Worship

Welcome to Incarnation! Gathering in worship is central to our faith. This page is your guide to online worship.

You can listen to past sermons here.

Please note that there will not be a Memorial Day Service this year.

Welcome to Worship: May 24, 2020


Welcome to Worship: May 17, 2020


Welcome to Worship: May 10, 2020

“It’s important to highlight how difficult it is for the youth in the LifeHaven program to have to have changed the goals that they were working on as they adjust to pandemic times, and the difficulty of feeling like they’re not “moving forward” in ways that they may wish they were. AND! Their incredible resilience, creativity, and positivity. Of course, since it will be Mother’s Day, this is even more fitting—they are incredible young mothers who love their children deeply, and are sacrificing a lot to keep themselves and their children safe & healthy.” – Katie Nichol, program manager of LifeHaven

Find out how you can help Lifehaven with their immediate needs.


Welcome to Worship: May 3, 2020

Download a PDF of the bulletin to follow along.

Welcome to Worship: April 26, 2020

Click here for information on the 2020 Offering of Letters and a sample letter. (Word version here)

Update from the Incarnation Council


Welcome to Worship: April 19, 2020

Donate to the All Hands on Hope MobilePack through Feed My Starving Children here.


Welcome to Worship: April 12, Easter Sunday


Welcome to Worship: April 10, Good Friday

To set the tone for Good Friday worship you may consider finding a quiet, dimly lit room and several candles to extinguish as you follow along with the service.

Below is a list of supplies you may want to gather before you start the service:
  • SPARK Story Bible. (If you would like to purchase a Bible, you may find them online here.) The stories we will be reading out loud are:
    • “The Prodigal Son” pg. 378
    • “The Lost Sheep” pg. 374
    • “A Storm” pg. 286
    • “House on a Rock” pg. 282
  • One cross for your family, or each person in your family, cut out of cardboard, construction paper, regular paper, or wood.
  • Something to decorate your cross with: markers, colored pencils, crayons, paint, Post-It notes.

Sharing Easter in Your Neighborhood

Similar to the hearts people have been putting in their windows to show support during the stay-at-home order, we encourage you to hang signs or drawings in your windows with crosses or phrases like “He is risen!” or “Alleluia!” to celebrate Easter in your neighborhood.
Sidewalk drawings in chalk are another great way to spread Easter cheer for everyone to enjoy. Symbols like hearts, butterflies, rainbows, flowers and crosses are a safe way to spread the Good News and the hope of Easter while practicing social distancing.

Welcome to Worship: April 9, Maundy Thursday

We gather together in spirit to worship a loving God who walks with us at all times and invites us to live in Another Way . . .

Click here to download a PDF of the bulletin to follow along.

Click here to download a PDF of a guide for families worshiping together.

You can make an online offering here. Thank you for your generosity!

Supplies Needed for the Good Friday Service for Families with Young Children

If you’re interested in worshiping with the Good Friday Service for Families with Young Children, below is a list of supplies you may want to gather before you start the service:

Welcome to Sunday Worship: April 5, Palm Sunday

We gather together in spirit to worship a loving God who walks with us at all times and invites us to live in Another Way . . .

Click here to download a PDF of the bulletin to follow along.

Click here to download a PDF of a guide for families worshiping together.

You can make an online offering here. Thank you for your generosity!


Welcome to Lenten Wednesday Worship: April 1

We gather together in spirit to worship a loving God who walks with us at all times and invites us to live in The Way of Jesus . . .

Click here to download a PDF of the bulletin to follow along.

Click here to download a PDF of a guide for families worshiping together.

You can make an online offering here. Thank you for your generosity!


Welcome to Sunday Worship: March 29

We gather together in spirit to worship a loving God who walks with us at all times and invites us to live in The Way of Jesus . . .

Click here to download a PDF of the bulletin to follow along.

Click here to download a PDF of a guide for families worshiping together.


Welcome to Lenten Wednesday Worship: March 25

We gather together in spirit to worship a loving God who walks with us at all times and invites us to live in The Way of Jesus . . .

Click here to download a PDF of the bulletin to follow along.


Welcome to Sunday Worship: March 22

We gather together in spirit to worship a loving God who walks with us at all times and invites us to live in The Way of Jesus . . .

Click here to download a PDF of the bulletin to follow along.


Welcome to Lenten Wednesday Worship: March 18

We gather together in spirit to worship a loving God who walks with us at all times and invites us to live in The Way of Jesus . . .

Click here to download a PDF of the bulletin.

Guide Questions

  • If your life were more simple, how would you invest your time and resources differently?
  • What are the values that you want to live out in your life?
  • What in your life causes you to feel unsettled? What word is God speaking into that situation?
  • What action might you take today or in the next week to practice simplicity?

Click Here for Online Giving

Giving during this time is as important as ever. Our ministry together depends on the faithful generosity of our community. Through this link, you will be able to give to:

  • The  Ralph Reeder Food Shelf
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • The New Preschool Classroom
  • The Operating Budget
  • The Capital Appeal

If you would like to be added to prayer concerns or update your contact information, contact Amy Martell, Office Manager.

In case of emergency, an illness, a hospitalization, or a death, contact the Pastoral Care Line at 612-276-2797.

If you need to contact specific staff members, you will find their email addresses here.

If you have any questions, contact Erin Thorstad, Director of Communications.

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Friends of Incarnation
Ideas for Meditation and Reflection
The Way of Jesus is the Way of Comfort and Assurance
Sunday, March 13, 2020

Senior Pastor Kai Nilsen

Instead of the text for the week and a sermon, I want to share with you a few prayers, texts and a song that have been important to me in anxious times. Use them for your own reflection this week. If one of them strikes you, post it on your refrigerator or another prominent place that you will see frequently.  Peace, Kai

For confidence on an unknown journey…
O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. – ELW Evening Prayer

For guidance in how to respond to others…
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy

O Divine Master, grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to Eternal Life
Amen.   – Prayer of St. Francis

For assurance of God’s presence in fearful times…
But 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.
When 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.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
Do not fear, for I am with you – Isaiah 43:1-3,5

For assurance of God’s presence all times…
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  – Romans 8:35-39

Finally, here is a video of Carrie Newcomer singing, You Can Do this Hard Thing. It has helped me navigate many a hard thing!

Remember…

  • Reach out to a neighbor.
  • Comfort a friend.
  • Find ways to be generous (see below) so that the work of Jesus might continue to be done through our common work and our partners in ministry who are working on behalf of those most vulnerable in our community.
  • Be kind to yourself.

Leader: Go in Peace. Live in the Way of Jesus.
All: Thanks be to God.

Click Here for Online Giving

Giving during this time is as important as ever. Our ministry together depends on the faithful generosity of our community. Through this link, you will be able to give to:

  • The  Ralph Reeder Food Shelf
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • The New Preschool Classroom
  • The Operating Budget
  • The Capital Appeal

If you would like to be added to prayer concerns or update your contact information, contact Amy Martell, Office Manager.

In case of emergency, an illness, a hospitalization, or a death, contact the Pastoral Care Line at 612-276-2797.

If you need to contact specific staff members, you will find their email addresses here.

If you have any questions, contact Erin Thorstad, Director of Communications.

Follow us on Facebook for updates.