October 17th – 8:30 a.m. led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson

Order of Worship

Sunday, October 17, 2021

21st Weekend after Pentecost


Today’s gospel starts with disciples obsessing over who will be closest to Jesus, leading to Jesus teaching his followers about God’s take on importance and power. Here Jesus makes it explicit that the reversal of values in God’s community is a direct challenge to the values of the dominant culture, where wielding power over others is what makes you great. When we pray “your kingdom come” we are praying for an end to tyranny and oppression. We pray this gathered around the cross, a sign of great shame transformed to be the sign of great honor and service.



Confession and Forgiveness (ELW p. 94)

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


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 – Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven 

(ELW 865, tune LBW 481)

1) Praise, my soul, the King of heaven; to his feet your tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, evermore his praises sing.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise the everlasting King!

2) Praise him for his grace and favor to our forebears in distress.
Praise him, still the same forever, slow to chide and swift to bless.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorious in his faithfulness!

3) Tenderly he shields and spares us; well our feeble frame he knows.
In his hands he gently bears us, rescues us from all our foes.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Widely as his mercy flows.

4) Angels help us to adore him, who behold him face to face.
Sun and moon bow down before him; all who dwell in time and space.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise with us the God of grace.

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.  Sovereign God, you turn your greatness into goodness for all the peoples on earth. Shape us into willing servants of your kingdom, and make us desire always and only your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

BIBLE Reading Isaiah 53:4-12

This reading is from the last of four passages in Isaiah that are often called “servant songs.” Christians are probably most familiar with this servant song. In light of Christian faith, the servant’s healing ministry and redemptive suffering are understood to be fulfilled in the life and death of Christ.

4Surely he has borne our infirmities
  and carried our diseases;
 yet we accounted him stricken,
  struck down by God, and afflicted.
5But he was wounded for our transgressions,
  crushed for our iniquities;
 upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
  and by his bruises we are healed.
6All we like sheep have gone astray;
  we have all turned to our own way,
 and the Lord has laid on him
  the iniquity of us all.

7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
  yet he did not open his mouth;
 like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
  and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
  so he did not open his mouth.
8By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
  Who could have imagined his future?
 For he was cut off from the land of the living,
  stricken for the transgression of my people.
9They made his grave with the wicked
  and his tomb with the rich,
 although he had done no violence,
  and there was no deceit in his mouth.

10Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.
 When you make his life an offering for sin,
  he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
 through him the will of the Lord shall prosper.
  11Out of his anguish he shall see light;
 he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
  The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
  and he shall bear their iniquities.
12Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
  and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
 because he poured out himself to death,
  and was numbered with the transgressors;
 yet he bore the sin of many,
  and made intercession for the transgressors.

Psalm 91:9-16

9Because you have made the Lord your refuge,
  and the Most High your habitation,
10no evil will befall you,
  nor shall affliction come near your dwelling.
11For God will give the angels charge over you,
  to guard you in all your ways.
12Upon their hands they will bear you up,
  lest you strike your foot against a stone. 
13You will tread upon the lion cub and viper;
  you will trample down the lion and the serpent.
14I will deliver those who cling to me;
  I will uphold them, because they know my name.
15They will call me, and I will answer them;
  I will be with them in trouble; I will rescue and honor them.
16With long life will I satisfy them,
  and show them my salvation. 

BIBLE Reading – Hebrews 5:1-10

Using imagery from scripture and from Jewish worship practices, Jesus is presented as the great high priest who was obedient to God’s saving plan. Through his suffering and death he has become the source of eternal salvation.

1Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; 3and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. 4And one does not presume to take this honor, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
5So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,
 “You are my Son,
  today I have begotten you”;
6as he says also in another place,
 “You are a priest forever,
  according to the order of Melchizedek.”
7In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

Gospel Acclamation (ELW p. 151)

Alleluia, Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.  Alleluia.

Gospel – Mark 10:35-45

On the way to Jerusalem the disciples ask Jesus to grant them seats of honor. Jesus responds by announcing that he and his followers will “rule” through self-giving service.

The Holy Gospel according to Mark, the tenth chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.

35James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
41When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

MESSAGE –  Pastor Nancy Isaacson 

Hymn of the Day – Only Jesus (Casting Crowns)

APOSTLES’ Creed (ELW p. 127)

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

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

He was conceived by power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary,

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended into hell.

On the third day he rose again.  He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again 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.


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.

Holy One, for the gift of the church handed down through the ages and for all who carry on the servant ministry of Jesus, we praise you. Send your Holy Spirit upon all who are discerning calls to ministry in its many forms and equip them with your gifts. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We thank you for this time of harvest.  Protect and give strength to all involved in this work.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all who are appointed leaders in communities, states and this country.  Give them true servants’ heart in their work.  Bring justice for all who suffer violence and/or persecution.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

Oh Lord, we ask for your help for all who do the work of healing in mind, body, and spirit.  Surround and comfort all who struggle with depression, anxiety, cancer, diabetes, dementia, or any illness (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, that all may be healed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We give you praise and thanks for inspiring all who volunteer and serve in this congregation.  Strengthen and encourage especially in this time of transition.  Continue to raise up servants in your church family and help them to serve with glad and generous hearts.  We remember Paul & Laura Lere whom we support as missionaries.  And we remember these members & friends:  Samuel Fransen; Sara Fransen; Steven & Janice Fransen; Aric Fullerton; Alex Fullerton; Larry Fullerton; Ruth Ann Garloff; Cody Gettler & Easton; Ronald & Debra Gettler.  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.

God of eternity, we thank you for those who have shaped your church and shared your gospel. We pray for comfort for the family and friends of Audrey Teigen (and Russell Fransen).  Through the witness of your saints, continue to inspire us with hope until we all are gathered at your eternal feast. 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.


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.


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.


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 – Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service (ELW 712)

1) Lord, whose love in humble service bore the weight of human need,
who upon the cross, forsaken, worked your mercy’s perfect deed:
we, your servants, bring the worship not of voice alone, but heart;
consecrating to your purpose ev’ry gift which you impart.

2) Still your children wander homeless; still the hungry cry for bread;
still the captives long for freedom; still in grief we mourn our dead.
As you, Lord, in deep compassion healed the sick and freed the soul,
by your Spirit send your power to our world to make it whole.

3) As we worship, grant us vision, till your love’s revealing light
in its height and depth and greatness dawns upon our quickened sight,
making known the needs and burdens your compassion bids us bear,
stirring us to ardent service, your abundant life to share.

4) Called by worship to your service, forth in your dear name we go,
to the child, the youth, the aged, love in living deeds to show;
hope and health, good will and comfort, counsel, aid and peace we give,
that your servants, Lord, in freedom may your mercy know and live.


Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


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SUN, 10-17:  8:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (Broadcast on

     KKOJ 1190 AM) led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson

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

TUES, 10-19:  8 am Women’s Study – Fellowship Hall

          9 am Library Board

WED, 10-20:  NO Confirmation Class or K.I.C.K.

THURS, 10-21:  8 am Men’s Study – Benson’s Cabin, 1320 Springfield


          2 pm Martha Circle – Parlor

SAT, 10-23:  10:30 am Memorial Service for Russell Fransen

5 pm Worship Service led by Pastor Lance Isaacson

SUN, 10-24:  8:30 am Worship Service (Broadcast on KKOJ 1190 AM)

     led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson with message by Pastor Steve Cook

9:30 am Congregation Forum led by Pastor Steve Cook, SW MN Synod


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 for family and friends of Audrey Teigen. 

Missionaries:  Paul & Laura Lere based out of South Dakota

Members and friends:  Samuel Fransen; Sara Fransen; Steven & Janice Fransen; Aric Fullerton; Alex Fullerton; Larry Fullerton; Ruth Ann Garloff; Cody Gettler & Easton; Ronald & Debra Gettler

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


WE EXTEND our sympathy to the family & friends of Audrey Teigen whose funeral service was held this past Friday here at Our Savior’s. 

          Memorial service for Russell Fransen will be held on Saturday, October 23 at 10:30 a.m. 

CALL COMMITTEE:  Megan Benson (youth rep.), Rick Burud, Corey Christopher (council rep.), Molly Fransen, Dave Hansen, Debi Ringkob, Karen Zoch (council rep.) – Please keep this committee in your prayers as they seek pastor staff for Our Savior’s. 

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 also needed.  Thanks for your donations!

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!

40 DAYS FOR LIFE – September 22-October 31 – Help save lives – protect mothers and children.  Vigil at 821 3rd St. (Autos on 71), 6 am to 6 pm – Contact Holly Nestegard, 841-0633 to sign up for 1-hour slots. (or bradholly2000@yahoo.com

FREE CONCERT on Thursday, October 21 at 7 pm at JCC High School featuring Jason Gray, a Christian singer/songwriter from HOMETOWN.  This is made possible by local churches and community members.  Everyone invited!   (Any questions, contact Holly Nestegard.)

HELP IS NEEDED with youth programming and a Christmas program director.  Contact Holly Reipke or church office.

HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH (76084 460th Ave., Hunter Township, Lakefield) will be hosting their annual Harvest Supper, Sunday, Oct. 17 from 5-7 pm.  Meal is both dine in and carry out.  Meal includes ham, turkey with all the trimmings, and Slovak ethnic food.  Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12, and free for those 4 & under.  Everyone invited!

RUBY’S PANTRY, Monday, October 18, 5:30-7 pm at Regional Worship Center, Sherburn (right across from the Kum & Go gas station).  Drive through – have your trunks ready.  No income guidelines & no residential guidelines.  $20 donation. 

MARY HALVERSON will be turning 100 on October 30, 2021.  There will be NO open house, however cards, emails and video greetings would be very much appreciated.  No gifts please.  Address:  1507 North Highway, Apt. 207, Jackson, MN 56143.  Phone:  507-841-1689

Email:  halversonmary@msn.com   

PLEASE NOTE:  WORSHIP ON SUNDAY, October 31 will be at 8 a.m. – This will be the service of Confirmation/Affirmation of Faith for 12 ninth graders.  (This is only Sunday at 8 am.)

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 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                         Kazia Hassing                Kasey Storm

                                                                             Hadley Wachal

Communion                    Ray & Marcy Hassing    Justin & Betsy Storm

                                      John Hansen                   Kip & Heather Wachal

                                      Jeff Johnson                   Jon Schmidt

                                                                             Ken Kruse

Greeters                          Sharon Anderson            Steve & Jan Fransen

Scripture Reader             Pam Tracey                    Jean Pike

Ushers                            Nate Benson                   Dave & Ruth Hansen

Radio Announcer                                                  Richard Anderson

Soundboard                                                          Steve Fransen

Projectionist                   Mary Boyum                  Steve Fransen

Organist                         Melynda Tracey             Melynda Tracey