Advent & Christmas with Mount Olivet

Emmanuel "God with Us"

Advent Calendar 2020

Sunday Worship

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Sunday, 11/29 – First Sunday of Advent
Gabriel visits Mary – Luke 1:26-38, Sermon: Pastor Kalland

Sunday, 12/6 – Second Sunday of Advent
Mary visits Elizabeth – Luke 1:39-56, Sermon: Pastor Hammersten

Sunday, 12/13 – Third Sunday of Advent
Gabriel visits Joseph – Matthew 1:18-25, Sermon: Pastor Lose

Sunday, 12/20 – Fourth Sunday of Advent & Communion Sunday
Emmanuel, Wonderful Counselor – Isaiah 7:10-14, 9:6-7, Sermon: Pastor Ruud

Sunday, 12/27 First Sunday of Christmas
Anna and Simeon – Luke 2:22-38, Sermon: Pastor Dixon

Worship Opportunities

In-Person Open Prayer
Wednesdays, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23: 10am-12noon & 6-7pm, & 12/30: 10am-12noon only, Mpls & West Campus.

In-Person Holy Communion – Wednesday, 12/2, 12noon & 7pm, register here.

In-Person Service of Remembrance – Tuesday,12/8 at Mpls 7pm, Wednesday, 12/9 at Mpls 1pm, Tuesday, 12/15 at West 7pm, Wednesday, 12/16 at West 1pm OR watch online starting on 12/8.
This Advent & Christmas Season, we encourage you to join us in celebrating the life and memory of your loved one(s) by attending the Service of Remembrance. This year, we are offering both an in-person, and a recorded, version of this service. Registration for in-person worship is limited to 40.  Please register here if you’d like to attend one of the in-person worship service.

Christmas Concert – Available for viewing on Sunday, 12/13
Last year was the first time our annual Christmas Concert was filmed professionally from beginning to end. Providence, one might say. Pastor Lose and Dr. Beverly Claflin will share new thoughts about the beauty and importance of this concert that is so loved by standing-room-only crowds, and how the 800+ musicians cherish this opportunity to praise the new-born Christ child each year through the glory of music. You will also hear all of our pastors share the familiar readings. 

Christmas Day Communion Service – Watch of Friday, 12/25
Sermon: Pastor MacLean

New Year’s Eve Service – Friday, 12/31, 7pm, via Zoom
To attend the Zoom service, please register here. Sermon: Pastor Kalland

Christmas Eve "O, Come, Let Us Adore Him"

Christmas Eve Service – Watch on Thursday, 12/24 or Radio Broadcast on WDGY 740AM at 2pm
Join in the celebration of the birth of Jesus by watching our Mount Olivet Christmas Eve service on 12/24. There will be familiar scripture and carols, a sermon by Pastor Lose, and a virtual choir singing Mount Olivet’s beloved Peace, Peace.

Live-Streamed Christmas Eve Candle-Lighting – Watch on Thursday, 12/24 at 11pm
At 11pm on Christmas Eve, you are invited to join in the live-streamed Christmas Eve Candle-lighting. What a joy to know that thousands of us will gather as we can, see our pastors live as we all light a candle, and sing Silent Night together. May the spirit and joy of Christmas fill all our hearts in this treasured moment.

Service Opportunities and Events

Community Candle-lighting and Signing – 12/24 at 6:30pm
Join with Lutherans around the metro and country, step outside your home, light a candle, get ready to sing Silent Night, and pray for God’s peace and goodwill to fill the hearts of all!

Christmas Greetings with Pastors and Staff  – Sundays, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 5-7pm, Mpls Campus
On these Advent Sunday evenings, your pastors and staff want to greet you and yours as you drive-through and enjoy the sparkling illumination of the Christmas Festival of Lights.

At these Christmas Greetings, you can:
Pick up your communion elements for Christmas Communion on 12/20
Pick up a candle for the 11pm live-streamed Christmas Eve candle-lighting
Drop off donations for our community partners:
New socks (wool preferred)
New underwear (for bodies of all sizes)
Paper grocery bags with handles for our Community Meals
Drop off your Christmas offering gift. 

Our greatest wish is to see YOU and wish you a Merry Christmas! 

Christmas Festival of Lights – 11/29-12/30, starting daily at 5pm, Mpls Campus
One of the best parts of the Christmas season is all the lights… lights on our trees… lights as we drive about town… lights on our homes… and this year there is a 1,000,000+ drive-thru light show at the State Fair! 

Mount Olivet wanted to get in on lighting up the world so, beginning 11/29 and running through 12/30, the Minneapolis Campus will be decked out with a Christmas glow. We hope these lights brighten your hearts and give you a joy-filled moment this season… and you might see an angel or two! Come and see! 

Christmas for All Drop-Off – Monday,11/30, 4-6pm at the Mpls Campus OR Wednesday, 12/2, 4-6pm at the West Campus
Donate an unwrapped gift for Love, INC., Redeemer Lutheran Church & Southside Family Nurturing Center. A list of suggested gifts can be found here. 

Day Advent Journey DAY – Tuesday, 12/1, 9am-12noon, via Zoom
Begin this holiday season by learning about the rituals and music of Advent. During a mixture of live online presentations and recorded presentations, we will discover the history and meaning of Advent candles, wreaths, calendars, caroling, fasting, and more. Each ritual will be introduced to you by a Mount Olivet pastor or staff member. Pastor David Lose and Rev. Dr. Theresa Latini, Executive Director of the Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center, will share live sessions on the origins of Advent and practicing Advent at home in a pandemic. Pastor Kurt Kalland will lead us in closing worship. Click here to register.

“The Story Behind The Nativity Story” with Pastor Lose – Available for viewing on Tuesday, 12/1 here

It’s a story we know so well – the census at Bethlehem, Joseph and Gabriel, shepherds, angels, Mary, magi, and more. Except… except that no single Gospel holds all these beloved scenes. In fact, they actually present quite different accounts of the nativity. Yet when we read these stories together, we’re blessed with a much richer understanding of Jesus’ birth. Pastor Lose will share insight into Two-and-a-half Nativity stories found (or not found) in the Gospels.

Early Christmas Meal Delivery – Saturday, 12/5, 11am-1pm
If you would like to deliver an early Christmas meal from church to one (or more) of our members on December 5 between 11am & 1pm, please contact Ann LaBree at 612.767.2288 or annl@ Ann will match you with a member, and contact you with the delivery information. Please consider this opportunity during Advent to bring joy and a meal to someone – while social distancing. Thank you!

Greet & Give Donation Drive – Monday, 12/7, 4-6pm at Mpls Campus OR Monday, 12/21, 4-6pm, at the West Campus
To view a list of suggested items to donate, please click here.

Gingerbread Take-Home Box – Saturday, 12/12 pick-up form 10-11am
Bring our beloved Children & Family Ministry tradition home with you this year! The take home kit includes a gingerbread house, frosting, treats for decorating – activities for the family, and more!

MOCW Mitten Drop-Off – through Wednesday, 12/16
Donate new winter hats, scarves, mittens and gloves at the Greet & Give Drives, Christmas for All drop off times, and during Open Prayer on Wednesdays at both campuses.

Conference & Retreat Center Christmas Festival – Saturday, 12/19, 4-7pm
Enjoy an evening full of Christmas activities, crafts, and food! See your favorite Mount Olivet Pastor dressed as Sinterklass as they read a Christmas story on the outdoor patio. Take your picture with live reindeer at the Christmas sleigh. Take a short walk to the cross to light a candle and say a prayer. After making your own Tomten craft, grab a warm bowl of chili, a hot drink, and a Christmas cookie to enjoy. And don’t forget to take a swing at the Christmas piñata! Social distancing and safety protocols will be practiced.

Advent Devotional

This year, the Advent Devotions have been written by our beloved Senior Choir, mailed to your home, with additional booklets available at each campus. You can also sign-up to receive these devotions here, or download the Advent Devotional Booklet here.

December Messenger

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