The Invisible Cross

by Pastor Jon Haakana

February 14 is Ash Wednesday which marks the 40-day period leading up to Holy Week and Easter. Lent is a season of prayer, fasting and repentance. We mark the beginning of this season by placing a cross of ashes on our forehead (or the back of the hand) on Ash Wednesday. “Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:6 NIV

Being honest, it felt a little weird growing up and having ashes scraped across my forehead, not fully understanding its meaning or purpose. As I got older I remember studying Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and hearing His words: “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting.” Matthew 6:16 NIV

Don’t disfigure your face. These words stuck in my mind while walking to the altar rail. Why are we disfiguring our faces when Jesus told us not to? Am I trying to be pious by this action, making it important that others see what I am doing?

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“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’” Hebrews 4:16

Worship at Mount Olive

Lenten Wednesdays

In house (11:00 AM & 6:30 PM)

In house & Online (6:30 PM)

Regular Worship

In house Saturdays (5:30 PM)

In house Sundays (8:00 10:30 AM)

In House Wednesdays (11:00 AM & 6:30 PM)

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Sundays (8:00 & 10:30 AM)

Wednesdays (6:30 PM)

(Online services will be available from the beginning  after the LIVE events)

Previous Worship Service Videos that are not listed below, please CLICK HERE.

Upcoming Worship Schedule/Series

  • Wednesday's - February 14-March 20 - "Wilderness Time" Lenten Series - Wednesdays 11:00 AM & 6:30 PM (Light Lunch following early service)
  • Sunday's - February 18-March 17 - "From the Ashes" Lenten Sunday Series

Want to see past Services? 


  • Series: From the Ashes

    Sermon Title: Humility

    February 25

    8:00 AM

    10:30 AM

  • Wednesday/Lenten Series: Wilderness Time

    Wednesday: February 21 - A time for Challenge

    6:30 PM

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