared, individually sealed and portioned, then frozen for convenience for eating when you want. For more info, contact Sarah Anderson, 866-974-0283.
WE EXTEND our sympathy to the family and friends of Julie Speckman, daughter of Donald & Marilyn (Poynter) Schlager, niece of Clarice Michelson and Alice Anderson.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 25 – 11:30 am
Served right here at Our Savior’s
Helpers needed – before, during & after the meal – check the concourse table for sign-ups. Or call 847-2856 if willing to help with preparing and serving this meal.
Dine in – take out – or delivery. (For delivery, please call 847-2856.)
Please tell your family and friends about this community dinner and plan to attend!
Acolytes Reilly Polz Gage Johnson
Communion (No communion) Dan & Stephanie Johnson
Kip & Heather Wachal
Greeters Marie Lovell Kristy Thurmer & Sandy Phillips
Scripture Readers Mary Jacobsen Angela Naumann
Ushers Al Showman Earl & Karen Flatgard
Radio Announcer Dave Hansen
Soundboard Steve Fransen
Projectionist Sara Anderson Kristy Thurmer
Organist Melynda Tracey Melynda Tracey
We come to meet Jesus, and we want other people to meet Him too.
MINISTERS: All Members of the Congregation