Order of Worship
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Baptism of our Lord
Introduction to the day
Today’s festival rejoices in God’s blessings. We recall and celebrate our adoption as God’s children, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the promised company of almighty God when we “pass through the waters . . . the rivers . . . fire.” On this day the heavens open again for this assembly, and we receive the gift of God’s Beloved, Jesus, in bread and wine.
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Gathering Song – Brightest and Best of the Stars
(ELW 303, v. 1-3)
1) Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,
dawn on our darkness and lend us your aid.
Star of the east, the horizon adorning,
guide where our infant redeemer is laid.
2) Cold on his cradle the dewdrops are shining;
low lies his head with the beasts of the stall;
angels adore him in slumber reclining,
maker and monarch and savior of all.
3) What shall we give him, in costly devotion?
Shall we bring incense and off’rings divine,
gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,
myrrh from the forest or gold from the mine?
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 God, you anointed Jesus at his baptism with the Holy Spirit and revealed him as your beloved Son. Keep all who are born of water and the Spirit faithful in your service, that we may rejoice to be called children of God, 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 – Isaiah 43:1-7
Near the end of Israel’s exile in Babylon, God promises to bring the people home. They need no longer be afraid, because the one who formed, created, and called them by name now redeems them from all their enemies. God declares them precious and honored, and God loves them.
1But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
3For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you.
4Because you are precious in my sight,
and honored, and I love you,
I give people in return for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
5Do not fear, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you;
6I will say to the north, “Give them up,”
and to the south, “Do not withhold;
bring my sons from far away
and my daughters from the end of the earth—
7everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
1Ascribe to the Lord, you gods,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2Ascribe to the Lord the glory due God’s name;
worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
3The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders;
the Lord is upon the mighty waters.
4The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice;
the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendor.
5The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
6the Lord makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
7The voice of the Lord
bursts forth in lightning flashes.
8The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe and strips the forests bare.
And in the temple of the Lord all are crying, “Glory!”
10The Lord sits enthroned above the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king forevermore.
11O Lord, give strength to your people;
give them, O Lord, the blessings of peace.
BIBLE READING – Acts 8:14-17
Peter and John are sent to support the new Christians in Samaria, a group that was recently baptized after hearing the good news of Christ through the preaching of Philip. Here the Samaritans receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in the laying on of hands.
14Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit 16(for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). 17Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
Gospel – Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
The reading opens with questions about the identity of the Messiah. John the Baptist insists that he is not the Messiah; instead he points ahead to one who is coming. And whether the voice of God was heard by all or only by Jesus, God settles the matter: Jesus is God’s beloved Son.
The Holy Gospel according to Luke, the 3rd chapter.
Glory to you, O Lord.
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.”
21Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
MESSAGE – Pastor Lance Isaacson
HYMN OF THE DAY – Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
1) Songs of thankfulness and praise, Jesus, Lord, to thee we raise;
manifested by the star to the sages from afar,
branch of royal David’s stem in thy birth at Bethlehem:
anthems be to thee addressed, God in flesh made manifest.
2) Manifest at Jordan’s stream, prophet, priest, and king supreme;
and at Cana wedding guest in thy Godhead manifest;
manifest in pow’r divine, changing water into wine;
anthems be to thee addressed, God in flesh made manifest.
3) Manifest in making whole weakened body, fainting soul;
manifest in valiant fight, quelling all the devil’s might;
manifest in gracious will, ever bringing good from ill:
anthems be to thee addressed, God in flesh made manifest.
4) Grant us grace to see thee, Lord, present in thy holy word;
grace to imitate thee now and be pure, as pure art thou;
that we might become like thee at thy great epiphany,
and may praise thee, ever blest, God in flesh made manifest.
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.
By the Holy Spirit, you gather your church and send it out in mission to share the good news of Jesus. Inspire your faithful people to be fervent in prayer and service, that all people know they are precious in God’s sight. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
You reveal your love and power through water and the Spirit. Guard rivers, seas, and all bodies of water from destruction and pollution. Secure access to clean water for all, and protect the land from drought and flood. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Establish among the nations the blessings of peace. Raise up leaders who will protect vulnerable people in their care. Strengthen advocates who risk reputation or retaliation for the sake of mercy and justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
You protect us through the fires and troubled waters of this life. Assure us that we will not be cut off from you by illness or despair, anxiety or pain, confusion or weakness. Comfort all who are in need (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.
We are joined in baptism to Christ and to one another. Bless those who are newly baptized and those who are preparing for baptism. Help us to be faithful in fellowship, worship, evangelism, service, and justice-seeking. We pray for our missionaries Paul & Laura Lere based in South Dakota and these members and friends: Gregory Hunt & Halle; Josh, Katelyn & Sophia Hunt; Blaise, Dustene, Gavin & Harper Jacobsen; Nathan & Lori Jacobsen. 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.
You created each of your saints for your glory. We give thanks for those you have called by name into your eternal embrace (especially). Comfort us in grief and release us from fear. 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 –
Dismissal (WOV p. 53)
Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
CHIMES & POSTLUDE
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Sun., 1-9: 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)
5 pm Church Council Meeting
Tues.,1-11: 8 am Women’s Study – Parlor
Wed., 1-12: 11:30 am Ministerial Meeting at Methodist Church
2 pm Missionary Prayer Group – Pines
2:45 pm Grade 8 Confirmation Class
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., 1-13: 8 am Men’s Study – Parlor
Sat., 1-15: 5 pm Holy Communion Worship Service led by Pastor
Sun., 1-16: 8:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (Broadcast on
KKOJ 1190 AM) led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson
9:45 am Adult Class – Parlor
Mon., 1-17: 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 in South Dakota
Members and friends: Gregory Hunt & Halle; Josh, Katelyn & Sophia Hunt; Blaise, Dustene, Gavin & Harper Jacobsen; Nathan & Lori Jacobsen
Other: Military, Pastor Nancy Isaacson, Pastor Lance Isaacson, Our Savior’s Church Council & Call Committee
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)
Pastor Lance Isaacson – 507-847-3238 (home)
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.).
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 HELP with soundboard operators and projectionists – please call the church office and volunteer to be on the schedule. Thanks!
SOUP & CHILI DINNER, Sunday, January 23 from 10:30-12:30 at the Jackson American Legion. Free-will offering for Jackson Food Shelf, Jackson Ministerial Association and Lutheran Hour Ministries. Sponsored by Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
INFORMATIONAL CONGREGATION FORUM, Sunday, January 23 at 9:30 a.m. presented by Church Council Members.
ANNUAL MEETING – Sunday, February 6 at 9:30 a.m.
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.
Acolytes Gage Johnson Aydan Pietrowski
Greeters Rick & Eva Fransen
Scripture Readers Pam Tracey Carrie Dose
Ushers Sharon Anderson Ted & Carrie Dose
Radio Announcer Dave Hansen
Soundboard NEED VOLUNTEERS – – – – – – –
Projectionist Wayne Christopher Jeff Johnson
Organist Melynda Tracey Melynda Tracey