Upcoming Events

May 28:
No Saturday Service (Memorial Day Weekend)

May 29:
Summer Schedule Begins–8:00 AM and 9:30 AM Service

May 30:
Memorial Day (Church Office Closed)

June 15:
LCEF Luncheon
11:30 AM Cana Hall

June 15-26:
Minnesota Spoke Folk at Mount Olive

June 27-30:
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Key Verse:

I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:10-11 NIV


Praise and Worship: A Lifestyle
By Pastor Jon Haakana

During the month of May, there is much to celebrate: Mother’s Day—May 8, Pentecost Sunday, the birth day of the Christian church—May 15, Holy Trinity Sunday—May 22, and the day we remember the sacrifice of many for freedom, Memorial Day—May 30. We lift up our hands, our hearts, and our voices in praise and with thanksgiving for all the blessings God graciously gives us.

Here at Mount Olive we also set aside a Sunday to offer our God our praise with instrument and voice. This year our Praise Sunday will be on Pentecost Sunday on May 15. All our choirs and music groups will lead us in worship that day. But, what is praise? How do we praise God, and when? When is our praise pleasing to God?

Praise means “to commend, to applaud or magnify.” For the Christian, praise to God is an expression of worship, lifting up and glorifying the Lord. It is an expression of humbling ourselves and centering our attention upon the Lord with heart-felt expressions of love, adoration and thanksgiving. High praises bring our spirit into a pinnacle of fellowship and intimacy between ourselves and God — it magnifies our awareness of our spiritual union with the most high God. Praise transports us into the realm of the supernatural and into the powerful presence of God. “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord.” (Psalms 89:15).

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