Gethsemane Lutheran Church
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.
Listen and subscribe to our weekly reflections (homilies) by clicking here.
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).
Summer 2017 Compassion Series
Each Sunday in the summer, we're exploring what it means to live with compassion in the world. We'll tell stories of God's compassion as recorded in bible stories, and link that up with our own lives—in both our needs to receive and to offer compassion. On Sunday, August 13, the worship service will be a hymn sing with communion. The fabulous Mark Sedio, Cantor at Central Lutheran in Minneapolis will be with us, encouraging our song.
Wednesdays, 12:15pm — July 19, August 2, August 16, September 7
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.
Sunday Morning Forum
From Memorial Day through Labor Day we take a break from usual programming. The Morning Forum returns September 10, meeting from 9-9:45am in the community room.
Thursday evenings, Sunday mornings, & Special events
Those who would like to sing in choir and are able to commit to evening rehearsals on Thursdays (7-8:30pm) are asked to contact Cantor John Paulson about joining the choir that sings in worship most Sundays from September into early June. New voices are heartily welcomed!
A “pick-up choir” offers opportunities to learn a song to be shared in worship the same day. No previous choral experience needed, and no midweek rehearsals required — just come, learn, and sing out gladly!
In Summer and scattered weeks throughout the year, there also are opportunities to participate in our music program by playing a special piece of music, or singing/playing in the Ukulele group, and in ringing handbells. Contact Cantor John Paulson to volunteer or to learn more about how you might share your musical gifts in the congregation.
Sunday, July 9, 11:30am
Bike-blended smoothies and varied snacks will be available to stave off hunger as folks play several rounds of bingo. Fabulous prizes to win, and no cost to play! (Donations in every amount will help raise funds for fifty thousand (!) meals to be packaged and distributed in northwest Washington this September).
Sunday, July 16, 4-6pm, at Populuxe Brewing in Ballard
Wednesday, August 9, 5-7pm, at Big Chickie in Hillman City
The pastoral staff is available for conversation anytime during this two hour window. All are welcome to come with deep conversation topics or just to catch up and enjoy a summer evening. Populuxe is family- and dog-friendly. In addition to serving Peruvian-style roasted chicken, Big Chickie has lots of options for vegetarians (and has a bunch of GF options, too).
Wednesday, July 26, 5-9pm
Woodland Park (enter from North 50th), Area 2 – about halfway around loop
Veggie and meat “hot dogs,” buns, condiments, and utensils/cups/napkins provided. Please bring a side or dessert to share, and something to drink. We'll have some equipment for game-playing, too, and a few musical instruments to serenade us… (Note: we don't reserve the picnic area, so we might have to move slightly. Bus info: walk up from Aurora or down from Phinney Ridge.
Summer Day Camps 2017
Earth Care Camp — June 26-30
Camp Read-a-Rama — July 10-14 and July 17-21
This summer there will be three fabulous weeks of camp serving children from Mary's Place, Compass, and GLC. Opportunities are available for adults to volunteer as field trip chaperones or readers at literacy camp. Please contact Michelle Martin for information. And watch this video to learn more about the literacy day camp, Read-a-Rama.
Give. Share. Eat.
September 29-30, 2017
It's pretty simple, really. There are a lot of hungry people in the world. Together we can relieve a lot of hunger when we give of our finances and share of our time and energies, so that people may eat nutritious, easy‐to‐prep food. We're working with The Outreach Program on an epic meal packaging event (50,000 meals!). Contact Pr. Joanne if you have ideas about how to raise funds, gather volunteers, or distribute the food.
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.