Sunday, November 28th – 8:30am led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson

Order of Worship

Sunday, November 28, 2021

First Weekend in Advent

Introduction to the day 

Advent is about the “coming days.” God’s people have always lived in great expectation, but that expectation finds specific, repeated enunciation in the texts appointed for these four weeks. The ancients anticipated a “righteous Branch to spring up for David.” The Thessalonians awaited “the coming of our Lord Jesus with all the saints.” Jesus’ contemporaries hoped for the time “to stand before the Son of Man.” With them we eagerly await the coming days: another Christmas celebration, a second coming, and the advent of Christ in word and supper.

PRELUDE

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE ADVENT WREATH

          We praise you, O God, for this evergreen wreath reminding us of your unending peace in our days of preparation for Christ’s advent.  As we light the first candle on this wreath, rouse us from sleep, that we may be ready to greet our Lord when he comes with all the saints and angels.  Enlighten us with your grace, and prepare our hearts to welcome him with joy.  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 – Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (ELW 254,

tune 631)

1) Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art,
dear desire of ev’ry nation, joy of ev’ry longing heart.

2) Born thy people to deliver, born a child, and yet a king;
born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal Spirit rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all-sufficient merit raise us to thy glorious throne.

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 your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection alert us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and redeem us for your life of justice, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

First Reading – Jeremiah 33:14-16

In the Old Testament, “righteousness” often has to do with being faithful in relationship. God acts righteously both in punishing Israel for its sin and in having mercy. In today’s reading, Jerusalem’s future name—“The Lord is our righteousness”—proclaims that God is even now working salvation for Israel.

14The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”

Psalm 25:1-10

1To you, O Lord,
  I lift up my soul.
2My God, I put my trust in you; let me not be put to shame,
  nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3Let none who look to you be put to shame;
  rather let those be put to shame who are treacherous.
4Show me your ways, O Lord,
  and teach me your paths. 
5Lead me in your truth and teach me,
  for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long.
6Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love,
  for they are from everlasting. 

7Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions;
  remember me according to your steadfast love and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.
8You are gracious and upright, O Lord;
  therefore you teach sinners in your way.
9You lead the lowly in justice
  and teach the lowly your way.
10All your paths, O Lord, are steadfast love and faithfulness
  to those who keep your covenant and your testimonies. 

Second Reading – 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Upon Timothy’s report from the congregation at Thessalonica, Paul is exuberant with gratitude for them. In this passage from his letter, Paul voices overflowing thanks, joy, and blessings for the people of this growing church.

9How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? 10Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.
11Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. 12And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. 13And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

Gospel Acclamation (ELW p. 151)

Alleluia, Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.  Alleluia.

Gospel – Luke 21:25-36

God will fulfill God’s purposes and, already, hidden signs of that fulfillment abound. On that great day there will be dismay, perplexity, confusion, and terror, but God’s people shall be given strength to stand boldly and receive God’s promised redemption.

The Holy Gospel according to Luke, the 21st chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.

[Jesus said:] 25“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
29Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
34“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, 35like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

The Gospel of the Lord.  Praise to you, O Christ.

MESSAGE – Pastor Nancy Isaacson   

Hymn of the Day – We Believe

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.

God of presence and peace, strengthen your church around the globe to proclaim the message of your love coming to the world. Open our hearts to recognize your face in all people and in all of creation.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of mighty redwoods and microscopic plants, fields and city parks, the wind and the waves, we thank you for the wonder of our planet.  May we nurture what you have lovingly created.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of compassion, bring righteousness and goodness to all peoples of the earth. Give a heart of discernment and integrity to leaders in our communities. Be with people wh live in places torn by unrest and violence.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of comfort and care, be present with those who watch and wait. Come to all who await births, deaths, divorces, new unions, new jobs, retirements, healing, and life transitions of every kind (especially) Rodney VonOhlen, Rita Bebler, Mary Halverson, Vickie Tusa, Allan Bratrud, Ruth Plackner, Rachel Grunst, Jamison Nestegard, Alice Michelson, Karen Grunst, Steven Hansen, the community of Waukesha, Wisconsin; and all those we name in our hearts before you.   Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of good news, we pray for Andrew Ball, one of the missionaries we support.  And we pray for our members and friends:  Cheri Groshens; Michael & LeAnn Gruhlke; Mary Halverson; Larry G. & Denise Hansen; Ray, Marcy, Jordan & Kazia Hassing.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of promises kept and protection provided, shelter your people from destructive storms. We pray for those whose lives have been upended by natural disasters, for the work of Lutheran Disaster Response, Lutheran World Relief, and other relief organizations.  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.

God of companionship and community, we give you thanks for the saints who journeyed with us and now abide in you. Even in distress and uncertainty, make us confident that your promises endure forever. 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.

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 – The King Shall Come (ELW 260)

1) The King shall come when morning dawns
and light triumphant breaks,
when beauty gilds the eastern hills and life to joy awakes.

2) Not as of old a little child, to bear and fight and die,
but crowned with glory like the sun that lights the morning sky.

3) Oh, brighter than the rising morn when Christ, victorious, rose
and left the lonesome place of death, despite the rage of foes.

4) Oh, brighter than that glorious morn shall dawn upon our race
the day when Christ in splendor comes, and we shall see his face.

5) The King shall come when morning dawns
and light and beauty brings.
Hail, Christ the Lord! Your people pray: come quickly, King of kings.

Dismissal

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

CHIMES & POSTLUDE

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sun., 11-28:  8:30 am Worship Service (Broadcast on KKOJ 1190 AM)

  • led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson

Tues.,11-30:  8 am Women’s Study – Parlor

Wed., 12-1:  2:45-4:15 pm Grade 7 Confirmation Class – Parlor

     5:30 pm Advent Worship

     6 pm Meal hosted by Church Council

     6:15 pm Hand Bell Choir – Centrum

     6:30-8:30 pm Jars of Clay for Grades 6-12 at Sheldon Jackson

Education Building (behind Casey’s)

Thurs., 12-2:  8 am Men’s Study – Parlor

Sat., 12-4:  5 pm Holy Communion Worship Service led by Pastor

Lance Isaacson

Sun., 12-5:  8:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (Broadcast on

KKOJ 1190 AM) led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson

    9:45 am Adult Class – Parlor

Wed., 12-8:  2:45-4:15 pm Grade 7 Confirmation Class – Parlor

          Confirmation families will host meal after Advent worship

WE REMEMBER IN PRAYER

Special:  Rodney VonOhlen, Rita Bebler, Mary Halverson, Vickie Tusa, Allan Bratrud, Ruth Plackner, Rachel Grunst, Jamison Nestegard, Alice Michelson, Karen Grunst, Steven Hansen; and all those we name in our hearts before you. 

Missionaries:  Andrew Ball in Tel Aviv, Israel

Members and friends:  Cheri Groshens; Michael & LeAnn Gruhlke; Mary Halverson; Larry G. & Denise Hansen; Ray, Marcy, Jordan & Kazia Hassing

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

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

RADIO BROADCAST on Sunday is given in loving memory of Bill Edlin by Nancy Edlin.

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)

        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.

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!

THANKS to all who helped in any way with the community Thanksgiving meal!  This couldn’t happen without all the volunteers!

LUTEFISK SUPPER, Wednesday, December 1 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Lakefield, serving from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS

                             Saturday                       Sunday               

Acolytes               Isaiah Adams                 Weston Rowe      

Greeters                Rick & Eva Fransen       Paul & Tami Meium

Scripture Readers  Pam Tracey                    Janeen Ruby

Ushers                  Sharon Anderson            William Rolfson & Sawyer Flatgard

Radio Announcer                                        Sharon Anderson

Soundboard             NEED VOLUNTEERS – – – – – – –

Projectionist          Wayne Christopher         NEED VOLUNTEERS – – – – –

Organist               Melynda Tracey             Melynda Tracey