Sunday, January 2nd 8:30am led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson

Order of Worship

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Second Sunday of Christmas

INTRODUCTION TO THE DAY

Within the gospel reading’s profound words lies the simple message that God is revealed in a human person. Though we may try to understand how the Word existed with God from the beginning of time, the wonder we celebrate at Christmas is that the Word continues to dwell among us. Christ comes among us in the gathered assembly, the scriptures, the waters of new birth, and the bread and the wine. Through these ordinary gifts we receive the fullness of God’s grace and truth.


PRELUDE 

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

Silence is kept for reflection.

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 – Angels, from the Realms of Glory (ELW 275)

1) Angels, from the realms of glory, wing your flight o’er all the earth;
once you sang creation’s story, now proclaim Messiah’s birth:
Come and worship, come and worship,
worship Christ, the newborn king.

2) Shepherds, in the fields abiding, watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing, yonder shines the infant light.
Come and worship, come and worship,
worship Christ, the newborn king.

3) Sages, leave your contemplations, brighter visions beam afar;
seek the great desire of nations, you have seen his natal star.
Come and worship, come and worship,
worship Christ, the newborn king.

4) All creation, join in praising God, the Father, Spirit, Son,
evermore your voices raising to the eternal Three in One.
Come and worship, come and worship,
worship Christ, the newborn king.

Greeting (ELW p. 138)

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.  Almighty God, you have filled all the earth with the light of your incarnate Word. By your grace empower us to reflect your light in all that we do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM (LBW p. 121)

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, 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 to the dead.

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.

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.

Congregation response:

          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.

BIBLE Reading Jeremiah 31:7-14

God promises to bring Israel back to its land from the most remote parts of exile. In Zion Israel will rejoice over God’s gift of food and livestock. Young women will express their joy in dancing; God will give gladness instead of sorrow.

7Thus says the Lord:
 Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
  and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;
 proclaim, give praise, and say,
  “Save, O Lord, your people,
  the remnant of Israel.”
8See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north,
  and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,
 among them the blind and the lame,
  those with child and those in labor, together;
  a great company, they shall return here.
9With weeping they shall come,
  and with consolations I will lead them back,
 I will let them walk by brooks of water,
  in a straight path in which they shall not stumble;
 for I have become a father to Israel,
  and Ephraim is my firstborn.

10Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,
  and declare it in the coastlands far away;
 say, “He who scattered Israel will gather him,
  and will keep him as a shepherd a flock.”
11For the Lord has ransomed Jacob,
  and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
12They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
  and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord,
 over the grain, the wine, and the oil,
  and over the young of the flock and the herd;
 their life shall become like a watered garden,
  and they shall never languish again.
13Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,
  and the young men and the old shall be merry.
 I will turn their mourning into joy,
  I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
14I will give the priests their fill of fatness,
  and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty,
 says the Lord.

Psalm 147:12-20

12Worship the Lord, O Jerusalem;
  praise your God, O Zion,
13who has strengthened the bars of your gates
  and has blessed your children within you.
14God has established peace on your borders
  and satisfies you with the finest wheat.
15God sends out a command to the earth,
  a word that runs very swiftly. 
16God gives snow like wool,
  scattering frost like ashes.
17God scatters hail like bread crumbs.
  Who can stand against God’s cold?
18The Lord sends forth the word and melts them;
  the wind blows, and the waters flow.
19God declares the word to Jacob,
  statutes and judgments to Israel.
20The Lord has not done so to any other nation;
  they do not know God’s judgments. Hallelujah! 

BIBLE Reading Ephesians 1:3-14

In Jesus, all of God’s plans and purposes have been made know as heaven and earth are united in Christ. Through Jesus, we have been chosen as God’s children and have been promised eternal salvation.

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. 5He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight 9he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, 12so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

Gospel Acclamation (ELW p. 151)

Alleluia, Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.  Alleluia.

Gospel – John 1:1-18

John begins his gospel with this prologue: a hymn to the Word through whom all things were created. This Word became flesh and brought grace and truth to the world.

The Holy Gospel according to John, the first chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
10He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
14And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. 15(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ ”) 16From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

MESSAGE – Pastor Nancy Isaacson   

Hymn of the Day – Of the Father’s Love Begotten (ELW 295, v. 1, 4, 5)

1) Of the Father’s love begotten ere the worlds began to be,
he is Alpha and Omega, he the source, the ending he,
of the things that are, that have been, and that future years shall see,
evermore and evermore.

4) Let the heights of heav’n adore him; angel hosts, his praises sing;
pow’rs, dominions, bow before him and extol our God and King;
let no tongue on earth be silent, ev’ry voice in concert ring
evermore and evermore.


5) Christ, to thee, with God the Father, and, O Holy Ghost, to thee,
hymn and chant and high thanksgiving and unwearied praises be:
honor, glory, and dominion, and eternal victory
evermore and evermore! Amen.

Prayers OF INTERCESSION

Joining our voices with the heavenly host and Christians throughout time and space, let us pray for the church, the world, and all in need.

A brief silence.

You make yourself known in the gift of language in diverse forms. Draw our attention to those who communicate through sign, braille, and technology. Make your church a place where all methods of communication are celebrated. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creating God, the sun greets us anew each morning. Thank you for waking us up today to witness and share your abundance. Awaken us always to your wisdom and deepen our care for your natural world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Emmanuel, in your name we are assured that you are with us. Train nations and peoples to honor and respect one another, especially those whose names and identities have been mistreated, neglected, or oppressed.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You adopt us as your beloved ones. Accompany parents and children navigating the adoption process, especially those in the foster system. Sustain those struggling with infertility or pregnancy loss. Tenderly embrace all 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.

          You journey with us through change. Guide those assuming new roles in this congregation or making transitions in their families, workplaces, or communities (especially). As the seasons and the calendar change, equip us for unexpected challenges.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for missionary Rev. Enrique Estrada in Monterrey, Mexico; and these members and friends: David, Kathie & Steven Hertz; Casey, Megan & Wyatt Heser; Dale & Cynthia Hopp; Terry, Shelley & Sadie Hotzler; Lance & Nancy Isaacson.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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 all who modeled lives of loving service. Lead us in your grace until, with all your saints, we enter the fullness of your glory.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

          Rejoicing in your Word made flesh among us, we commend these prayers to you, confident of your grace and love made known to us in Jesus Christ, our Savior.  Amen.

Peace (ELW p. 128)

The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.

Offering & OfferTORY Prayer (ELW p. 107)

Good and loving God, we rejoice in the birth of Jesus, who came among the poor to bring the riches of your grace. As you have blessed us with your gifts, let them be blessing for others. With the trees of the field, with all earth and heaven, we shout for joy at the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.  And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Preface (ELW p. 130)

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

that we should at all times and in all places

give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God,

through our Savior Jesus Christ.

In the wonder and mystery of the Word made flesh

you have opened the eyes of faith

to a new and radiant vision of your glory,

that, beholding the God made visible,

we may be drawn to love the God whom we cannot see.

And so, with all the choirs of angels,

with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, Holy, Holy (ELW p. 144)

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup,

we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.


Lord’s Prayer (ELW p. 145)

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.

DISTRIBUTION OF HOLY Communion 

The body of Christ, given for you.  The blood of Christ, shed for you.

(Please go out of your section to the right, proceed to front to receive the bread and wine, and return on left side of section.)

Prayer after Communion (ELW p. 136)

Let us pray.

Radiant God, with our eyes we have seen your salvation, and in this meal we have feasted on your grace. May your Word take flesh in us, that we may be your holy people, revealing your glory made known to us in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

Blessing (ELW p. 136)

The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.

The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.  Amen.

Sending VIDEO Song – The Noel


Dismissal 

Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

CHIMES & POSTLUDE

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE

SUN, 1-2:  8:30 am Holy Communion 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)

TUES, 1-4:  8 am Women’s Study – Fellowship Hall

WED, 1-5:  2:45-4:15 pm Grade 7 Confirmation

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

     Education Building (behind Casey’s)

THURS, 1-6:  8 am Men’s Study – Parlor

SAT, 1-8:  5 pm Worship Service led by Pastor Lance Isaacson

SUN, 1-9:  8:30 am Worship Service (Broadcast on KKOJ 1190AM)

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

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:  Rev. Enrique Estrada in Monterrey, Mexico

Members and friends:  David, Kathie & Steven Hertz; Casey, Megan & Wyatt Heser; Dale & Cynthia Hopp; Terry, Shelley & Sadie Hotzler; Lance & Nancy Isaacson

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

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

WE REJOICE in the baptism Sunday of Eli Joseph Knips, son of Dan & Jacqueline Knips.  Sponsors are Jared & Amber Knips. 

RADIO BROADCAST Sunday is given in celebration of Evie Fransen’s 90th birthday on January 5. 

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.)  

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)

        Pam Tracey – 507-847-3132 (home)

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!

CONFIRMATION CLASSES RESUME IN JANUARY:

          Grade 7 will meet on Wed., January 5 from 2:45-4:15 p.m.

          Grade 8 will meet on Wed., January 12 from 2:45-4:15 p.m.

SOUP & CHILI DINNER, Sunday, January 23 from 10:30-12:30 at the Jackson American Legion.  Free-will offering.  Benefit for Jackson Food Shelf, Jackson Ministerial Association and Lutheran Hour Ministries.  Sponsored by Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. 

REPORTS for Annual Report booklet are due in the church office by Friday, January 7. 

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” (suggested by Pastor Norby at the congregation forum in November) are available on the concourse table – Please take and read and then return for someone else to read.

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS

                             Saturday                                  Sunday

Acolytes               Miley VanDeVere                    Ayden Endreson

Communion          Kollin & Lisa VanDeVere        Tracy Endreson & Tanya

Karen Zoch                                        Plumhoff

                                                Holly Reipke

                                                Jon Schmit

Greeters                Sharon Anderson                     Sandy Phillips      

Scripture Reader   Connie Myers                          Kim Klassen

Ushers                  Rick Fransen                            William Rolfson

                                                                             Sawyer Flatgard   

Radio Announcer                                                  Nancy Edlin

Soundboard          –  –  –  NEED VOLUNTEERS!  –  –  – 

Projectionist          Mary Boyum                           Sandy Phillips                         

Organist               Melynda Tracey                       Melynda Tracey