Sunday, January 9th 8:30am led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson

Order of Worship

Sunday, January 9, 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

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 – Christ, When for Us You Were

Baptized (ELW 304)

1) Christ, when for us you were baptized, God’s Spirit on you came,
as peaceful as a dove, and yet as urgent as a flame,
as urgent as a flame.

2) God called you, “My beloved Son”; you are God’s servant true,
sent to proclaim the reign of heav’n, God’s holy will to do,
God’s holy will to do.

3) Straightway and steadfast until death you then obeyed the call
to serve with free and willing heart, to give your life for all,
to give your life for all.

4) Baptize us with your Spirit, Lord; your cross on us be signed,
that likewise in God’s service we may perfect freedom find,
may perfect freedom find.

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.  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.

First 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.”

Psalm 29

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. 

Second 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 Acclamation (ELW p. 151)

Alleluia, Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.  Alleluia.

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 Nancy Isaacson   

Hymn of the Day – Arise, Your Light Has Come! (ELW 314)

1) Arise, your light has come! The Spirit’s call obey;
show forth the glory of your God which shines on you today.

2) Arise, your light has come! Fling wide the prison door;
proclaim the captive’s liberty, good tidings to the poor.

3) Arise, your light has come! All you in sorrow born,
bind up the brokenhearted ones and comfort those who mourn.

4) Arise, your light has come! The mountains burst in song!
Rise up like eagles on the wing, God’s pow’r will make us strong.

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

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.

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 – 

Dismissal

Go in peace. Serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God. 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE

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

Lance Isaacson

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

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)

        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.

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS

                             Saturday                       Sunday               

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