Order of Worship
Saturday, January 22, 20229
Fourth Weekend after Epiphany
Introduction to the day
The glory of God is often revealed when and where it is least expected. God uses our lips to declare that glory, inexperienced and hesitant though they may be. God uses our love to demonstrate that glory and so urges us to exercise it. God uses Jesus of Nazareth, water and the word, bread and wine, to reveal God’s glory where and when God chooses. Take heed, lest the glory of God slip through our midst unnoticed.
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Gathering Song – Jesus Loves Me! (ELW 595)
1) Jesus loves me! this I know, for the Bible tells me so;
little ones to him belong, they are weak, but he is strong.
Refrain: Yes, Jesus loves me, yes, Jesus loves me,
yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so.
2) Jesus loves me! he who died heaven’s gates to open wide;
he will wash away my sin, let his little child come in. Refrain
3) Jesus loves me! he will stay close beside me all the way;
when at last I come to die, he will take me home on high. Refrain
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. Almighty and ever-living God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and love; and that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
BIBLE READING – Jeremiah 1:4-10
God calls Jeremiah to be a prophet and consecrates him in the womb. Jeremiah’s task is to preach God’s word amid the difficult political realities of his time, before the Babylonian exile. He is to make God known not only to Judah, but also to the nations.
4Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,
5“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
6Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” 7But the Lord said to me,
“Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’;
for you shall go to all to whom I send you,
and you shall speak whatever I command you.
8Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
says the Lord.”
9Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me,
“Now I have put my words in your mouth.
10See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to pull down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.”
1In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
2In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free;
incline your ear to me and save me.
3Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe;
you are my crag and my stronghold.
4Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor.
5For you are my hope, O Lord God,
my confidence since I was young.
6I have been sustained by you ever since I was born; from my mother’s womb you have been my strength;
my praise shall be always of you.
BIBLE READING – 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Christians in Corinth prided themselves on their spiritual gifts. Paul reminds them that God gives us many gifts through the Holy Spirit, but the purpose behind all of them is love, the kind of love that God showed us in Jesus Christ.
1If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. 9For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
Gospel – Luke 4:21-30
People in Jesus’ hometown are initially pleased when he says that God will free the oppressed. Their pleasure turns to rage when he reminds them that God’s prophetic mission typically pushes beyond human boundaries so that mercy and healing are extended to those regarded as outsiders.
The Holy Gospel according to Luke, the 4th chapter.
Glory to you, O Lord.
21Then [Jesus] began to say to [all in the synagogue in Nazareth,] “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’ ” 24And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. 25But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; 26yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 27There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 28When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. 29They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. 30But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
MESSAGE – Pastor Lance Isaacson
HYMN OF THE DAY – God of Grace and God of Glory (ELW 705)
1) God of grace and God of glory, on your people pour your pow’r;
crown your ancient church’s story; bring its bud to glorious flow’r.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage for the facing of this hour,
for the facing of this hour.
2) Lo! the hosts of evil round us scorn the Christ, assail his ways!
From the fears that long have bound us
free our hearts to faith and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage for the living of these days,
for the living of these days,
3) Cure your children’s warring madness; bend our pride to your control;
shame our wanton, selfish gladness, rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, lest we miss your kingdom’s goal,
let we miss your kingdom’s goal.
4) Save us from weak resignation to the evils we deplore;
let the gift of your salvation be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, serving you whom we adore,
serving you whom we adore.
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.
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 Spirit of the Lord is poured out upon us in abundance; so we are bold to pray for the church, the world, and all that God has made.
A brief silence.
Guide your church in the ways of faith, hope, and love. Cultivate ministries and communities of compassion that bear witness to your enduring presence among us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Teach us to live in humility on the earth. Curb arrogance that leads to destruction of natural resources and disregard for future generations. Inspire the work of scientists who urge us to live in harmony with your creation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
You are the refuge of all who seek hope and freedom. Accompany immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers who cross borders to find safety and opportunity. Embolden leaders to draft compassionate policies on behalf of migrants and those who assist them. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Love bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things. Comfort with your love all who are lonely, fearful, or brokenhearted. Sustain the hope of all those who suffer in body or spirit (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.
Your grace falls upon young and old alike. Bless the gifts of children in this congregation and in this community. Give us humble hearts to follow their leadership. Inspire us with their laughter, their insight, and their curiosity. We prayer for Rev. Enrique Estrada in Monterrey, Mexico; and these members and friends: Dale Jensen; Blaney, Johnson; Darrius Johnson; Diane Johnson; Jeffrey & Tracy Johnson; Samuel Johnson; Sophie Johnson; Steven, Jodi & Cael Johnson; Van & Marcia Johnson. 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 praise you for those who have gone before us and now see you face to face (especially). Abide with us in this mortal life until we rest in the arms of your neverending love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Since we have such great hope in your promises, O God, we lift these and all of our prayers to you in confidence and faith; through Jesus Christ our Savior. 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 – If We’ve Ever Needed You (Casting Crowns)
Dismissal (WOV p. 53)
Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
CHIMES & POSTLUDE
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Sun., 1-30: 8:30 am Worship Service (Broadcast on KKOJ 1190 AM)
- led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson
9:45 am Adult Class – Parlor (Led by Dave Hansen studying today’s
Tues.,2-1: 8 am Women’s Study – Parlor
Wed., 2-2: 2:45 pm Grade 7 Confirmation Class
5:15 pm Lighthouse Children’s Ministry – Fellowship Hall for K-5th
5:15 pm Hand Bell Choir
6:30-8:30 pm Jars of Clay for Grades 6-12 at Sheldon Jackson
Education Building (behind Casey’s)
Thurs., 2-3: 8 am Men’s Study – Parlor
Sat., 2-5: 5 pm Holy Communion Worship Service led by Pastor Lance
Sun., 2-6: 8:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (Broadcast on
KKOJ 1190 AM) led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson
9:30 am ANNUAL MEETING
Mon., 2-7: 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; sympathy to family and friends of Jeff Gay and Burt Joul; and all those we name in our hearts before you.
Missionaries: Rev. Enrique Estrada in Monterrey, Mexico
Members and friends: Dale Jensen; Blaney, Johnson; Darrius Johnson; Diane Johnson; Jeffrey & Tracy Johnson; Samuel Johnson; Sophie Johnson; Steven, Jodi & Cael Johnson; Van & Marcia Johnson
Other: Military, Pastor Nancy Isaacson, Pastor Lance Isaacson, Our Savior’s Church Council & Call Committee
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)
LIGHTHOUSE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY for Kindergarten through 5th Grades will meet on Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. starting on Wed., Feb. 2 in the Fellowship Hall here at Our Savior’s. Sponsored by Belmont, Salem & Our Savior’s Lutheran Churches. Adult volunteers will be needed to help.
ANNUAL MEETING – Sunday, February 6 at 9:30 a.m. with reports, budget approvals and elections.
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.).
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. 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” are available on the concourse table – Please take and read and then return for someone else to read.
ANYONE WHO HAS A “CARD” for access to the handicap door (north side) should turn it in to the church office – updating will be done soon to the door and the present cards will not work after that.
Acolytes Hadley Wachal Carver Lais
Greeters Sharon Anderson Paul & Tami Meium
Scripture Readers Maren Larson Janeen Ruby
Ushers Nate Benson Dave & Ruth Hansen
Radio Announcer Nancy Edlin
Soundboard NEED VOLUNTEERS – – – – – – –
Projectionist Wayne Christopher Sandy Phillips
Organist Melynda Tracey Melynda Tracey