St Olaf Student Congregation

St. Olaf Student Congregation Northfield, MN
St Olaf Student Congregation
St Olaf Student Congregation

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1520 Saint Olaf Ave
Northfield, MN 55057

(507) 786-3092


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Who We Are

"Inasmuch as God is working at St. Olaf College, a community of varied religious and social backgrounds in which the students are challenged by questions and faced with decisions, the St. Olaf Congregation seeks to become an intentional and self-conscious expression of God’s gathered people;

Providing opportunity for the ministry of Word and Sacrament [that is, responding to God with praise, thanksgiving and lament; responding to each other with forgiveness, justice, and mercy]
Extending a call for responsible membership in the community of faith as well as in the community of learning
Showing genuine and active concern for the [needs of the world and therefore,] the work of the Church both on and off campus."

-Preamble to the Constitution of the St. Olaf College Student Congregation

About Us

Traditional Liturgy, Inclusive, Young, Friendly

Community Service, Social Justice

Traditional Hymns

Lutheran (ELCA)





Our Services

What are services like?
The weekly service is a liturgical service using Evangelical Lutheran Worship as the basis for the liturgy. Each week, one of the choirs of the college is present in worship. There are also three hand bell choirs that occasionally participate. Holy Communion is celebrated each week. The services follow the readings as set out in the Revised Common Lectionary.

What is the community like?
The St. Olaf Student Congregation is based at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. The worshiping community is made up of students and some faculty, staff and local residents. St. Olaf College is a four-year, residential liberal arts college of the church in the Lutheran tradition (ELCA.)

What if I'm not a Christian?
All are welcome to attend services of the Student Congregation.


Matthew Marohl

Matthew Marohl graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, before earning an M.Div. from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. He also holds an M.Th. from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and a Ph.D. in biblical studies (New Testament) from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. His three books include, most recently, Unexpected New Life: Reading the Gospel of Matthew.

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