CONFIRMATION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31ST – 8:00 AM LED BY PASTOR NANCY ISAACSON

Order of Worship

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Reformation Weekend / Affirmation of Baptism

INTRODUCTION TO THE DAY

Rooted in the past and growing into the future, the church must always be reformed in order to live out the love of Christ in an ever-changing world. We celebrate the good news of God’s grace, that Jesus Christ sets us free every day to do this life-transforming work. Trusting in the freedom given to us in baptism, we pray for the church, that Christians will unite more fully in worship and mission.

PRELUDE 

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

Silence is kept 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.

Gathering Song – A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (ELW 504)

1) A mighty fortress is our God, a sword and shield victorious;
he breaks the cruel oppressor’s rod and wins salvation glorious.
The old satanic foe has sworn to work us woe!
With craft and dreadful might he arms himself to fight.
On earth he has no equal.

2) No strength of ours can match his might! We would be lost, rejected.
But now a champion comes to fight, whom God himself elected.
You ask who this may be? The Lord of hosts is he!
Christ Jesus, mighty Lord, God’s only Son, adored.
He holds the field victorious.

3) Though hordes of devils fill the land all threat’ning to devour us,
we tremble not, unmoved we stand; they cannot overpow’r us.
Let this world’s tyrant rage; in battle we’ll engage!
His might is doomed to fail; God’s judgment must prevail!
One little word subdues him.

4) God’s Word forever shall abide, no thanks to foes, who fear it;
for God himself fights by our side with weapons of the Spirit.
Were they to take our house, goods, honor, child, or spouse,
through life be wrenched away, they cannot win the day.
The kingdom’s ours forever

Greeting (ELW p. 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.

Prayer of the Day 

Let us pray.  Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, 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 Jeremiah 31:31-34

The renewed covenant will not be breakable, but like the old covenant it will expect the people to live upright lives. To know the Lord means that one will defend the cause of the poor and needy (Jer. 22:16). The renewed covenant is possible only because the Lord will forgive iniquity and not remember sin. Our hope lies in a God who forgets.

31The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

Psalm 46

1God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved,
and though the mountains shake in the depths of the sea;
3though its waters rage and foam,
and though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be shaken;
God shall help it at the break of day.
6The nations rage, and the kingdoms shake;
God speaks, and the earth melts away. 
7The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
8Come now, regard the works of the Lord,
what desolations God has brought upon the earth;
9behold the one who makes war to cease in all the world;
who breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, and burns the shields with fire.
10“Be still, then, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.”
11The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold. 

BIBLE Reading – Romans 3:19-28

Paul’s words stand at the heart of the preaching of Martin Luther and other Reformation leaders. No human beings make themselves right with God through works of the law. We are brought into a right relationship with God through the divine activity centered in Christ’s death. This act is a gift of grace that liberates us from sin and empowers our faith in Jesus Christ.

19Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20For “no human being will be justified in his sight” by deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.
21But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; 26it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus.
27Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.

Gospel Acclamation (ELW p. 151)

Alleluia, Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.  Alleluia.

Gospel – John 8:31-36

Jesus speaks of truth and freedom as spiritual realities known through his word. He reveals the truth that sets people free from sin.

The Holy Gospel according to John, the 8th chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.

31Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”
34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

MESSAGE –  Pastor Nancy Isaacson 

Hymn of the Day – In Christ Alone (Lauren Haigle)

AFFIRMATION OF BAPTISM

Prayers OF INTERCESSION

Set free from sin and death and nourished by the word of truth, we join in prayer for all of God’s creation.

A brief silence.

We pray for all who long for a word of truth and for the radical grace that flows from the cross. Inspire congregations to freely and boldly proclaim your love for all people with persistence and hope. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for your creation, for mountains, rivers, streams, cities, homesteads, and neighborhoods. Write in our hearts a new love and care for creation. Give us the will to curb wasteful habits and to hold accountable those who neglect the vulnerable. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all who aspire to public office and for all who will vote on Tuesday at local polling places (especially). Pour wisdom and understanding upon all who govern so that communities of justice and peace may thrive. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all who long for healing in mind, body, or spirit (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 you.  Strengthen hospitals, clinics, counseling centers, nursing homes, and recovery centers to be holy spaces of renewal that all might live the abundant life you intend. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all who seek to grow in faith and love of you. Guide teaching and learning in confirmation, small groups, Sunday school, youth groups, schools, seminaries, and universities.   We pray for our missionary Andrew Ball in Tel Aviv, Israel and these members and friends:  Jolene Frederick; Trisha Gaustad, Trevin & Tianna; Amanda Gay; Jeff & Debra Gay; Judith Goede; Lowell Gorden.  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.

We give thanks for all the saints and reformers who have gone before us who dwell in your holy habitation (especially). Give us courage through their example to challenge unjust systems and work toward life-giving reformation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Confident that you hear us, O God, we boldly place our prayers into your hands; through Jesus Christ, our truth and life.  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.

Great Thanksgiving

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.


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.

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 Song – The Church’s One Foundation (ELW 654)

1) The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
she is his new creation by water and the word.
From heav’n he came and sought her to be his holy bride;
with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.

2) Elect from ev’ry nation, yet one o’er all the earth,
her charter of salvation one Lord, one faith, one birth:
one holy name she blesses, partakes one holy food,
and to one hope she presses, with ev’ry grace endued.

3) Though with a scornful wonder this world sees her oppressed,
by schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed,
yet saints their watch are keeping; their cry goes up: “How long?”
And soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.

4) Through toil and tribulation and tumult of her war,
she waits the consummation of peace forevermore;
till with the vision glorious her longing eyes are blest,
and the great church victorious shall be the church at rest.

Dismissal 

Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

CHIMES & POSTLUDE

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sun., 10-31:  8 am Worship Service (Broadcast on KKOJ 1190 AM) –

Affirmation of Baptism & Holy Communion led by Pastor Nancy

Isaacson

Tues.,11-2:  8 am Women’s Study – Fellowship Hall

Wed., 11-3:  2:45-4:15 pm Grade 7 Confirmation Class

     5:15 pm Hand Bell Choir – Centrum

     6:15 pm Kids In Christ’s Kingdom (K.I.C.K.) for 2nd & 3rd Grades

Fellowship Hall

     6:30-8:30 pm Jars of Clay for Grades 6-12 at Sheldon Jackson

Education Building (behind Casey’s)

Thurs., 11-4:  8 am Men’s Study

Sat., 11-6:  5 pm Worship Service led by Pam Tracey

          REMEMBER TO CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS – “FALL BACK”

Sun., 11-7:  8:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (Broadcast on

KKOJ 1190 AM) led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson

WE REMEMBER IN PRAYER

Special:  Mary Halverson, Vickie Tusa, Allan Bratrud, Ruth Plackner, Rachel Grunst, Jamison Nestegard, Alice Michelson, Karen Grunst, Steven Hansen; and sympathy to family & friends of Tom Julian; and all those we name in our hearts before you. 

Missionaries:  Andrew Ball in Tel Aviv, Israel

Members and friends:  Jolene Frederick; Trisha Gaustad, Trevin & Tianna; Amanda Gay; Jeff & Debra Gay; Judith Goede; Lowell Gorden

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

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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)

THESE young people will be affirming their baptism on Sunday: 

Reese Chloe Anderson

          Braeden James Arduser

          Rhilee Jo Daberkow

          Alyssa Lee Earhart

          Jamie Leigh Edlin

          Montana Sue Barrick Gilbert

          Erica Ann Hanson

          Kazia Makana O’Kalani Hassing

          Lauren McKenna Johnson

          Rece William Johnson

          Saige Marie Theobald

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.).

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.

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 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.  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, November 21          Pastor Stephen Norby

                   Following worship at 9:30 am in the Fellowship Hall

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS

                             Saturday                                 Sunday               

Acolytes               Ayden Endreson                      Grant Ambrose

                                                                             Gage Johnson

Communion                                                          Jeremy & Kassie Ambrose

                                                                             Jay & Holly Reipke

                                                                             Maren Larson

                                                                             Ron Anderson

Greeters                Dennis & Barb Erickson           William Rolfson

Scripture Readers  Rosie Mix                                Carrie Dose

Ushers                  Merrill Eggestein                     Ted & Carrie Dose

Radio Announcer                                                  Nancy Edlin

Soundboard                                                          Jan Fransen

Projectionist          Sara Anderson                         Kristy Thurmer

Organist               Melynda Tracey                       Melynda Tracey