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).
Wednesdays, 12:15pm — March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5 & 19
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.
Holy Week Services
Palm Sunday, 10am
As we enter Holy Week, we remember processions in Jerusalem and consider what it means to follow Jesus now. We begin with our own parade: advocating justice for our neighbors, waving palms, and sharing belongings in response to the coming of Jesus, humble servant, in our midst.
Please bring gently used (or new) towels to donate at this service and Thursday's. We will share these through Compass Housing Alliance to provide through hygiene services.
Maundy Thursday, 12:15-1pm
A quiet, traditional service as we leave our lenten journey and enter The Three Days. Receive a word and sign of forgiveness, share a meal of grace, enter anew the story of God's deep love made known in Jesus.
Maundy Thursday, 6-8pm
We gather at table to share a simple mediterranean-style meal and begin our service of the Three Days. We remember in word, song, and action the love Jesus shows toward and urges from his community.
Please bring gently used (or new) towels to donate at this service. We will share these through Compass Housing Alliance to provide through hygiene services.
Good Friday, 7pm
In a quiet, meditative service, we ponder the mystery of God's love for us made known on the cross.
Holy Saturday, 8pm
A new fire. Shared light and stories and song. We kindle hope as we meet for this first service of Easter. Come and see!
On Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday beginning at 5pm, free parking is available in any unreserved space in the Aspira Public garage (enter from the alley between Stewart and Howell).
Easter Sunday, 10am
Before the festival worship service, an offering of beverages and assorted baked goods will be available from 8:30am.
Sunday Morning Forum
9:00-9:45am in the community room
From March 5th through April 2nd, the forum will be led by Pr. Joanne leading an exploration of the lord's prayer as an outline for radical engagement.
- March 5 Direct address and our communities (“God, our Mother, God, our Father...”)
- March 12 Longing for a dominion of God’s making (“Your kingdom come...”)
- March 19 Dependent and embodied (“Give us today our daily bread.”)
- March 26 Imperfect, empowered, and empowering (“Forgive us our sins.”)
- April 2 Sustained amid challenges (“Save us from the time of trial.”)
On Sunday, April 9, there will be a special meeting of the congregation at 9:15am.
On Sunday, April 16, there will be no forum as we gather instead for conversation and a continental breakfast.
Wednesdays, 6-8pm — March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5
Each Wednesday evening during Lent, we share an evening soup supper with worship and learning that focuses on making a difference in the world. We focus our attention on a different area of concern each week.
- March 8: Environment
- March 15: Immigration and Refugees
- March 22: Education
- March 29: Health Care
- April 5: Black Lives Matter
Please note that the Aspira Retail garage is not reserved on these nights. Please use GLC reserved spaces (on lowest level), or pay for parking on-street or in other unreserved spaces in the Aspira garage.
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 Dr. John Paulson 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!
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 Dr. John Paulson to volunteer or to learn more about how you might share your musical gifts in the congregation.
11:30am, Sunday, April 2
Readying for our places in upcoming “parades,” (April 9th Palm Sunday procession and the April 15th Black Lives Matters march), we gather to craft signs proclaiming our concerns to be made visible on the streets. Some supplies provided, please also bring some to share.
BOEING EMPLOYEES CHOIR CONCERT
3pm, Sunday, April 2
We welcome the Boeing Employee Choir for a concert sharing music both sacred and secular, ranging from Broadway to Bach—and beyond. An offering will be collected as part of Gethsemane's work to relieve hunger in our communities.
All day on Sunday, April 2, free parking is available in any unreserved space in the Aspira Retail garage (enter from the alley between Stewart and Howell).
SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
9am, Sunday, April 9
Gethsemane gathers to consider the Council's recommendations on adopting a statement of sanctuary and adopting a revised statement of welcome.
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.