Every church has its own style of worship. We think you’ll enjoy the services at Mt. Olive, but as in any church, it may take a couple of Sundays to become accustomed to our way of praising God and proclaiming what he has done. Each week the service is printed in the worship folder. All the Scripture readings, hymns, and prayers are printed there for you. You are certainly welcome to bring along your own Bible and follow along if you choose.
Worship at Mt. Olive is liturgical worship; that is, it follows a pattern of worship – the liturgy – used in the Christian Church for almost 2,000 years. Our worship services have one major theme. The sermon, hymns, and prayers all revolve around the Scripture readings for that week. The services usually include the following parts in a variety of forms:
We call on the name of our Savior God as we praise him.
Admitting Sins and Finding Forgiveness
We acknowledge that we have not always done what God asks. Then we are assured of forgiveness because of what Jesus Christ has done for us.
We hear selections from God’s Old Testament prophets, Jesus’ apostles, and from Jesus himself in the Gospels. The pastor also gives a brief explanation of each reading.
Our pastor offers instruction and encouragement in a Bible-based sermon and Christ-centered preaching. We hear how we can expect God’s guidance and grace for dealing with problems, as well as the promise of eternal life in heaven through Jesus. Watch the latest sermon:
Response to the Word
We respond with offerings, hymns, and prayers for the things God has promised to us and for strength to do what he has asked
We hear one last assurance of God’s care.
Mixed throughout these different parts of our service are hymns and short songs to praise God. Our worship uses traditional forms and modern language and application. The traditional brings us the best from God’s Church throughout the ages, and the contemporary brings God’s promises and his will into our daily lives. We hope you enjoy both.
What to wear is not an issue at Mt. Olive; we welcome those who dress more formally and those who prefer casual clothing.
You may wish at first to learn more about our ministry before bringing your offerings to God through our church. The Bible teaches that our offerings to God should reflect our belief that all we have is his gift to us. It teaches us that with our offerings we worship and honor God. Like most Christians, our members bring offerings to God through their church. Since offerings are gifts of love for God, no one dictates what each person is to give. We pass an offering plate during the service so that our worship may include bringing gifts to God. We look to Christ and his love to motivate us in our giving, whether it is a child putting in coins or an adult writing out a check. You may wish at first to learn more about our church before you give an offering, but you are always welcome to participate as your heart leads you to give.
Many services at Mt. Olive include Holy Communion. We believe that gathering together at God’s altar to receive Holy Communion is a testimony of the confession and commitment we share as members of the Lutheran Church. We ask guests who are not members of our denomination to speak with the pastor before joining us at the altar so that all may have a clear understanding of our faith and practice.