Bulletin – Saturday and Sunday – October 9th at 5 pm and October 10th at 8:30 a.m.

Order of Worship

Saturday & Sunday, October 9 & 10, 2021

20th Weekend after Pentecost

Introduction to the day 

           The rich man who comes to ask Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life is a good man, sincere in his asking. Mark’s gospel is alone in saying that Jesus looked on him and loved him. Out of love, not as judgment, Jesus offers him an open door to life: sell all you own and give it to the poor. Our culture bombards us with the message that we will find life by consuming. Our assemblies counter this message with the invitation to find life by divesting for the sake of the other.

PRELUDE – People Need the Lord, Great is Thy Faithfulness,

El Shaddai

By Rhonda Heggerston & Melynda Tracey


Confession and 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.

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.

Gathering Song – In the Garden (TOS 261)

  1. I come to the garden alone

While the dew is still on the roses;

And the voice I hear falling on my ear

The Son of God discloses.

Refrain:  And He walks with me and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own.

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known.

  • He speaks, and the sound of His voice

Is so sweet the birds hush their singing;

And the melody that He gave to me

Within my heart is ringing.  Refrain.

  • I’d stay in the garden with Him

Though the night around me be falling;

But He bids me go thru the voice of woe,

His voice to me is calling.  Refrain.

Greeting (ELW p. 98)

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. 

Prayer of the Day

Let us pray.  Almighty and ever-living God, increase in us your gift of faith, that, forsaking what lies behind and reaching out to what lies ahead, we may follow the way of your commandments and receive the crown of everlasting joy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


SUNDAY – To God Be the Glory – 4 hand piano duet

By Rhonda Heggerston & Melynda Tracey

First Reading – Amos 5:6-7, 10-15

Amos was a herdsman by profession and a prophet by God’s call. During a time of great prosperity in the northern kingdom of Israel, the prophet speaks to the wealthy upper class. He warns his listeners that fulfilling God’s demand for justice brings blessing, while corruption and oppression incur God’s wrath.

Seek the Lord and live,
    or he will sweep through the tribes of Joseph like a fire;
it will devour them,
    and Bethel will have no one to quench it.

There are those who turn justice into bitterness
    and cast righteousness to the ground.

10 There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court
    and detest the one who tells the truth.

11 You levy a straw tax on the poor
    and impose a tax on their grain.
Therefore, though you have built stone mansions,
    you will not live in them;
though you have planted lush vineyards,
    you will not drink their wine.
12 For I know how many are your offenses
    and how great your sins.

There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes
    and deprive the poor of justice in the courts.
13 Therefore the prudent keep quiet in such times,
    for the times are evil.

14 Seek good, not evil,
    that you may live.
Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you,
    just as you say he is.
15 Hate evil, love good;
    maintain justice in the courts.
Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy
    on the remnant of Joseph.

Psalm 90:12-17

12 Teach us to number our days,
    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

13 Relent, Lord! How long will it be?
    Have compassion on your servants.
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
    that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
    for as many years as we have seen trouble.
May your deeds be shown to your servants,
    your splendor to their children.

17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
    establish the work of our hands for us—
    yes, establish the work of our hands.

Second Reading – Hebrews 4:12-16

We cannot hide our thoughts, desires, and actions from God, to whom we are completely accountable. Nevertheless, Jesus understands our human weakness and temptations, because he also experienced them. Therefore, we can approach the throne of grace to receive divine mercy from Christ.

12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Gospel Acclamation (ELW p. 151)

Alleluia, Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.  Alleluia.

Gospel – Mark 10:17-31

Jesus has been teaching his disciples about what is most valued in God’s eyes. Now, a conversation with a rich man brings his message home to the disciples in a way that is surprising but unforgettable.

The Holy Gospel according to Mark, the tenth chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.

17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’”

20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”

21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”

27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

28 Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”

29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

SATURDAY – To God Be the Glory – 4 hand piano duet

By Rhonda Heggerston & Melynda Tracey

SUNDAY – Here I Am, Lord – Hand Bell Choir

MESSAGE – “What Must I Do?” by Pastor John Holt   

Hymn of the Day –

apostles’ Creed (ELW p. 104)

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.*

On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

Made children and heirs of God’s promise, we pray for the church, the world, and all in need.

A brief silence.

Uniting God, you call forth different gifts in those who follow you. Encourage us to welcome the diverse benefits and blessings of the whole church in teaching, preaching, prophecy, healing, and more. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Nurturing God, you bring forth crops from the soil and bounty from the trees. Increase the produce of the land and bless all who toil in fields and orchards. Provide for good working conditions and keep them safe. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Empowering God, you offer compassion for those who are overlooked or forgotten. We remember these who are in need of healing and care:  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 you.  Open the hearts of local, national, and world leaders to show such compassion and love for their neighbors. We pray for Rev. Enrique Estrada and the ministry he has in Monterrey, Mexico.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Sheltering God, in Jesus you travelled among us without a place to lay your head. Provide safe places to sleep and rest for those who have no place to live. Sustain ministries that offer food, clothing, and peace of mind.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Renewing God, you bring life out of death. Help us part with those things that are no longer beneficial to us and open our hearts to see where new life is budding in this congregation. We remember our members and friends:  Dennis & Janice Ernst; Marc & Laura Fischer; Ron & Maggie Fransen; Kathymarie Frederick; Julieanne Gee.  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.

Eternal God, we thank you for the lives of those who have died.  Comfort the family and friends of Russell Fransen as they celebrate his life.  Make us confident in your promise of salvation and support us in our own journey of faith. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Receive these prayers, O God, and those in our hearts known only to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Peace (ELW p. 106)

The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.

OFFERING & Offering Prayer (ELW p. 107)

Let us pray.

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.

Lord’s Prayer (ELW p. 112)

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.

Blessing (ELW p. 114)

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.

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

Sending Song – Majesty (TOS 135)

Majesty, worship His majesty,

Unto Jesus be all glory power and praise.

Majesty, kingdom authority

Flow from His throne unto His own who His anthem raise. 

So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus

Magnify.  Come glorify Christ Jesus the king.

Majesty worship His majesty,

Jesus, who died, now glorified, King of all kings. 


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


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SUN., 10-10:  8:30 am Worship Service (Broadcast on KKOJ 1190 AM)

led by Pastor John Holt

          9:30 am Congregation Forum led by Pastor John Holt

MON., 10-11:  5:15 pm Church Council Meeting – Parlor

TUES., 10-12:  8 am Women’s Study – Fellowship Hall

WED., 10-13:  11:30 am Jackson Ministerial – Our Redeemer Luth. Ch.

          2 pm Prayer Group at Pines Library

          2:45-4:15 pm Grade 8 Confirmation Class

          5:15 pm Hand Bell Choir

          5:30 pm Grade 9 & Parents – Dessert, Pictures, Rehearsal

          6:15 pm K.I.C.K. for P-K – Nursery

          6:30 pm Jars of Clay for Grades 6-12 (in building behind Casey’s)

THURS., 10-14:  8 am Men’s Study – Benson’s Cabin 1320 Springfield

SAT., 10-16:  5 pm Holy Communion Worship led by Pastor Lance


SUN., 10-17:  8:30 am Holy Communion Worship (broadcast on KKOJ

1190 AM) led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson

MON., 10-18:  10 am Workshop – Fellowship Hall


Special:  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 you; sympathy to family & friends of Russell Fransen. 

Missionaries:  Rev. Enrique Estrada in Monterrey, Mexico

Members and friends:  Dennis & Janice Ernst; Marc & Laura Fischer; Ron & Maggie Fransen; Kathymarie Frederick; Julieanne Gee

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


WE EXTEND our sympathy to the family and friends of Russell Fransen whose funeral service was held here at Our Savior’s on Saturday morning. 

SPECIAL THANKS to Rhonda Heggerston for sharing your musical gifts at our worship services this weekend. 

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)

        Pastor Steve DeKok – 507-840-0773 (cell)

        Pam Tracey – 507-847-3132 (home)

OCTOBER needs for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes – toothbrushes & toys – place in box provided in concourse area.  Contributions for shipping the boxes are needed also.  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.).

40 DAYS FOR LIFE, September 22-October 31 – Help save lives – protect mothers and children – through prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils and community outreach.  Vigil at 821 3rd St. (Autos on 71), Jackson from 6 am to 6 pm – Contact Holly Nestegard at 507-841-0633 to sign up for 1-hour slots.  (or bradholly2000@yahoo.com).  Concert on October 21 by Jason Gray at 7 pm at JCC High School – everyone invited!

JACKSON FIRE DEPARTMENT’S pancake fundraiser, Sunday, October 10 from 9 am to 1 pm at the fire hall.  Free-will donations. 

IN NEED OF HELP with youth programming and a Christmas program director.  Contact Holly Reipke or church office.

IN RECENT MONTHS, members have expressed questions and concerns about the ELCA.  We will provide an opportunity for conversation on these topics.  Conversations will be an opportunity to discuss concerns and ask questions.  We have asked these pastors to share their 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, October 10              Pastor John Holt

          Following worship at 9:30 am in the Fellowship Hall

Sunday, October 24              Pastor Steve Cook, SW MN Synod

          Following worship at 9:30 am in the Fellowship Hall

Saturday, October 30           Pastor Lance Isaacson

          Following worship at 5:45 pm in the Centrum (worship area)

Sunday, November 21          Pastor Stephen Norby

          Following worship at 9:30 am in the Fellowship Hall


                             Saturday                                  Sunday

Acolytes:              Jamie Edlin                              Hilary Stai 

Scripture Readers:  Connie Myers                         Kim Klassen        

Greeters:               Marilyn Matejka                      Sawyer Flatgard

                                                                             Paul & Tami Meium

Ushers:                  Al Showman                            Steve & Jan Fransen

Radio Announcer:                                                 Loren Tusa

Soundboard:                                                         Jan Christopher

Projectionist:         Sara Anderson                         Wayne Christopher