Mount Olive Lutheran Church - Dallas

We would LOVE for YOU to join us ONLINE this Sunday and Wednesday! SUNDAY MORNING during Self Quarantine: 11 AM: Zoom Companionship Worship WEDNESDAY EVENING 7 PM Zoom Bible Study and Leader Check In Coming ... Attempting an Online Choir soon ...

St. Luke "Community" U.M.C. - Dallas

A Good Friday blessing, especially at 7:50 with a solo by South Dallas Concert Choir Director AJ Roberts.

Maundy Thursday Service “Love Each Other”: Service will start shortly at 8:00p.m. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

Companionship is shared in our Church, in our Community, anywhere really. But Companionship starts at Home, with those closest to us, our best Friends and Family. Our Children. Our Parents.

Learn more about Companionship Milestones at our first Mt. Olive Meal when the building reopens. Table Worship is an opportunity to create a peaceful ritual at home, at work, or in a restaurant, where two or three, or six or eight, or even twelve gather to mark an important moment or memory. Gift Stones can be given at Table Worship to any Faith Companion who celebrates an important moment or milestone in life.

To learn more about Milestones, connect in with our Companionship & Leadership Table Talk on Zoom, starting Thursday, April 16 at 7 PM. (All of our Bible Studies use the same code.)

A reminder from David W. Anderson of Milestones Ministry:

Rituals and Traditions in Taking Faith Home as another Devotional.
The Rituals and Traditions in Taking Faith Home provide a wonderful resource for individual our household devotions. The Rituals and Traditions are directly linked to the scriptures for the week. Prayers and caring conversations can easily fit into the Rituals and Traditions--and are often written right in them.
Here's our recommended format:
Start by reading the theme at the top of the page and the Prayer of the Week that's on the same page.
Read the Scripture Verse for This Week.
Read and do the recommended Rituals and Traditions from that week's TFH.
Close with personal prayers, the Lord's Prayer, and A Blessing to Give from TFH.

Tenor Part for #Hallelujah Virtual Choir - Mormon Tabernacle Choir

NEEDED: 10 Videos of any Favorite Song with the word HALLELUJAH or ALLELUIA in it. And please, wear white in your recording.
And please. We want to hear you. Or you and a friend. Or you and the family. Or you and the pets. Or you rapping the words to a Drumba beat. Make a JOYFUL noise unto the Lord!! JOY is appreciated. Singing ability is optional!!

Keep it about 30 seconds or less so you can post it in the comments below. And yes, we said any song with the word Hallelujah in it. So if Ray Charles' Hallelujah, I Love Her So is your choice, OK. Or Pete Seeger's, Hallelujah, I'm a Bum. I guess so. But. Amen!, by the Impressions, that Sidney Poitier made famous in Lilies of the Field, or Hallelujah, 'Tis Done, by Mahalia Jackson are probably preferred.

We have a whole list of other suggestions too. Google the phrases listed below and you should find an accompaniment track of some kind. And we would love it if you added your own selection to list. We will be collecting your offerings during the WHOLE SEASON of EASTER!!

Of course, if Leonard Cohen is your favorite "Hallelujah" jam, that one's TAKEN!!
That's the one Nikhil is working on. We may even post our first attempt today.
Because. For the first time ever: He's singing with me as I play the guitar. Those who know him well, know this is an Easter miracle.

Before Daddy knew of Nikhil's Autism Spectrum and sensory integration issues, he used to jam out on the guitar with his beautiful baby boy. But those squeals that sounded like joy were actually a protest of pain. And what seemed like a beaming smile was actually a grimace. So from the time Nikhil was old enough to communicate more clearly, he has treated Daddy's guitar as Public Enemy #1. For 10 years he has cried and screamed if he walked into a room and my guitar was out. If I picked it up to play he would take it away and return it to its case.

But yesterday, for the first time ever. The guitar came out. I asked him to sing the song with me. It was the song that he prepared with his Voice Teacher to sing at his first Christmas recital. His first time at a microphone. His first public solo. And now, his first video with Daddy accompanying on guitar. A Christmas miracle AND an Easter miracle.

What song with the word, Hallelujah!, captures the phrase "Easter Miracle" best for you? Perhaps you've always wanted to sing Handel's "Messiah" with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. We have links for that right here. You can pick your part, click a link below, and record yourself singing with them. Or do the same thing with any YouTube video. Play the YouTube on one device and record with another device, like your phone.

Record it. Post it. And tell us what about that song makes you think, "Easter Miracle!!" Thank you:


Hallelujah/Jesus is the Answer, Andre Crouch
Hallelujah, Joy Enriquez, Kirk Franklin
Revelations 19:1, Stephen A. Hurd
Hallelujah, Alicia Keys
Agnus Dei, Michael W. Smith
Glory, Casting Crowns
He Reigns, Newsboys
Hallelujah (Your Love is Amazing), Brenton Brown
Hallelujah, Amen! Reba McEntire
Seek Ye First, The Kingdom of God, Karen Lafferty
Michael Row the Boat Ashore, Pete Seeger
Kids Song, Praise Ye the Lord, Alleluia

LEAD ME, GUIDE ME HYMNAL (Red, African American Catholic)
Jesus Christ is Risen Today 58, LBW 151
Soon and Very Soon, 4
Battle Hymn of the Republic 6, LBW 332
Silent Night, 26
We Three Kings, 27
The Strife is O'er, the Battle Done 64, LBW 135
Christ is Arisen, Alleluia (Tanzania) 61
Woke Up This Morning 110
Since I Laid My Burden Down, 290
Alleluia, We Sing Your Praises, South African
Halle Halle Halle, Hal Hopson, Caribbean

All Creatures of our God and King LBW 527
For All the Saints LBW 174
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent LBW 198
Alleluia, Sing to Jesus LBW 158
Christ the Lord is Ris'n Today LBW 128
Christ is Risen! Alleluia! LBW 131
Now all the Vault of Heav'n Resound LBW 143
Good Christian Friends Rejoice and Sing LBW 144
Hallelujah! Jesus Lives LBW 147

Jump to 0:41 for the tenor part. We are inviting individual singers and choirs around the world to sing in a virtual worldwide choir. YouTube star Peter Holl...

PALM SUNDAY @ the Mt. of Olives, April 5, 2020


With a bit of imagination, a touch of technology, and a willingness to innovate in interesting times ... a few handfuls of tremendously dedicated individuals can do that. Well. God can do that through willing disciples!!

None of us had attempted Zoom Worship before March. Or wanted to. And we rarely used it for meetings. Technology has not been our asset. Old fashioned communication has. As a small congregation we care for each other well.

So social distancing is a dire threat. The threat of Zoom Bombing has generated a real concern. But we gather together to lean on each other ... as we encourage each other to to lean on God. And so Zoom Worship ... and Bible Study is becoming our way to let God ... Holy Spirit Bomb us ... online.

Huge shout out to Pathways2Promise Executive Director Rev. Jermine Alberty for his dedicated partnership and technical support. Jessica Dexter, our Companionship Movement trainer has offered us a model for supporting each other in crisis that keeps us focused on staying connected. Walking together. Reaching out persistently. Practicing a Side by Side faith while building Circles of Care.

If you are a small congregation looking to grow closer ... to God ... and each other ... rather than grow larger ... this is a ministry worth considering. It’s not ours. But we value Companions.

Zoom is not for everyone. But it’s helping us see technology as more of an ally than a threat. And Companionship is helping us find new partners. Everywhere.

Let us know if you’d like to learn more!!
Prayers for you, your family, and your community. Now and always. LIVE from Jerusalem, A Procession of Palms ANNOUNCEMENTS WE ARE MARCHING IN THE LIGHT OF GOD! A Holy Week of MARY & JESUS Worship: Hebrew Worship was based in the HOME LIVE: Palm Sunday Zoom Reader’s Drama LIVE: Wednesday Zoom Bible Study on Passover

MAUNDY THURSDAY: A Seder Meal in Your Home

MAUNDY THURSDAY: A Seder Meal in Your Home
Instructions for the April 9, 2020
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
Maundy Thursday Fun Family Facebook Photo Contest
PRIZES for participants from Milestones Ministry: Grow the Church by Growing People in Faith

Tonight, on Maundy Thursday during Holy Week, since we can't do a Seder Meal together at church ... we will:

1) Sit at a table or in the living room together at home (hopefully less than 10 people ;-) )
2) Check into Pastor Todd's Blog (link here) and pick at least three links from the devotional and watch them them together.
3) Vote on our favorite link as a family.
4) Tell one bible story OR sing one bible song together
5) In the comments below, post a PHOTO of our Family Together

EXTRA CREDIT for any of the following in your PHOTO:
1) One point for every candle visible
2) One point for every visible smile that shows teeth
3) A bottle of horseradish or an actual fresh horseradish root
4) A piece of Matzah
5) An egg
6) A green leafy vegetable (or a palm branch or BOTH)
7) A bible
8) A piece of clothing or decoration from Africa (Egypt)
9) A sign that says SEDER or MAUNDY THURSDAY

Points double if it's a VIDEO and you sing at least one line or more of a favorite Holy Week song together.

Milestones Ministry is a helpful tool for Taking Faith Home and Passing on the Faith through Gifting Stones. See more here: or CLICK HERE on or after Tuesday, April 7 for a Maundy Thursday DFW Online Worship Resource List AND/OR your Instructions for the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Maundy Thursday Fun Family Facebook Photo Contest. WHY IS THIS NIGHT DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHER NIGHTS? Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (Message) - Write these co...

How to Light Shabbat Candles | My Jewish Learning

A GOOD FRIDAY Facebook Video Vigil
Do ONE of these seven or ALL SEVEN, if you can.

VIDEO one Prayer (waving your hands over the candle three times this way, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit ... or for your Family, your Community, and your World)

Please POST your VIDEO in the Comments below
This outline uses the FAITH5 (Share, Read, Pray, Talk, Bless) devised by Rich Melheim in the book Holding Your Family Together and available through Faith Inkubators.

A) SIT: At a TABLE or in a CIRCLE
with ONE Candle
or up to SEVEN.

B) SHARE: Everyone shares one HIGH point of the week and one LOW point of the week.

C) LIGHT, READ, TALK, & PRAY up to Seven Times

1) LUKE 23:34 - Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

LIGHT Candle #1, READ surrounding text and TALK about a phrase that touches your HEART.

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha’Olam,
May this candle be a light for you to enlighten me, Lord. May it be a fire for you to burn out of me all pride, selfishness and impurity. May it be a flame for you to bring warmth into my heart; warmth towards my family, my neighbours and all whom I meet. Help me to forgive, especially those that are hardest to forgive.

2) Luke 23:43 - Verily, I say unto you, today thou shalt be with me in paradise.

LIGHT Candle #2, READ surrounding text and TALK about a phrase that makes you HOPEFUL.

Blessed art You, LORD our God, King of the universe,
who has given to us holidays, customs, and seasons of happiness,
for the glory of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, the light of the world.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יהוה אֱלהֵנוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם
אֲשֶׁר נָתַן לָנוּ חַגִּים, חֻקּוֹת, וּמוֹעֲדִים לְשִׂמְחָה
לִכְבוֹד יֵשׁוּעַ הַמָּשִׁיחַ אֲדוֹנֵינוּ, אוֹר הָעוֹלָם

bah·rookh at·tah Adonai E·loh·hei·noo me·lekh hah·oh·lahm,
a·sher nah·tan lah·noo chag·geem, choo·kot, oo'moh·a·deem le·seem·chah,
leekh·vohd Ye·shoo·a ha·mah·shee·ach a·doh·ney·noo, ohr hah·oh·lahm

Candles 3-7 are listed in the Comments below: As a ceremonial object or art, the candle is generally overlooked, yet it has great significance. Whether intended for practical ...

How to ZOOM Worship with US

Pastor Todd is inviting you to a scheduled ZOOM WORSHIP SERVICE.
Meeting ID: 619 327 455

Topic: March 29 Companionship Worship at 11 AM
Time: 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada).

HOW we will ZOOM WORSHIP AND SOCIAL DISTANCE? A Commitment to WORSHIP is central to the 6 COMPANIONSHIP VALUES of Mount Olive Lutheran Church during this NEW NORMAL (see below, at the END of this post). Meeting ID: 619 327 455 HOW we will ZOOM WORSHIP AND SOCIAL DISTANCE? Sunday, March 29 at 11 AM Pastor Todd is invi...

How to ZOOM Worship with US

Zoom Worship every Sunday at 11 AM!! A Commitment to WORSHIP is central to the 6 COMPANIONSHIP VALUES of Mount Olive Lutheran Church during this NEW NORMAL (see below, at the END of this post). Meeting ID: 570 280 8137 HOW we will ZOOM WORSHIP AND SOCIAL DISTANCE? Sunday, March 22 at 11 AM Pastor Todd is in...

Ten Commandment Rap

Love, Love, LOVE this.
Thinking of a 10 Commandments theme for Lent 2019. Check it out!!

PHCA 7th graders Rap the Ten Commandments.

A Seat at the Table: A Community Conversation & Strategy Session

Pastor Todd is registered for this event.
He has one extra ticket if anyone is interested!! Join us for an exciting one-day workshop that brings together community advocates, alongside South Dallas residents, to discuss issues on community expansion, racial justice, and education. Featuring a community fish fry and Keynote Speaker, rapper and activist, David Banner. Free for South Dallas R...

Saturday, November 3
8 AM to 1 PM

St. John's Lutheran Church
2939 Sunnyvale St., Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas 75216

Door Prizes: 8 AM - 1 PM
Face Painting & Refreshments: 10 AM - 1 PM
Garage Sale (8am), Craft Sale (9am),
Health Screenings & Voting Info (10am),
Games (11 am)
Contact Pastor Doris Harris for more info!!

3028 Malcolm X, Fair Park, Dallas, TX
Just Past MLK Community Center

6:30 - 8:30 PM

The United Methodist Church is in Full Communion with us
(the ELCA). Pastor Todd is going and hoping to bring his family ... and taking pictures!! Join us ... and bring the family too!!

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