Advent & Christmas at Mount Olivet

Angels Then & Now

Sunday Worship

Worship with us at 9, 10, & 11am or Click here to livestream the Sunday Service

Sunday, 11/27 – First Sunday of Advent
Gabriel Visits Zachariah – Luke 1:2-20
Mpls Campus Preacher: Pastor Ruud
West Campus Preacher: Pastor MacLean

Sunday, 12/4 – Second Sunday of Advent
Gabriel Visits Mary – Luke 1:26-38
Mpls Campus Preacher: Pastor Lose
West Campus Preacher: Pastor Cieslik

Sunday, 12/11 – Third Sunday of Advent
An Angel Visits Joseph –  Matthew 1:18-25
Mpls Campus Preacher: Pastor Dixon
West Campus Preacher: Pastor Lose

Sunday, 12/18 – Fourth Sunday of Advent & Christmas Communion
The Angels and the Shepherds– Luke 2:5-15
Mpls Campus Preacher: Pastor Hammersten
West Campus Preacher: Pastor Freeman

Worship Opportunities

In-Person Service of Remembrance – Tuesday,12/6, 6:30pm at West, or Tuesday, 12/13, 6:30pm at Mpls.
This service features a time of healing and reflection with peaceful harp music, a vocal soloist, and a time to light a candle in memory of your loved one. If you would like the first and last name of your loved one read during the service, please register here or contact Julie Goodman at 612.767.2208 or The service on Tuesday, 12/13 at 6:30pm will be livestreamed here.

Christmas Concert – Sunday, 12/11, 3pm & 5pm, or livestream here
These beautiful concerts, presented by Mount Olivet Choirs, are a special holiday experience that will provide both the sights and sounds of the Christmas season. Come, be surrounded by the beauty of choral and instrumental Christmas music, and join in the singing of beloved seasonal hymns that proclaim Christ’s birth. These concerts are open to the entire community, free of charge, and one hour in length. Invite friends and loved ones to join you for these concerts either in person or by watching online at Leave with the peace of Christ glowing inside you, ready to approach the season with the joy and wonder that comes with the celebration of Christ’s birth! Admission is free.

Christmas Day Worship – Sunday, 12/25, 10am
Pastor MacLean preaching at the Mpls Campus and Pastor Kalland preaching at the West Campus.
Nursery will not be offered at this service

New Year’s Eve Service – Saturday, 12/31, 7pm Worship, 7:45pm Potluck (in-person and livestream)
All are welcome to attend, with a special invitation to those working programs of recovery. Cookies and Coffee in Fellowship Hall following the worship service. 

New Year’s Day Worship – Sunday, 1/1/23, 10am
Pastor Freeman preaching at the Mpls Campus and Pastor Cieslik preaching at the West Campus.
Nursery will not be offered at this service.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Service – Saturday, 12/24
2-9pm & 10pm candlelight service, Mpls Campus
1pm: Special Christmas Eve Instrumental Concert *
2-4pm: Cathedral Choir and Orchestra
5 & 6pm: Instrumental Solo and Vocal Duet with Orchestra
7-9pm: Senior Choir and Orchestra
10pm: Candlelight service with Senior Choir and Orchestra
*Thanks to the generous donation of a Mount Olivet family we are pleased to offer this special musical program.

2-5pm & 6pm candlelight service, West Campus
2 & 3pm: Cathedral Choir and String Quartet and Harp
4 & 5pm: Senior Choir and String Quartet and Harp
6pm: Candlelight service with Senior Choir, String Quartet, and Harp

Join in the celebration of the birth of Jesus by worshiping in person at either campus or livestream on the hour from 2pm-10pm here. Livestream will only be from the Mpls Campus. Dial-in option will be available during the 2pm service at the Mpls Campus. To dial-in, call 1.833.775.1238.

Nursery will be offered at 2, 3, & 4pm at both campuses.

These joyous services will include an inspirational sermon and the reading of the beloved Christmas scripture interspersed with numerous congregational Christmas carols. Choirs of all ages, special duets, and solos, all accompanied by orchestra, will provide beautiful music to enhance the importance of this meaningful evening. The final candlelight service of the evening ends with the singing of Silent Night as the congregation lights individual candles and shares the light of Christ with each other.

Service Opportunities and Events

Christmas for All Drop-Off – Sundays, 11/20 & 11/27, 8:30-11am & Wednesday, 11/30, 5-7pm
Donate an unwrapped gift for Love, INC., Redeemer Lutheran Church & Southside Family Nurturing Center. A list of suggested gifts can be found here. Give Here.

Day Advent Journey – Tuesday, 11/29, 9:30am-3pm, Conference & Retreat Center
This Day Advent Journey explores the presence of angels throughout the Bible. Join Pastor Cieslik and the Conference & Retreat Center staff (the Revs. Theresa Latini, Jeremy Bork, and Annie Langseth) in wondering together: Do we believe in angels? Do we belong with them? Do we become like them when we die? Expect to have your image of angels changed and your heart opened anew to God’s mystery and creativity as we examine weird angels in the Bible and sing about angels in Advent hymns. We will have a special session on Nature in Advent with Dan Kahl as well.
Cost is $20 for lunch and program. Register at least 24 hours in advance here.
Bus transportation is available for $10 from West (8:30am), 7500 York (8:30am), and Mpls Campus (9am). To register for the bus, choose your bus stop location (West Campus, 7500 York, or Mpls Campus) in the “Additional Items” section of the registration. Please note that a minimum of 10 people is required for each bus. Therefore, bus reservation is required 72 hours in advance. If bus service has to be cancelled, a 48-hour notice will be given.

MOCW Lutefisk Dinner – Friday, 12/2, 3-7pm, Mpls Campus
Join us for the 92nd Lutefisk Dinner. Meals will include lutefisk, Swedish meatballs, rutabagas, boiled potatoes, pickled beets, and yes of course butter or white sauce!
Advanced online ticket sales are required and are available at here. $25 adults, $5 kids 12 and under. Questions? Contact the church office at 612.926.7651.

Christmas Homebound Communion Service & Luncheon – Saturday, 12/3, 11am-1pm, Mpls Campus
A service of Holy Communion, followed by lunch in Fellowship Hall for our homebound members and family. Please join us for this special time of food and fellowship. To register for this event contact Julie Goodman at 612.767.2208 or If transportation is needed or if you are able to provide a ride to one of our homebound members, please contact Julie Goodman.

Messiah Sing – Sunday, 12/4, 3pm, Mpls Campus Sanctuary
Grab your Christmas sweater and choir friends to join Mount Olivet for a fun and casual community sing-a-long of Handel’s Messiah! This festive forty-five-minute sing-a-long is sure to invigorate your Christmas spirit with great music, comradery, and performances by Mount Olivet’s fantastic soloists and musicians.

Sunday, 12/4, 4-6pm gathering, 5pm tree lighting, Mpls Campus on James Ave
Join us as we light the Mount Olivet Christmas Tree on 50th and James Ave in Mpls! We will gather around our tree, share a song, and light up our small corner of south Minneapolis with grateful anticipation of the Savior and light of the world. There will be music, food, an opportunity to purchase Christmas trees and wreaths, and even Santa and reindeer will be available for pictures!

MOCW Coat & Mitten Mitten Drive – through Thursday, 12/15
Donate new non-handmade mittens, hats, scarves, warm boots, and coats of all sizes for those who are experiencing homelessness. Donations can be dropped off at either campus. Warm your heart and someone’s hands by donating  items for those less fortunate.

Poinsettia Chancel Garden

Donate here through December 4.

Your donation helps beautify the sanctuaries during the Christmas season, as well as honor or memorialize your loved ones. Personal dedications for these gifts will be listed in the Christmas Day bulletin on Saturday, December 25.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Jody Barbee at 952.767.1501 or

Advent Devotional

This year’s Advent Devotional is written by Senior Pastor, David Lose and is available for pick up at the Mpls and West Campuses beginning Sunday, November 27. Sign-up to receive the devotions here, or download the Advent Devotional Booklet here.

Online Christmas Gifts

A gift that goes beyond our usual offering – thank you for fulfilling your pledge and capital campaign commitment! – your Christmas offering allows us to finish the year on strong financial footing for all our ministries and reach out in love and mercy to those in our community who are most vulnerable.

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