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April 3, 2020

Here is this coming Sunday’s Worship Bulletin:

You may view our Worship Service on facebook, and listen to it on the radio @ KRBT 1340AM at 9:30am. Later in the day you may also find the link to the video on our website (the bulletin and video will be posted in the scrolling announcements of our home page. 

Worship Bulletin for Palm Sunday, April 5th, 2020
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
Messiah Lutheran Church


PRELUDE Kristen Weikum

WELCOME Pastor Erik Roth, Deacon Kari Olson

CALL TO WORSHIP  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Christ Humbled Himself And Became Obedient To The Point Of Death—Even Death On A Cross.* Therefore God Also Highly Exalted Him And Gave Him The Name That Is Above Every Name. (Phil. 2:8-9)




Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna in the highest.

GREETING   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.

KYRIE: Hymnal, page 120   Responsive singing is in bold.
In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For the peace from above, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy. 
Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord. Amen. 

Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

FIRST READING: Isaiah 50:4-9a
4The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher,
 that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.
 Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear
  to listen as those who are taught.
5The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious,
  I did not turn backward.
6I gave my back to those who struck me,
  and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
 I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.
7The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced;
 therefore I have set my face like flint,
  and I know that I shall not be put to shame; 8he who vindicates me is near.
 Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together.
 Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me.
9aIt is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty?
  Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

PSALM 31:9-16
9Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble;
  my eye is consumed with sorrow, and also my throat and my belly.
10For my life is wasted with grief, and my years with sighing;
my strength fails me because of affliction, and my bones are consumed.
11I am the scorn of all my enemies, a disgrace to my neighbors, a dismay to my acquaintances;
  when they see me in the street they avoid me.
12Like the dead I am forgotten, out of mind;I am as useless as a broken pot. 
13For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is all around;
  they put their heads together against me; they plot to take my life.
14But as for me, I have trusted in you, O Lord.I have said, “You are my God.
15My times are in your hand;
          rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.
16Let your face shine upon your servant;save me in your steadfast love.” 

 Philippians 2:5-11
5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
6who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God
  as something to be exploited,
7but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.
 And being found in human form,
8he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.
9Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name
  that is above every name,
10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend,
  in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION                                                                                  
Let your steadfast love come to us, O Lord.
Save us as you promised; we will trust your word.
Save us as you promised; we will trust your word.

GOSPEL READING:  Matthew 26:14–27:66    Pastor Erik Roth, Deacon Kari Olson, Carolyn Flaschberger

HYMN OF THE DAY: Hymnal # 351

Hymnal, page 127

THE PRAYERS Each petition concludes with: Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Ending prayer: Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

PEACE   The Peace of the Lord be with you always. And also with you.

Offering InstrumentalKristen Weikum
LORD’S PRAYER:  Let us pray the Lord’s prayer together: follow along in your Hymnal, page # 134.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.

May the Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord’s face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Amen
SENDING HYMN: Were You There   Hymn # 353

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

POSTLUDE  Kristen Weikum

March 29, 2020

God day! Hope you were able to watch or listen in on our Sunday Worship this morning at 9:30am. We are broadcast live Sunday mornings on 1340AM KRBT, and can be viewed on facebook ( as well. The facebook video is available to view anytime you desire, just scroll down to find the video and click the play button. We are also on cable channel 5, Wed. & Thurs. at 4pm, Mon. & Fri. at 10am, and Saturdays at 4:30pm.

If you are not signed up to receive our Weekly Witness email just call the church office with your email address and we will add you to the list – it is sent out two times a week, and the Thursday or Friday’s edition will include the Bulletin’s order of worship with readings and hymns for you to follow along on Sundays, or to read at your own leisure.

We hope these resources make you feel connected during this time of social distancing; we are a church family, and can still worship and pray together! Also, you are invited to call the church office during the week 9:30am-4pm, with a prayer request for yourself or others, and to request to talk with Pastor Erik. If we are not in the office at the time of your call, just leave a detailed message and we will call you back as soon as we can.

May the Lord Bless you and your family~

Below are a few devotional links we think you will find to be of comfort for your personal prayer time as well:

God Pause devotions

Daily Grace

Daily Bible Reading plan

Augsburg Fortress devotional

March 24, 2020

Good afternoon ~ We trust you and your loved ones are doing well, and remember, you can contact us here at the church (218-741-6207) if you want prayer and to talk with Pastor Erik.

This Sunday we were able to bring the service to you via radio broadcast on 1340 KRBT and also on facebook with Livestream. We will continue to offer our Sunday Worship Service to you with our radio broadcast, facebook and as usual, on public cable channel #5. Keep in mind, the television broadcast for the current Sunday doesn’t start until the following Wednesday evening or Thursday…

Pastor will also be offering a Devotional at 12 noon tomorrow (this was our original time for the Bible Study ~ it will be a devotional instead). Please join us on facebook at noon tomorrow and let us know how you are doing.

Two things that also may help you to worship at home ~ if you are not already signed up to receive our Weekly Witness Newsletter Email, call or email the church ( and give us permission to add you to the list to receive it; we will send it out twice a week to keep you updated. The second tool you can use for worship at home is a Hymnal. Stop by the church during the day, Monday – Thursday, and sign out a Hymnal in the narthex at the main doors. A Hymnal will not only help you follow along during the service, you can read or sing Hymns for your own personal devotional or study time, and also read the Psalms, which start after page # 338.

We hope these resources help you in your personal worship as well as to join fellow congregants on Sunday mornings and throughout the week. We are going through this together ~ you are never alone. God Bless you~


Facebook at “Our Savior’s Lutheran Church – Virginia, MN ELCA” live Sunday mornings at 9:30AM, and as re-post anytime you hop on to facebook

KRBT 1340 AM Radio, live Sunday Mornings at 9:30am

Public Cable Channel # 5 – Sun. & Thurs. at 4pm, Mon. & Fri. at 10am, Sat. at 4:30pm. *The latest Sunday’s viewing will start the following Thursday.

Weekly Witness Email Newsletter: The format for the service in a full-bulletin-form will be sent in this newsletter at the end of each week.

March 19, 2020

Greetings and blessings to everyone~ Praying you are all staying healthy! This Sunday’s scripture readings will be: 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41.

Starting next Wednesday, March 25th at 1pm, Pastor will facilitate the OSLC Bible Study on facebook, livestreaming. You are invited to watch; there will be opportunities to comment with each other during the study! Monday’s at 1pm (March 23) he will announce the scripture references and topic of study. Join us and stay connected!

We wish to provide many opportunities to worship together. You are invited to stop by the church and sign-up to grab a hymnal in our narthex for you & your family to follow along with Sunday’s Worship on 1340 AM @ 9:30am. The hymnals are on a cart just as you enter the church for your convenience, and the church doors will be open Mondays – Thursdays 9:30am – 4pm, call about Friday hours as we can schedule a time to make sure we are here for you. You can watch the last week’s service on Public Channel 5: Sun & Thurs @ 4pm, Mon & Fri @ 10am, Sat. @ 4:30pm. We will continue to televise Worship on this channel.

If you need to talk with Pastor personally, call him or the church office at 218-741-6207. You can also set up a video chat with him-he will give you the link to do so. Sometimes we just need to speak with someone personally, so don’t hesitate to reach out!

Psalm 23:3 “You restore my soul, O Lord…” God Bless your day💝

March 18, 2020

Psalm 91:15 “When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them.”

Church is not closed! We are only suspending corporate worship at this time. Please worship with us on the radio; it is a live broadcast at 9:30am Sundays on KRBT 1340AM, and during the TV broadcast times we have reserved (Cable channel 5 Sun. & Thurs. 4pm, Mon. & Fri. 10am, Sat. 4:30pm.)

The church is open during the week for the sake of the community. We are suspending gatherings at this time, but we are still committed to serving our neighbors. The sanctuary is open for personal prayer, and our staff is available for faith needs. If you would like to speak with Pastor Erik please feel free to call (218-741-6207) and we can set up a time for you to meet personally or online via video chat (we are utilizing an online program that will be easy for you to access).

This is a significant time for all people, especially church. There are many people in our community who are in desperate need. The church is called to hear and respond to those needs.  We need you to participate!  We are asking for specific items to be donated: non-perishable food, such as canned fruit & vegetables, boxed meals, cereal, infant formula and food, diapers, and fever medicine. We are especially asking for gift cards and cash that will only be used to address hunger needs. Food can be brought directly by you to the Little Pantry outside, or left on the bench outside the church’s main doors, or in the entryway of the church.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Isaiah 41:9b  “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”; 10 do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

In light of the threat of coronaviras we have suspended worship for at least next Sunday March 22nd.  As usual, we will be providing a worship service on the radio 1340 AM at 9:30 and we will continue to be church together for the sake of the world. The Church itself is still open. Thank you for your patience, your faithfulness and your prayers.

We will be taking some different approaches to pastoral care in the coming week. Pastor Erik will not be making hospital or care center visits to protect one another from the spread of viruses. We will be making phone calls, sending emails and writing notes checking in with the home bound and hospitalized. We ask that you reach out to us also, we are available to you in this time which can feel lonely, isolating and frightening. If you are in need of supplies, child care or other things, please call the church and we will work together for everyone’s health and well-being.

This is a difficult time for all, but it is also an opportunity for our congregation to connect and care for one another. Please reach out to those who you would sit by or visit with on a Sunday morning. Let’s be church together in this time social distancing.

God’s Peace~ Pastor Erik