Saturday, December 25, 2021 – 5 p.m.
Introduction to the day
As on the first day of creation, on this Christmas Day the Word illumines the world, shining forth to bring all things into being. Today we celebrate the incarnate Word, God becoming flesh to live among us in the person of Jesus Christ then and now. Emboldened by the good news of Christ’s birth, along with the shepherds, Mary and Joseph, and all witnesses to the light of Christ, we declare to the world that we have indeed seen and been transformed by the arrival of “the salvation of our God.” O come, let us adore!
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Gathering Song – O Come, All Ye Faithful (ELW 283)
1) O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
come and behold him, born the king of angels:
Refrain: O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!
2) The highest, most holy, light of light eternal,
born of a virgin, a mortal he comes;
Son of the Father now in flesh appearing! Refrain
3) Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God in the highest: Refrain
4) Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be glory giv’n!
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing: Refrain
Greeting (ELW p. 147)
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.
LITANY – Isaiah 9
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them light has shined.
We beheld Christ’s glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.
For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given.
And he shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!
His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom.
He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this!
Prayer of the Day
Let us pray.
All-powerful and unseen God, the coming of your light into our world has brightened weary hearts with peace. Call us out of darkness, and empower us to proclaim the birth of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
1The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice;
let the multitude of the isles be glad.
2Clouds and darkness surround the Lord,
righteousness and justice are the foundations of God’s throne.
3Fire goes before the Lord,
burning up enemies on every side.
4Lightnings light up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
5The mountains melt like wax
before the Lord of all the earth.
6The heavens declare your righteousness, O Lord,
and all the peoples see your glory.
7Confounded be all who worship carved images and delight in false gods!
Bow down before the Lord, all you gods.
8Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice,
because of your judgments, O Lord.
9For you are the Lord, most high over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.
10You who love the Lord, hate evil!
God guards the lives of the saints and rescues them from the hand of the wicked.
11Light dawns for the righteous,
and joy for the honest of heart.
12Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous,
and give thanks to God’s holy name.
Second Reading – Titus 3:4-7
God saves us not because of what we do. Rather, God is a God of mercy and salvation who graciously cleanses us in baptism and renews our lives through the Holy Spirit.
4When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. 6This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Gospel – Luke 2:1-20
The world’s deep night is shattered by the light of God’s new day. The glory of God is revealed to poor shepherds, who share the good news with others.
The holy gospel according to Luke.
Glory to you, O Lord.
1In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
8In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
MESSAGE – Pastor Lance Isaacson
Hymn of the Day – Away in a Manger (ELW 277)
1) Away in a manger, no crib for his bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head;
the stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.
2) The cattle are lowing; the baby awakes,
but little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.
I love you, Lord Jesus; look down from the sky
and stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.
3) Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay
close by me forever and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in your tender care
and fit us for heaven, to live with you there.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Prayers of Intercession
Joining our voices with the heavenly host and Christians throughout time and space, let us pray for the church, the world, and all in need.
A brief silence.
Your Spirit calls your church to rejoice in Christ’s birth. As we gather at the manger, help us see your face in all babies needing comfort and care. Equip the church in the nurture and encouragement of all children. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
The rocks and streams proclaim your praise. Attune us to the joyful sounds and groaning of your creation. Stir us to tend the earth wisely, that the whole earth may dwell in abundance and peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Your messengers declare your joy to the world. Embolden leaders and nations to make your justice and peace known throughout the earth. Uphold justice advocates and social service providers who risk their safety to help others (especially) missionary Andrew Ball in Tel Aviv, Israel; and these members and friends: Steven Henderson; Kevin, Elyse, Bryleigh & Jaceson Holm; Ryan, Chelsea, Gabe & Ellie Honnette; Mary Hunt; Dennis & Donna Hunwardsen. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
You choose those regarded as lowly to tell the good news of your love. Pour out your mercy and care on all who are sick, grieving, struggling, and the elderly who live alone (especially) Julie Gee, Rodney VonOhlen, 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. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
You abide with your people in times of trouble. Accompany families and children who have nowhere to turn. Strengthen this congregation and local ministries in their care for those fleeing danger, abuse, or neglect. 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.
Your grace and mercy extend to all. Give comfort to those who mourn, and assure them of the peace you have granted those who have gone before us (especially). Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Rejoicing in your Word made flesh among us, we commend these prayers to you, confident of your grace and love made known to us in Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
Let us pray. Good and loving God, we rejoice in the birth of Jesus, who came among the poor to bring the riches of your grace. As you have blessed us with your gifts, let them be blessing for others. With the trees of the field, with all earth and heaven, we shout for joy at the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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.
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. 155)
Let us pray. Radiant God, with our eyes we have seen your salvation, and in this meal we have feasted on your grace. May your Word take flesh in us, that we may be your holy people, revealing your glory made known to us in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
A CELEBRATION OF LIGHT
(A tray of candles is located under one end chair of most rows. Please pass them down the row. Individual candles are lighted now. Tip only unlit candles to receive the flame. Keep lighted candles straight to avoid dripping wax.)
Song – Silent Night, Holy Night! (ELW 281)
1) Silent night, holy night! All is calm, all is bright
round yon virgin mother and child. Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.
2) Silent night, holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight;
glories stream from heaven afar, heav’nly hosts sing, alleluia!
Christ, the Savior, is born! Christ, the Savior, is born!
3) Silent night, holy night! Son of God, love’s pure light
radiant beams from your holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at your birth,Jesus, Lord, at your birth.
(Extinguish candles & pass the trays to put them away.)
Blessing & DISMISSAL
Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. Amen
Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
CHIMES & POSTLUDE
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SUN, 12-26: 8:30 am Worship Service of Nine Lessons & Carols (Broadcast on KKOJ 1190 AM) led by Pam Tracey
9:45 am Adult Study – Parlor (led by Dave Hansen – studying the
Bible readings for the day)
TUES, 12-28: 8 am Women’s Study – Fellowship Hall
THURS, 12-30: 8 am Men’s Study – Parlor
SAT, 1-1: 5 pm Holy Communion Worship Service led by Pastor
SUN, 1-2: 8:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (Broadcast on KKOJ 1190AM) led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson
9:45 am Adult Study – Parlor (led by Dave Hansen – studying the
Bible readings for the day)
WE REMEMBER IN PRAYER
Special: Julie Gee, Rodney VonOhlen, 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: Andrew Ball in Tel Aviv, Israel
Members and friends: Steven Henderson; Kevin, Elyse, Bryleigh & Jaceson Holm; Ryan, Chelsea, Gabe & Ellie Honnette; Mary Hunt; Dennis & Donna Hunwardsen
Other: Military, Pastor Nancy Isaacson, Pastor Lance Isaacson, Our Savior’s Church Council & Call Committee
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.)
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)
Pam Tracey – 507-847-3132 (home)
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!
NEED HELP with soundboard operators and projectionists – please call the church office and volunteer to be on the schedule. Thanks!
COPIES of the booklet “Baptized, We Live” (suggested by Pastor Norby at the congregation forum in November) are available on the concourse table – Please take and read and then return for someone else to read.
CONTRIBUTIONS for 2021 MUST be made by December 31 for credit. Please leave in offering plate at worship services or mail to the church office.
TECHNOLOGY PROJECT UPDATE – New camera and mixer have been installed. $34,000 has been raised of the $55,000 project. Thanks for your donations! Please consider making a gift or another gift to this project – just note “Technology Project” on your check and/or envelope.
PASTOR STEVE DEKOK will be departing from Jackson at the end of the year 2021. As Pastor Steve has served this community for over a decade and had a great impact on many lives, community members have put together a farewell gathering on Thursday, December 30 from 4-6 p.m. at The Coffee Nest. This is open to everyone.
LSS MEALS is offering healthy meals at a pop-up event, Wednesday, 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.
POINSETTIAS ARE GIVEN:
In loving memory of Duane & Buda Larson by Terry & Nancy Helmers and family.
In loving memory of Vernon & Mark Beseke by Joyce Beseke.
In loving memory of son, Kent Larson by Lee & Maren Larson.
In loving memory of parents, William & Mary Gilbert by Michael & Bridget Kolander Gilbert.
In loving memory of father, Rodney L. Kolander by Michael & Bridget Kolander Gilbert.
In loving memory of Mier & Marian Chozen by Brent & Terry Chozen; Shelly & Dan Condon family; and Blair Chozen.
In loving memory of Keith & Velma Bush and Robin Anderson by Gary & Gayl Berkner.
In loving memory of Leland Fransen by Evie Fransen and family.
In loving memory of Lisa Koehler (Jan’s sister) by Steve & Jan Fransen.
In loving memory of Verna Polz by Dave Polz.
In loving memory of Teresa Polz by Dave Polz.
In loving memory of Teresa Polz by Joshua, Kara, Braylan & Ryker Polz.
In loving memory of Mary Ann Werner by Joshua, Kara, Braylan & Ryker Polz.
In loving memory of Milt & Ruth Edlin by their grandchildren.
In loving memory of Kirstin Hansen by her godmother, Mary Lou Rabe.
Acolytes Grant Ambrose
Communion Maren Larson (No communion)
Greeters William Rolfson
Scripture Reader Maren Larson Jean Pike
Ushers Earl & Karen Flatgard
Radio Announcer Sharon Anderson
Projectionist Jean Pike
Organist Melynda Tracey Melynda Tracey