Saturday December 11th at 5pm led by Pastor Lance Isaacson

Order of Worship

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Third Weekend in Advent

Introduction to the day 

Christ’s presence in our midst in the wonder of the holy supper is cause for singing. The nearness of the God in prayer, in every circumstance, is cause for rejoicing. The coming of one “more powerful” than John, even with a winnowing fork in hand, is good news—and cause for exultation—for us who are being saved. Great joy is the tone for the third Sunday of Advent.

PRELUDE

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE ADVENT WREATH

We praise you, O God, for this light-bearing wreath that marks our days of preparation for Christ’s advent.  As we light the candles on this wreath, strengthen our hearts as we await the Lord’s coming in glory.  Enlighten us with your grace, that we may serve our neighbors in need.  Grant this through Christ our Lord, whose coming is certain and whose day draws near.  Amen.  (acolyte lights 3 blue candles)
         

Gathering Song – Hark, the Glad Sound! (ELW 239)

1) Hark, the glad sound! The Savior comes, the Savior promised long;
let ev’ry heart prepare a throne and ev’ry voice a song.

2) He comes the pris’ners to release, in Satan’s bondage held.
The gates of brass before him burst, the iron fetters yield.

3) He comes the broken heart to bind, the bleeding soul to cure,
and with the treasures of his grace to enrich the humble poor.

4) Our glad hosannas, Prince of peace, your welcome shall proclaim,
and heav’n’s eternal arches ring with your beloved name.

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.  Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the preaching of John, that, rejoicing in your salvation, we may bring forth the fruits of repentance; 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 – Zephaniah 3:14-20

The prophet Zephaniah’s message is mostly one of judgment for sin. This reading, however, which comes from the conclusion of the book, prophesies joy for Judah and Jerusalem. Judgment has led to repentance, and God’s salvation is at hand.

14Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;
  shout, O Israel!
 Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
  O daughter Jerusalem!
15The Lord has taken away the judgments against you,
  he has turned away your enemies.
 The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
  you shall fear disaster no more.
16On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
 Do not fear, O Zion;
  do not let your hands grow weak.
17The Lord, your God, is in your midst,
  a warrior who gives victory;
 he will rejoice over you with gladness,
  he will renew you in his love;
 he will exult over you with loud singing
  18as on a day of festival.
 I will remove disaster from you,
  so that you will not bear reproach for it.
19I will deal with all your oppressors
  at that time.
 And I will save the lame
  and gather the outcast,
 and I will change their shame into praise
  and renown in all the earth.
20At that time I will bring you home,
  at the time when I gather you;
 for I will make you renowned and praised
  among all the peoples of the earth,
 when I restore your fortunes
  before your eyes, says the Lord.

Psalm – Isaiah 12:2-6

2Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid,
  for the Lord God is my strength and my might, and has become my salvation.
3With joy you will draw water
  from the wells of salvation. 
4And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the Lord, call on God’s name;
  make known the deeds of the Lord among the nations; proclaim that this name is exalted.
5Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
  let this be known in all the earth.
6Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion,
  for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. 

BIBLE READING – Philippians 4:4-7

Despite being in prison, Paul is remarkably upbeat as he writes this letter. Here, he urges his friends in Philippi to trust God with all their worries and concerns with the hope that they will experience God’s joy and peace.

4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Gospel – Luke 3:7-18

John the Baptist heralds the mighty one who is coming. John teaches that preparation for God’s reign is not a matter of identity but of bearing fruits of merciful justice, radical generosity, and vocational integrity.

The Holy Gospel according to Luke, the 3rd chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.

7John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 9Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
10And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” 11In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” 12Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” 14Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”
15As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
18So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

MESSAGE – Pastor Lance Isaacson

HYMN OF THE DAY – Comfort, Comfort Now My People (ELW 256)

1) “Comfort, comfort now my people; tell of peace!” So says our God.
Comfort those who sit in darkness mourning under sorrow’s load.
To God’s people now proclaim that God’s pardon waits for them!
Tell them that their war is over; God will reign in peace forever.

2) For the herald’s voice is crying in the desert far and near,
calling us to true repentance, since the reign of God is here.
Oh, that warning cry obey! Now prepare for God a way.
Valleys, rise to greet the Savior; hills, bow down in humble favor.

3) Straight shall be what long was crooked, and the rougher places plain.
Let your hearts be true and humble, as befits God’s holy reign.
For the glory of the Lord now on earth is shed abroad,
and all flesh shall see the token that God’s word is never broken.

Response to the Word (WOV p. 49)

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

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 PRAYER (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

The Prayers

In this season of watching and waiting, let us pray for all people and places that yearn for God’s presence.

A brief silence.

Holy God, renew your church and raise up leaders who announce your good news. Grant peace to congregations and seminarians in the midst of transition. Guide the work of candidacy and call committees.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creating God, your Spirit brought forth the earth and all that is in it. Breathe life into us, that we are inspired to live in harmony with one another and the planet. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Shepherding God, you lead your people in paths of righteousness. Raise up prophets in our own day who warn against captivity to greed and point us to the freedom found in generosity. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Nurturing God, you come near in times of worry and need. Cradle us in your arms, that we trust you and are not afraid. Attend to any who are hungry, imprisoned, or ill this day (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.

God of good news, we pray for missionaries Paul & Laura Lere based out of South Dakota and these members and friends:  David & Ruth Hansen; Eric Hansen; Steven Hansen; Nathan, Kristin,m Peyton, Erica & Alexa Hanson; Wanda Heckman.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Rejoicing God, you exult over us in singing. Enliven the song of this assembly and bless the ministry of church musicians (especially). With instruments and dance, join our voices to the song of all creation.  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.

We give you thanks for your servants who showed us your goodness and grace (especially). By the power of your Spirit, keep us steadfast in faith until we make our home with you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of new life, you come among us in the places we least expect. Receive these prayers and those of our hearts, in the name of Jesus.

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 – Little Drummer Boy (African Tribal Version)

Dismissal (WOV p. 53)

Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

CHIMES & POSTLUDE

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sun., 12-12:  8:30 am Worship Service (Broadcast on KKOJ 1190 AM)

  • led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson

     9:45 am Adult Study – Parlor (led by Dave Hansen – studying the

Bible readings for the day)

Mon., 12-13:  5:15 pm Church Council Meeting

Tues.,12-14:  8 am Women’s Study – Parlor

Wed., 12-15:  5:30 pm Advent Worship

     6 pm Meal served by Hand Bell Choir (free-will offering)

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

Education Building (behind Casey’s)

Thurs., 12-16:  8 am Men’s Study – Parlor

Sat., 12-18:  5 pm Holy Communion Worship Service led by Pastor

Lance Isaacson

Sun., 12-19:  8:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (Broadcast on

KKOJ 1190 AM) led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson

    9:45 am Adult Class – Parlor

Mon., 12-20:  10 am Workshop – Fellowship Hall

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:  Paul & Laura Lere based out of South Dakota

Members and friends:  David & Ruth Hansen; Eric Hansen; Steven Hansen; Nathan, Kristin,m Peyton, Erica & Alexa Hanson; Wanda Heckman.

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

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

RADIO BROADCAST on Sunday is in loving memory of Russell Fransen given by memorials.

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)

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, 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.

THERE WILL NOT be a lutefisk supper here at Our Savior’s in January.   

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!

LOOKING for members for the Youth & Family Ministry Team – please contact Holly Reipke or the church office if you would like to help. 

NEED HELP with soundboard operators and projectionists – please call the church office and volunteer to be on the schedule.  Thanks!

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.

FINANCIAL NEEDS – Current Fund income is running $16,000 behind expenses as of Dec. 1 – Your contributions from now until the end of the year will be greatly appreciated!

OFFERINGS for the Missionary Sponsorship Fund can be made using the envelopes provided on the concourse table or noting on your check.

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. 

CHANGE IN SCHEDULE

Saturday, December 25 –

There WILL be a worship service at 5 p.m. with Holy Communion.

Need acolytes, communion helpers, ushers, readers, projectionist – Please call or email the church office if you are able to help!  Thanks!

POINSETTIAS ARE GIVEN:

          In memory of Duane & Buda Larson by Terry & Nancy Helmers and family.

          In memory of Vernon & Mark Beseke by Joyce Beseke.

          In memory of our son, Kent Larson by Lee & Maren Larson.

          In memory of our parents, William & Mary Gilbert by Michael & Bridget Kolander Gilbert.

          In memory of father, Rodney L. Kolander by Michael & Bridget Kolander Gilbert. 

          In memory of Mier & Marian Chozen by Brent & Terry Chozen; Shelly & Dan Condon family; and Blair Chozen.

          In memory of Keith & Velma Bush and Robin Anderson by Gary & Gayl Berkner.

          In memory of Leland Fransen by Evie Fransen and family.

          In memory of Lisa Koehler (Jan’s sister) by Steve & Jan Fransen.

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS

                             Saturday                       Sunday               

Acolytes               Baylee Pietrowski           Carver Lais

                                                                   Kasey Storm        

Greeters                Marilyn Matejka             Sawyer Flatgard

Scripture Readers  Rosie Mix                       Ruth Hansen

Ushers                  Al Showman                  Dave & Ruth Hansen

Radio Announcer                                        Dave Hansen

Soundboard             NEED VOLUNTEERS – – – – – – –

Projectionist          Jean Pike                        Jeff Johnson

Organist               Melynda Tracey             Melynda Tracey