Holy Week at Mount Olivet
Our worship services and events observing the last days of Jesus' life and the conclusion to 40 days of Lent.
sUNDAY, APRIL 9
9am & 10:45am Worship:
- Entry: Make sure to pick up a palm frond in the Welcome Center to participate in the Passion Story.
- The Passion Story: Narration of Jesus' entry to his death and crucifixion.
Pancake breakfast fundraiser
9:30 - 11am Fireside Room:
- Stop by Fireside room for pancakes, sausage, and fruit!
- Your free-will donation will directly support our summer mission trip youth and adult leaders.
Passion Sunday (or Palm Sunday) commemorates Jesus' entry and welcome into Jerusalem.
After months of traveling and preaching, Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem was both joyous and foreboding. He was greeted by crowds who lay their cloaks on the road before him, waved palms in the air, and shouted,
‘Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord— the King of Israel!’ (NRSV, John 12:12-13.)
Jesus knew what was to come, and had already warned his disciples. These shouts of praise would soon turn to shouts of condemnation.
THURSDAY, April 13
- Holy Communion: The Lord's supper will be served - Mount Olivet 5th Graders will receive communion marking the completion of their communion milestone event in February.
- Stripping of the Altar: The service will end in silence as the altar is stripped bare.
- Pie Reception: Following worship there will be pie served in the Fireside room celebrating our 5th Graders.
Maundy comes from the Latin word "Mandatum", meaning mandate or command, and refers to Jesus' new commandment during the Last Supper with his Apostles,
"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” (NRSV, John 13:34-34.)
During supper, Jesus instituted the Eucharist (Holy Communion,)
Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood" (NRSV, Luke 22:19.)
friday, April 14
6:45am in Fireside Room
- Kelly & Holly Guncheon will speak on finding their place in God's unfolding story - how their faith and passion for social justice intersects with the world.
7am-7pm in Worship Center
- The Worship Center will be available as a quiet area to light a candle, pray, or be still in a sacred place. Open to all in the MO community.
- The Passion: A solemn service narrating Jesus' last moments leading to the cross and crucifixion.
- Shrouded Cross: The cross will be adorned with a black shroud and the crown of thorns.
Good Friday is the solemn observation of Jesus' crucifixion and death.
While the day is a somber reminder of the grief associated with the death of God's only begotten son, the act of sacrificing Himself for the sake of all was an ultimate expression of good.