Holy Week activities at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Downtown Seattle

Holy Week

A time to gather as a community and celebrate new life.
Holy Week at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Downtown Seattle

You are Welcome Here

Pastor Joanne Engquist shares a hopeful message at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Downtown Seattle

So much leads up to Easter Sunday, it's hard to pick only one moment or a single service to emphasize. For some people, choosing an option or two is just how it works into the schedule... The best thing is to start where you are. You don't have to believe it all or understand it all. There's a place for you in this community wherever you are in your spiritual journey.

For me, I love all the services — each for a different reason. The bold, brassy sounds of Palm Sunday and Easter. The sense of togetherness on Thursday, the mysterious darkness on a Friday that sometimes is hard to call “good.” Saturday's Vigil, though — it takes my breath away every time. The flames leaping from the fire, the stories shared; water, word, oil of gladness. All of it brings joy at another year's reminder that nothing can stop God's love for us. Not life or death. Not depression or anxiety. Nada. Nichts. Nothing.

Of course, each of the services is getting at that from a slightly different angle. In word, silence, song, and action — all of them breathe life into us so that our own lives get something of a new start. A burst of life and joy. A spark of hope. Everyone is welcome. Really.

I hope to meet you at Gethsemane soon.

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Palm Sunday at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Downtown Seattle
Palm Sunday
April 9th at 10am

Service begins with a procession and offerings of outerwear to share with people in need.

Maundy Thursday at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Downtown Seattle
Maundy Thursday
April 13th at 12:15pm & 6pm

Evening service features communion in the context of a light, Mediterranean-style meal.

Good Friday at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Downtown Seattle
Good Friday
April 14th at 7pm

A contemplative service of songs, readings, prayer, and silence around the cross.

Easter Vigil at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Downtown Seattle
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil
April 15th at 8pm

A service taking us from darkness to light and from death to life.

Easter Service at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Downtown Seattle
Easter Sunday
April 16th at 10am

Festival worship is preceded by a light breakfast available from 8:30am.

Sunday Worship at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Downtown Seattle
Sunday Services
Every week at 10am

A 1-hour service of word, song, and prayer reminding us of God's love for all the world.