Dec. 5 Worship Bulletin

Midweek Advent Worship

On Wednesday evenings in Advent at 6:30 pm, we will worship in the sanctuary using Holden Evening Prayer as the liturgy. Additionally, we will celebrate Holy Darkness, which draws on some learnings of those who have engaged in anti-racism work. The themes of these services will embrace the darkness of these long Advent nights as a place where we encounter the beauty and mystery of God. Each week will offer a different emphasis:
December 1 – “Darkness is Holy”
December 8 – “Darkness is Beautiful”
December 15 – “Darkness Holds Promise”
December 22 – “Darkness Holds God”

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.