Fellowship and Follow-ship

“Fellowship” is a word we have been using in the church for generations. It is a biblical word used twenty-six times in both testaments.

Fellowship means “friendly association, especially with people who share one’s interests.” It’s a word we use often here at Mount Olivet, frequently in connection with social events with food. Table fellowship with food in the New Testament led to Agape (love) feasts (our Holy Communion). It was and is powerful in knitting us together. Volunteer activities also promote fellowship as there is nothing like working together for a good cause. We become bonded to each other. The recent Garage Sale was a great example of such a working fellowship.

Biblical fellowship is a fellowship in Christ, worshipping together, praying together, and encouraging one another in faith development. Our fellowship is rich at Mount Olivet. It mirrors New Testament practice: in worship our hands reach in two directions – one toward God so that we have fellowship with him, while our other hand reaches toward our neighbor that we may have fellowship with one another. “That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3).

Summer at Mount Olivet offers a variety of times and worship experiences and many times to grow our friendships in the church:

Mount Olivet Sunday Worship Summer worship hours:
Minneapolis Campus – 9, 10, 11am; Communion service 8:30am
West Campus – 9, 10am; Communion service 8:30am
Coffee & Fellowship after each service.

Conference & Retreat Center Midweek Services Worship continues Wednesdays through August 10. Each service features liturgies from Evening Prayer “Vespers” and Compline “Prayer at the Close of the Day,” let by Mount Olivet pastors. See page 9 for more details.

Cathedral of the Pines Evening and Sunday Services Visitors are welcome to worship at the 7:30pm or the 10am Sunday morning worship. Join in with “Sing When the Day is Bright” as you look out across Caribou Lake in Lutsen, MN.

Prayer & Praise Services Wednesdays Mpls Campus 10am followed by coffee fellowship.

The Distribution of Food In the book of Acts, part of the key to fellowship was the distribution of food in an equitable way. No practice is more important to the Christian than that we share our daily bread with those who are hungry. It is the clearest mandate from our Lord. Mount Olivet has given generously to the ELCA World Hunger Fund, we serve in shelters and soup kitchens, and three times a year have a gathering of food items to share. July 17 will be our next opportunity. There will be a chance to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables to give away. In this time, let us have a great outpouring as a measure of our love.

Finally, it has been my conviction that the strength of a congregation lies in how well people know one another. That is why social activities and volunteerism, in addition to our Bible studies and small group fellowships, are so important. “Fellowship and Follow-ship” go hand in hand. If I want to follow Jesus, I need to go hand-in-hand with you.

Pastor Dennis Johnson
Interim Senior Pastor