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).
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.
Quieting Prayer with The Garden
Monthly on 3rd Sundays, 5:30pm
February 21st, March 20th & April 17th
Begin your week with others who seek a space to calm the mind, rest the body, and participate in ancient rhythms of both speaking to and listening for... the Sacred...the Divine...the Spirit...God. Gather anytime between 5 and 5:30 for hot tea, quiet conversation, stretching, coloring, meditation, or other creative options. At 5:30, join with others for song and prayer in a peaceful, candlelit space. We will use Christian patterns and language with an intention to include all, whatever spiritual path you are walking.
Ash Wednesday, February 10th
12:15pm and 7pm
In this beginning of a Lenten journey, the words of an ancient prophet remind that God promises to “satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; [to make us] like a watered garden, like a spring of water whose waters never fail.” (Isaiah 58:11) Today's worship services name what is dried out in us and the world around us. And they also invite us on a journey that will make for life as it strengthens bones and quenches thirsts. Communion and ashes are available for all at both services.
Midweek Lenten Gatherings
February 17th, February 25th(Thursday), March 2nd — March 16th
Midweek throughout the season, we gather as community to check-in with one another about our shared journey in Lent. In solidarity with those who hunger, we simplify our meal—sharing a simple meal of vegetarian soup and bread. We also engage with one another in a brief time of conversation-based study followed by evening prayer. Opportunities to walk the labyrinth will also be offered following evening prayer.
Sunday Morning Forum
9:00-9:45am in the community room
From February 7 through March 13 our forum hours invite us to explore the Lenten journey – preparing for it and engaging most fully. Each session is conversation-based in a relaxed atmosphere. Coffee and tea provided. See calendar for more details.
|2/7||—||Preparing for the Lenten Journey. Presenter: Pr Joanne Engquist|
|2/14||—||Labyrinth as a Way of Journeying. Presenter: Pr Kari Lipke|
|2/21||—||Biblical Story along the Journey. Presenter: Pr Joanne Engquist|
|2/28||—||Biblical Story along the Journey. Presenter: Peter Carlson Schattauer|
|3/6||—||Biblical Story along the Journey. Presenter: Pr Joanne Engquist|
|3/13||—||Biblical Story along the Journey. Presenter: Peter Carlson Schattauer|
Note: There is no morning forum on Sundays, March 20th or March 27th.
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 SoMo (Soup & Movies) for information.
Other opportunities for direct service with others are announced throughout the year.
Thursday evenings, Sunday mornings, & Special events
Those who would like to sing in choir and are able to commit to evening rehearsals on Thursdays (7-8:15pm) are asked to contact Interim Cantor Dr. James Savage about joining the choir that sings in worship most Sundays. 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! Contact Kari Lipke for information.
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.