Order of Worship
Sunday, October 24, 2021
22nd Weekend after Pentecost
Introduction to the day
Can we pray the way Bartimaeus prays? People try to hush him up because by addressing Jesus as “Son of David” he is making a politically dangerous claim that Jesus is the rightful king. Could our prayers ever be heard as a threat to unjust powers that be? Bartimaeus won’t give up or go away quietly, but repeats his call for help more loudly. Do we ask so boldly? And are our prayers an honest answer to Jesus’ question, “What do you want me to do for you?”
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 – Lord Jesus, Think on Me (ELW 599)
1) Lord Jesus, think on me, and purge away my sin;
from selfish passions set me free and make me pure within.
2) Lord Jesus, think on me, by anxious thoughts oppressed;
let me your loving servant be and taste your promised rest.
3) Lord Jesus, think on me, nor let me go astray;
through darkness and perplexity point out your chosen way.
4) Lord Jesus, think on me, that, when the flood is past,
I may the eternal brightness see and share your joy at last.
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. God of eternity, shine Your light in our hearts. Scatter the darkness of our ignorance with Your unending wisdom. In Your abiding compassion, have mercy on us. Enable us to seek your face, and help us to reflect your goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
First Reading – Jeremiah 31:7-9
This passage speaks not only of the southern kingdom, Judah, and its homecoming from exile in Babylon, but also of the northern kingdom (“Israel” or “Ephraim”) and its restoration. The northern tribes of Israel had been lost in exile to Assyria more than a century before Jeremiah prophesied.
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.
1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
then were we like those who dream.
2Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy.
Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
3The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are glad indeed.
4Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like the watercourses of the Negeb.
5Those who sowed with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
6Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed,
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.
Second Reading – Hebrews 7:23-28
Human priests of old offered sacrifice for their own sins and served only until their death. In contrast, Jesus is God’s Son, the holy, sinless, resurrected high priest. Death did not terminate his priestly service, but through his death he has interceded for our sins.
23The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; 24but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
26For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. 28For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.
Gospel Acclamation (ELW p. 151)
Alleluia, Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
Gospel – Mark 10: 46-52
Bartimaeus comes to Jesus with faith, asking that he might see again. Recognizing Jesus’ identity, Bartimaeus is the first person to call him “Son of David” in the Gospel of Mark.
The Holy Gospel according to Mark, the 10th chapter.
Glory to you, O Lord.
46As [Jesus] and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 50So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” 52Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
MESSAGE – Pastor Steve Cook, SW MN Synod, ELCA
Hymn of the Day – You Say (Lauren Daigle)
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
Set free from sin and death and nourished by the word of truth, we join in prayer for all of God’s creation.
A brief silence.
We give you thanks for congregations and ministries throughout the world that serve as centers of prayer and action. Empower missionaries, teachers, healers, evangelists, and all who are sent to share the Gospel. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We give you thanks for generous land that produces abundant harvests. Strengthen and protect all those who are involved in the harvest. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We give you thanks for leaders of nations who work to build up the common good. Strengthen efforts of reconciliation among all nations (especially). Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We give you thanks for all who labor for the health of others. Comfort and strengthen all who struggle with chronic pain. Send healing and relief to all who are sick (especially): Tom Julian, 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. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We give you thanks for all you give us, inspiring those who provide for others. Inspire generosity in your people, so that we carry out the work of making disciples of all nations. We pray for Doug & Barb Petersen, missionaries sponsored by Our Savior’s; and these members and friends: Timothy, Molly, Emery, Iyla & Adley Fransen; Traci Fransen; Nancy Garvin; Dale Gaustad; Michael, Bridget, Montana & Kash Gilbert; Ariel Glover & Liera Barnes. 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 the saints who have lived out their faith. Give us courage to follow in hope until you gather us all around your table of abundance. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Confident that you hear us, O God, we boldly place our prayers into your hands; through Jesus Christ, our truth and life. 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 – Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound (ELW 779)
1) Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.
2) ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear The hour I first believed!
3) Through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come;
‘tis grace has brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.
4) The Lord has promised good to me, His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be As long as life endures.
5) When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise Than when we’d first begun.
Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.
CHIMES & POSTLUDE
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Sun., 10-24: 8:30 am Worship Service (Broadcast on KKOJ 1190 AM)
led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson with message by Pastor Steve Cook
9:30 am Congregation Forum led by Pastor Steve Cook, SW MN
Synod – Fellowship Hall
Tues.,10-26: 8 am Women’s Study – Fellowship Hall
Wed., 10-27: 2:45-4:15 pm Grade 8 Confirmation Class
5:15 pm Hand Bell Choir – Centrum
6:15 pm Kids In Christ’s Kingdom (K.I.C.K.) for Grades 2-3 –
6:30-8:30 pm Jars of Clay for Grades 6-12 at Sheldon Jackson
Education Building (behind Casey’s)
Thurs., 10-28: 8 am Men’s Study – Benson’s Cabin, 1320 Springfield
Sat., 10-30: 5 pm Worship Service led by Pastor Lance Isaacson
5:45 pm Congregation Forum led by Pastor Lance Isaacson
Sun., 10-31: 8 am Affirmation of Baptism & Holy Communion
Worship Service (Broadcast on KKOJ 1190 AM) led by Pastor
WE REMEMBER IN PRAYER
Special: Tom Julian, 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: Doug & Barb Petersen
Members and friends: Timothy, Molly, Emery, Iyla & Adley Fransen; Traci Fransen; Nancy Garvin; Dale Gaustad; Michael, Bridget, Montana & Kash Gilbert; Ariel Glover & Liera Barnes
Other: Military, Pastor Nancy Isaacson, Pastor Lance Isaacson, Our Savior’s Church Council & Call Committee
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)
OCTOBER needs for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes – toothbrushes & toys – place in box provided in concourse area. Contributions for shipping the boxes are also needed. Thanks for your donations!
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.).
40 DAYS FOR LIFE, September 22-October 31 – Help save lives – protect mothers and children – through prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils and community outreach. Vigil at 821 3rd St. (Autos on 71), Jackson from 6 am to 6 pm – Contact Holly Nestegard at 507-841-0633 to sign up for 1-hour slots. (or firstname.lastname@example.org
LSS MEALS is offering healthy meals at a pop-up event, Wednesdays October 27, November 17 and 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!
HELP IS NEEDED with youth programming and a Christmas program director. Contact Holly Reipke or church office.
MARY HALVERSON will be turning 100 on October 30, 2021. There will be NO open house, however cards, emails and video greetings would be very much appreciated. No gifts please. Address: 1507 North Highway, Apt. 207, Jackson, MN 56143. Phone: 507-841-1689
PLEASE NOTE: WORSHIP ON SUNDAY, October 31 will be at 8 a.m. – This will be the service of Confirmation/Affirmation of Faith for 11 ninth graders and Holy Communion. (This is the only Sunday at 8 am.)
IN RECENT MONTHS, members have expressed questions and concerns about the ELCA. We will provide an opportunity for conversation on these topics. Conversations will be an opportunity to discuss concerns and ask questions. We have asked these pastors to share their thoughts with us and respond to your questions, it would be helpful if questions were submitted ahead of time for these conversations. Submit your question in the box on concourse table, along with your name (we will NOT announce who submitted the question.)
Sunday, October 24 Pastor Steve Cook, SW MN Synod
Following worship at 9:30 am in the Fellowship Hall
Saturday, October 30 Pastor Lance Isaacson
Following worship at 5:45 pm in the Centrum (worship area)
Sunday, November 21 Pastor Stephen Norby
Following worship at 9:30 am in the Fellowship H
Acolytes Kash Gilbert Erin Beckel
Greeters Rick & Eva Fransen Jessica Mulder
Scripture Readers Marcia Johnson Ruth Hansen
Ushers Rick Fransen William Rolfson
Radio Announcer Sharon Anderson
Soundboard Brad Tusa
Projectionist Trish Christopher Sandy Phillips