Lent & Easter

Who Is Jesus?

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 22, Ash Wednesday
Mpls Campus: 7am, *12noon, 5 & Youth-led *7pm
West Campus: 5 & Youth-led 7pm
*Streaming the Mpls Campus services here at 12noon & 7pm.

Join us for a service of Holy Communion on Wednesday, February 22.

Holy Week

Sunday, April 2, Palm Sunday: The Triumphal Entry – Mark 9:14-27, Sermon by Pastor Cieslik at the Mpls Campus & by Pastor Freeman at the West Campus
Service Times are at 9, 10 & 11am at both campuses
This morning’s worship will be a festive service with brass quartet, timpani, and choirs all celebrating Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem. Come to lift your voice and wave palm branches with Senior, Cathedral, Hosanna, and Chapel Choirs for the Palm Sunday processionals. Join with the whole congregation in singing, “Hosanna to the King!” Communion services to remember the sacrifice that was made on our behalf in the crucifixion of our Lord. Livestream here.

Wednesday, April 5, The Seven Last Words of Christ Concert
Service at 7pm at the Mpls Campus
This beloved Holy Week musical event is back after a two-year absence. If you are a Cathedral Choir alum, please join us for a review rehearsal on Wednesday, April 5 at 6pm in the rehearsal hall before the performance at 7pm. Two classes of our High School singers have never sung this work. They will need your experienced voices to join and support them this year more than ever. All singers must be vaccinated and fully masked. Watch the livestream service here.

Thursday, April 6, Maundy Thursday
Service at 7pm at the Mpls and West Campuses
Watch the livestream service here.

Friday, April 7, Good Friday
Mpls Campus: 7am, 12noon, 5pm and 7pm (Tenebrae service)
West Campus: 5pm and 7pm (Tenebrae service)
The 5pm service will be streamed here.

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 9, Easter Sunday Worship
Mpls Campus: 7, 8, 9, 10, & 11am.
West Campus: 8, 9, 10, & 11am.

Join us for a joyful worship service celebrating the risen Christ! We hear God’s word and join in song with the choirs and brass in proclaiming that “Christ has risen indeed!”

Livestream the services here.

Lenten Wednesday Service: Images of Jesus

Images of Jesus
Wednesdays, 12noon at the Mpls Campus

During our Lenten Wednesday Service, our pastors will highlight some of their favorite images of Jesus from the world of art and share how these images help them better understand Jesus and his presence and impact in our lives.

Midweek schedule:
March 1 with Pastor Cieslik (Communion Service)
March 8 with Pastor Dixon
March 15 with Pastor Hammersten
March 22 with Pastor Ruud
March 29 with Pastor MacLean
April 1 with Pastor Freeman (Communion Service)

Lenten Truth Talks

And at our Lenten Wednesday Truth Talks, we’ll employ our faith in Jesus to help us find greater calm and peace in a stressful post-pandemic world. 

Each Truth Talk will start at 6:30pm.

Dates Include:
March 1, West Campus
March 15, Mpls Campus
March 22 West Campus
March 29 Mpls Campus

Sundays in Lent - "Who Is Jesus?"

In Sunday Worship, we’ll explore stories in the Gospel of John where Jesus actually says who he is through a variety of images and metaphors. These passages are often call the “I Am” statements because Jesus begins them by saying “I am the bread of life” (or the good shepherd, the light of the world, and the resurrection and the life). How do these statements and metaphors help us imagine who Jesus can be for us amid the challenges and opportunities of daily life?

February 26: I Am the Bread of Live – John 6:25-35 (v35), Sermon by Pastor Ruud at the Mpls Campus & by Pastor Freeman at the West Campus
March 5: I Am the Light of the World – John 8:12-20 (v12), Sermon by Pastor Hammersten at the Mpls Campus & by Pastor MacLean at the West Campus
March 12: I Am the Good Shepherd – John 10:11-18 (v11,14), Sermon by Pastor MacLean at the Mpls Campus & by Pastor Lose at the West Campus
March 19: I am the Resurrection and the Life – John 11:17-27 (v25), Sermon by Pastor Lose at the Mpls Campus & by Pastor Hammersten at the West Campus
March 26: I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life – John 14:1-6 (v6), Sermon by Pastor Dixon at the Mpls Campus & by Pastor Hammersten at the West Campus

Lenten Devotional

The 2023 Lenten Devotional is written by your Mount Olivet Pastors will look at some of the “Names of Jesus” used across Scripture: Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Alpha and Omega, and more. 

Download the PDF version coming soon

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Easter Chancel Flowers

Order here through March 19.

Thank you for purchasing a plant for our Easter Chancel Garden. Your purchase helps beautify the sanctuaries on Easter Sunday, as well as honor or memorialize your loved ones. Personal dedications for these gifts will be listed in the Easter Sunday bulletin on Sunday, April 9.

At the end of the form you will be redirected to a link to purchase your plant(s). Each plant is $25.

Easter plants can be picked up at both campuses on Sunday, April 9 after the 11am service until 12:30pm or on Tuesday, April 11 from 9am-12noon.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Jody Barbee at 952.767.1501 or at jbarbee@mtolivet.org.

Easter Gifts

If you wish to help with Easter Gifts this year, here are ways you can give!

Via Envelope: send back the remittance envelope that was mailed to you in your Easter mailing.

Via Realm: Give here

If you have any questions, contact us! We are here to help. Contact Tricia Lerohl-Morgan in our finance office at 612.767.2255 or by email at tricial@mtolivet.org.