Saturday August 28th – 5 pm with Pastor Lance Isaacson

Worship – Saturday, August 28, 2021

14th Sunday after Pentecost

          Jesus protests against human customs being given the weight of divine law, while the essence of God’s law is ignored.  True uncleanness comes not from external things, but from the intentions of the human heart.  Last week Jesus told us “the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63).  Now James says God has given us birth by the word of truth.  We who were washed in the word when we were born in the font return to it every week to ask God to create in us clean hearts.

PRELUDE

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Gathering Song – Amazing Grace (ELW 779)

  1. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.

  • ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,

And grace my fears relieved;

How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!

  • Through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come;

‘tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.

4) The Lord has promised good to me; His word my hope recures;

He will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.

5) When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun,

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.

Greeting (WOV p. 46)

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.

You are the treasured people of the Lord,

a people holy to the Lord our God.

Keep the words of the Lord in your heart; teach them to your children.

Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.

One does not live by bread alone,

but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

Prayer of the Day (WOV p. 47)

The Lord be with you.  And also with you.

Let us pray.   O God our strength, without you we are weak and wayward creatures. Protect us from all dangers that attack us from the outside, and cleanse us from all evil that arises from within ourselves, that we may be preserved through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM

          Apostles’ Creed

Do you believe in God the Father?

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

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.  He was conceived by the 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.

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

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

          Welcome

We welcome you into the Lord’s family.  We receive you as a fellow member of the body of Christ, a child of the same heavenly Father, and a worker with us in the kingdom of God. 

First Lesson – Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9

The Israelites believed the law was a divine gift that provided guidelines for living out the covenant. Moses commands the people to obey the law and to neither add to nor subtract from it. The Israelites are also to teach the law to their children and their children’s children.

1So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 2You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you.
6You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!” 7For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? 8And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today?
9But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children.

Psalm 15

1Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle?
  Who may abide upon your holy hill?
2Those who lead a blameless life and do what is right,
  who speak the truth from their heart;
3they do not slander with the tongue, they do no evil to their friends;
  they do not cast discredit upon a neighbor.
4In their sight the wicked are rejected, but they honor those who  fear the Lord.
  They have sworn upon their health and do not take back their word.
5They do not give their money in hope of gain, nor do they take bribes against the innocent.
  Those who do these things shall never be overthrown. 

Second Lesson – James 1:17-27

The letter of James was intended to provide first-century Christians with instruction in godly behavior. Here Christians are encouraged to listen carefully and to act on what they hear, especially by caring for those least able to care for themselves.

17Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
19You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. 21Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.
22But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. 23For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; 24for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. 25But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.
26If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. 27Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Gospel – Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Mark’s gospel depicts Jesus as challenging traditional ways in which religious people determine what is pure or impure. For Jesus, the observance of religious practices cannot become a substitute for godly words or deeds that spring from a faithful heart.

The Holy Gospel according to Mark, the seventh chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.

1Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around [Jesus], 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; 4and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) 5So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,
 ‘This people honors me with their lips,
  but their hearts are far from me;
7in vain do they worship me,
  teaching human precepts as doctrines.’
8You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”
14Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”
21For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, 22adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. 23All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

MESSAGE – Pastor Lance Isaacson

HYMN OF THE DAY –

Response to the Word (WOV p. 49)

Build yourselves up on your most holy faith;

pray in the Holy Spirit.

Keep yourselves in the love of God;

look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:

Everything old has passed away; behold, everything has become new!

God has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

Therefore, let us be reconciled to God and to one another.

Gracious God,

have mercy on us. In your compassion forgive us our sins,

known and unknown, things done and left undone.

Uphold us by your Spirit so that we may live and serve you in newness of life,

to the honor and glory of your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Almighty God have mercy on you,

forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ,

strengthen you in all goodness,

and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.

Amen

Peace (WOV p. 50)

Sisters and brothers, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace.

The peace of the Lord be with you always.

And also with you.

SHARING THE PEACE

Peace be with you.

Offering 

Offertory (WOV p. 50)

Let us pray.  God, our Creator,

you open wide your hand and satisfy the desire of every living creature. With these gifts we bless you for your tender nurture and care. Help us to delight in your will and walk in your ways, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayers of intercession

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

We pray for the church, that it is a safe haven for all who seek your presence. Fill it with pastors, deacons, and leaders who echo your expansive and generous welcome. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the whole of creation, that plants and animals have the habitat and resources to thrive and flourish. Inspire us to protect threatened habitats and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for individuals in positions of authority (national and local leaders may be named). Raise up wise and discerning leaders in federal, state, and local governments and guide them to seek the benefit of every person. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all who are in need. Support and encourage those who are unemployed, underemployed, or experiencing poverty. Bring food, shelter, clothes, and stability for daily life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for this congregation, especially those beginning a new school year (students, teachers, or others may be named here). Empower teachers and school administrators. Guide students in their learning and development. Accompany parents, foster parents, and caregivers who provide encouragement and love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all those in need of healing, especially Vickie Tusa, Maly Phaly, Allan Bratrud, Sharon Copley, 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.

We pray for our missionaries, especially Doug & Barb Petersen.  We also lift up these members and friends of Our Savior’s: Tony & Sara Dvorak; Eric Edlin & Heidi Farrell, Kendall, Nathan & Chase; Debra Eidem; Lance & Jodi Edlin; Curtis Endreson & Riley.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.   

We give thanks for the faithful departed who showed us how to honor God with our heart. Inspire us by their example and renew our faith, trusting that we will be united with them in glory. 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.

Lord’s Prayer (WOV p. 52)

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 (WOV p. 53)

Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.  Amen

Sending Song – Children of the Heavenly Father  (ELW 781)

1) Children of the heav’nly Father safely in his bosom gather;
nestling bird nor star in heavensuch a refuge e’er was given.

2) God his own doth tend and nourish, in his holy courts they flourish.
From all evil things he spares them, in his mighty arms he bears them.

3) Neither life nor death shall ever from the Lord his children sever;
unto them his grace he showeth, and their sorrows all he knoweth.

4) Though he giveth or he taketh, God his children ne’er forsaketh;
his the loving purpose solely to preserve them pure and holy.

Dismissal (WOV p. 53)

Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

CHIMES & POSTLUDE

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sun., 8-29:  8:30 am Worship Service (Broadcast on KKOJ 1190 AM)

led by Pastor Jackie Ziemer

Tues., 8-31:  8 am Women’s Study – Fellowship Hall

Thurs., 9-2:  8 am Men’s Study – Benson’s Cabin, 1320 Springfield

Pkwy.

Sat., 9-4:  5 pm Holy Communion Worship Service led by Pastor Lance

Isaacson

Sun., 9-5:  8:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (Broadcast on

KKOJ 1190 AM) led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson

Mon., 9-6:  CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED

WE REMEMBER IN PRAYER

Special:  Vickie Tusa, Maly Phaly, Allan Bratrud, Sharon Copley, Ruth Plackner, Rachel Grunst, Jamison Nestegard, Alice Michelson, Karen Grunst, Steven Hansen, and all those we name in our hearts before you. 

Missionaries:  Doug & Barb Petersen

Members and friends:  Tony & Sara Dvorak; Eric Edlin & Heidi Farrell, Kendall, Nathan & Chase; Debra Eidem; Lance & Jodi Edlin; Curtis Endreson & Riley.

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

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

     WE REJOICE IN THE BAPTISM (Saturday) of Adley James Fransen, daughter of Tim & Molly Fransen.  Sponsors are Kyle & Carrie Hurley, Ethan & Kelsey Fehr, and Traci Fransen.

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)

     FAMILY PICNIC & benefit for Jay Stammer – Sunday, August 29, 5-7 pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Lakefield.  Sweet corn feed with brats and hamburgers, bouncy house, shave ice, games for kids & live Christian music.  Free-will donation for Jay to help with medical expenses. Bring your own lawn chairs. 

AUGUST needs for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes – SCHOOL SUPPLIES – place in box provided in concourse area.  School supplies will also be collected in September.  Thanks for your donations!

In Christ, you have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.

We believe in him and are marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit.

Living together in trust and hope, we confess our faith.

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 the 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