Order of Worship
Sunday, December 12, 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 – Hand Bell Choir
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.
Confession and Forgiveness (ELW p. 94)
In the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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.
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 – Blessed Be the God of Israel (ELW 250)
1) Blessed be the God of Israel who comes to set us free
and raises up new hope for us: a Branch from David’s tree.
So have the prophets long declared that with a mighty arm
God would turn back our enemies and all who wish us harm.
2) With promised mercy will God still the covenant recall,
the oath once sworn to Abraham, from foes to save us all;
that we might worship without fear and offer lives of praise,
in holiness and righteousness to serve God all our days.
3) My child, as prophet of the Lord you will prepare the way,
to tell God’s people they are saved from sin’s eternal sway.
Then shall God’s mercy from on high shine forth and never cease
to drive away the gloom of death and lead us into peace.
Greeting (ELW p. 98)
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. 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.
First 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.
Second 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 Acclamation (ELW p. 151)
Alleluia, Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
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.
HAND BELL CHOIR – One Night In Bethlehem
MESSAGE – Pastor Nancy Isaacson
Hymn of the Day – Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers (ELW 244)
1) Rejoice, rejoice, believers, and let your lights appear;
the evening is advancing, and darker night is near.
The bridegroom is arising and soon is drawing nigh.
Up, pray and watch and wrestle; at midnight comes the cry.
2) The watchers on the mountain proclaim the bridegroom near;
go forth as he approaches with alleluias clear.
The marriage feast is waiting; the gates wide open stand.
Arise, O heirs of glory; the bridegroom is at hand.
3) The saints, who here in patience their cross and suff’rings bore,
shall live and reign forever when sorrow is no more.
Around the throne of glory the Lamb they shall behold;
in triumph cast before him their diadems of gold.
4) Our hope and expectation, O Jesus, now appear;
arise, O Sun so longed for, o’er this benighted sphere.
With hearts and hands uplifted, we plead, O Lord, to see
the day of earth’s redemption that sets your people free!
apostles’ Creed (ELW p. 104)
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary,
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,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come 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.
Prayers of Intercession
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.
Peace (ELW p. 106)
The peace of Christ be with you always.
And also with you.
OFFERING & Offering Prayer (ELW p. 107)
Let us pray.
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.
Lord’s Prayer (ELW p. 112)
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 (ELW p. 114)
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Sending Song – Little Drummer Boy (African Tribal Version)
Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.
CHIMES & POSTLUDE
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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
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
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)
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.
Acolytes Baylee Pietrowski Carver Lais
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