Evening Chapel Service

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,



Chapel Service

Our Beliefs

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.



Sundays, 10am
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 — December 7th, 14th, and 21st
(1st and 3rd Wednesdays ONLY in January and February)
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.

Christmas Services
December 24th, 12:15pm
Midday service includes lots of singing, the Christmas story, and communion. We will share cookies and hot cider following the service.

December 24th, 8pm
Candlelit Evening service includes lots of singing, the Christmas story, and communion.

December 25th, 10am
Christmas Day service with a welcome to come “as you are” (come straight from the tree in jammies and bathrobes if you'd like!). Cocoa and cookies will be available for all.

On Christmas Eve from 6-10pm and Christmas Day until 1:30pm, free parking is available in any unreserved space in the Aspira Public garage (enter from the alley between Stewart and Howell).



Sunday Morning Forum
9:00-9:45am in the community room
From December 11th through January 4th, the forum takes a break so that people can more fully participate in other events at and beyond the church. On January 8, 2017 the forum resumes with Pr Joanne leading an exploration of Isaiah 42:1-9 and the ways it helps us form identity as a faith community. On January 15, we convene for a conversation on church finances in anticipation of our January 29 annual meeting.


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.

Life Together

Bring holiday cheer to friends who will LOVE it! We will carol to homebound community members in Everett and Seattle (Hearthstone). We meet at 1:30 pm at 911 Stewart St to travel together (post on FB to let us know if you need a ride or can offer one). If you will be joining us on your own from another location, please communicate with Pastor Kari to get addresses and approximate times (also, let us know if you’re interested in knowing when other times for caroling will happen midweek in the daytime).

On Sunday, January 29th, Gethsemane gathers for a “breakfast church” that includes our annual meeting of the congregation, exploring where we’ve been in the year past and some directions we are heading in 2017. All are welcome to participate in the conversation. If you would like more details, please contact the church office by email or phone (206.474.2130).


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Gethsemane Lutheran Church
911 Stewart Street
Seattle, WA 98101


Administrative Office Hours:
Mondays through Thursdays, 10am-4pm

Parking 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.