Gethsemane Lutheran ChurchIn Christ - In the City
Gethsemane Lutheran ChurchIn Christ - In the City
There is a place for you here.A note from our Pastor, Joanne Engquist
I'm glad you're here and hope to meet you in person. Since 1885, Gethsemane has welcomed people for worship, community time, service, and learning. All these years later, we remain a downtown church committed to connecting to our neighborhood.
We are a progressive, GLBTQ-affirming congregation that welcomes all: people who have been to church (any church) their whole lives, as well as those who never have been or have been away for a while; people filled with doubts or questions and those whose faith and hope run deep; people longing to find a community of belonging and anyone who may simply be "passing by"... This is a place open to you wherever you are in your spiritual journey.
At Gethsemane, our worship is liturgical. That means we follow ancient patterns that gather us to reflect on God's Word, share a meal, and send us in service of our neighbors' needs. Our worship is also contextual. We listen to current voices that help us to know the needs of local and global communities, and invite us to engage more deeply with our whole lives.
In addition to our Sunday 10am worship service, a small group gathers in the chapel on Wednesdays at 12:15pm for a quiet, reflective communion service. We also are welcomed to share "dinner church" with our mission start partner, The Garden. Dinner Church offers a simple meal, shared conversation, song, prayer, and a sense of belonging.
There are other times to connect, too – in groups for learning, service, and having fun. I look forward to meeting you soon at a worship service or some other gathering. Or drop me a line to arrange a time to grab a coffee and chat.
Together on the journey,
A living, daring confidence in God's grace.
When Lutherans talk about faith, we are talking about the relationship God's Holy Spirit creates with us. It's a relationship where God's promise of steadfast love and mercy in Jesus opens us to a life of bold trust in God and joyful, generous service to everyone we know and meet in daily life.
Martin Luther was exuberant when he described the freedom of "a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that believers would stake their lives on it a thousand times." He once wrote, "Oh, it is a living, busy, active, mighty thing, this faith. It is impossible for it not to be doing good things unceasingly."
Faith does not close our minds to the world or our hearts to others. And we're always in a process of discovering, tending, unfolding, and nurturing what that faith looks like in our lives. To help us, we listen for the living word in Scripture. We listen to the witness of others and we watch for ways God is active in the world around us.
Faith is open and dynamic -- engaging others in conversation, seeking truths, asking questions. Faith seeks understanding and speaks love in word and action.
Faith urges us to a full life, liberated for a living, daring confidence in God's grace.
Each Sunday we gather for a meal of thanksgiving called Eucharist. During an hour or so together, we share word, song, and prayer to remind each other of God’s love for us and all the world. We listen to each other, sharing concerns and hopes. We eat and drink to remember Jesus who shows us God’s love on the way, at the table, and to the end. Following worship, we usually share stories over some coffee and snacks in the community room.
On Sunday mornings until 1:30pm, we provide free parking in any unreserved space in the Aspira Public garage (enter from the alley between Stewart and Howell).
First and Third Wednesdays, plus February 25 and weekly in March (it’s Lent!)
What we call "noon service" is a gathering of people for a contemplative, quiet time of worship. We share silence and scripture, prayers and communion. The service lasts about 30 minutes so that people could possibly be present during their work lunch break.
Enter through the garden gates on Ninth Avenue. The chapel is open from 12:00pm for personal meditation.
12:15pm in the Chapel
A brief service of carols and communion with hot apple cider and cookies afterward
8:00pm in the Sanctuary (pre-service organ concert at 7:30pm)
An hour-long candlelight service of carols and communion
On Christmas Eve, free parking is available from 6-10pm in any unreserved space in the Aspira Public garage (enter from the alley between Stewart and Howell).
9:00-9:45am in the community room
Beginning January 11, a three-week series will focus on "vocation" and how daily work connects to faith. In the words of the poet Mary Oliver, we’ll think about what we have done and still plan to do with our "one wild and precious life."
Beginning early in 2015, we will host gatherings to listen together and reflect on Bryan Stevenson's book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Available in Kindle and Hardcover from Amazon. (Click here to purchase through Amazon Smile – choose "Gethsemane Lutheran Church Seattle" to support the congregation.)
Saturday mornings in the Hope Center
Weekly, the lower level of Gethsemane is opened to share a meal and conversation with those who are hungry. Groups of up to four people volunteer weekly to do food prep, have conversation with volunteers and attendees, and to clean-up. Email Paul Strike for information or to sign-up.
Other opportunities for direct service with others are announced throughout the year.
On Sundays until 1:30pm, we provide free parking in any unreserved space in the Aspira Public garage (enter from the alley between Stewart and Howell). At other times, pre-paid (free to you) parking is available, but only in the lowest level (PB2) parking spaces marked "24/7 GLC reserved". Staff and visitors to the church office use these spots during the week. Any other parking space in the garage requires payment at the ticket machine.