Feb. 20 & 21 Worship Bulletin

Lenten Midweek Services

The Book of Psalms will be our focus for the Midweek Lenten online services, which will begin on February 24. Each Wednesday, a member of the pastoral/musical team will provide a reflection on the Psalm that is appointed for the following Sunday. In addition, we will be introduced to a new Lenten liturgy written by Olive Branch Cantor, Richard Bruxvoort Colligan. Service links will be shared on Facebook and available each week on Mount Olive’s YouTube Channel- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqQHpLrP-lcwjKDOlwIGwdA. You may click on the “Subscribe” button and set notifications to alert you when the service is available.

Lenten Devotions

A Lenten devotion entitled Steadfast Love by Henri J. M. Nouwen is available to pick up in the Mount Olive office. Those on the bulletin mailing list will receive a copy in the mail. Nouwen wrote passionately about the steadfast love of God in a way that has touched the hearts of readers the world over. Pick a booklet up for your daily Lenten reading time or contact the church office if you would like to receive one by mail. If you would prefer an online reading for Lent, here are two options: ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving Devotional Calendar- ELCA-40Days-Calendar-2021 or Luther Seminary invites you to use the 2021 Lenten devotional, “Awesome Mystery” for personal use throughout the Lenten season. – Luther Lenten Devotional Large Text

Pastor Glenn’s Lenten Bible Study

This year Pastor Glenn will lead a six-session study of Psalms during the season of Lent. There will be two identical sessions via Zoom each week, Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm and Thursday mornings at 10:30 am. You may attend at either time. The studies will begin Ash Wednesday, February 17 and Thursday, February 18 and go through March 24-25.  The psalms to be studied include laments, praise psalms, instructional psalms, and even an acrostic psalm.  We will be using a study guide entitled “Songs of the Faithful”, which may be ordered through the office for $8.00. Guests and friends of members are always welcome.  Contact Nancy Britson to order a book and sign up-nancy@molive.org or 288-1580.

Sunday Psalm Prayer Every Sunday 4:30pm

Olive Branch Happenings

 

Mount Olive’s Welcome Statement

“We trust that God calls Mount Olive Lutheran Church to a ministry of reconciliation. We embrace as a gift the diversity of our neighborhood and the world, and we extend God’s hospitality by welcoming, hearing, and treasuring:

All gender identities and sexual orientations All races and ethnicities All ages and abilities
All economic statuses and education levels All faith journeys and personal histories

As Christ welcomes all, we too welcome the full inclusion of all people into the life, ministry, and sacraments of Mount Olive, joining in a journey toward greater love, understanding, and mutual respect.”

We are also an unapologetically Lutheran community of faith. This means:

                        • Our theology is centered in the life and death of Jesus Christ.
                        • We are part of a long line of historic churches which celebrate infant baptism and weekly Holy Communion.
                        • The Word of God is the norm and basis for our life together.

We are also part of one particular group of Lutherans – the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Through this group we are networked with thousands of other congregations, mission sites, social service agencies, and educational institutions that live out the faith of Jesus Christ in similar ways.

We believe Christ calls each person to some kind of ministry. We also believe that our lives are enriched when we do ministry together. You are welcome to explore your calling in this community of God’s people.