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.

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
First and Third Wednesdays, plus February 25 and weekly in March (it’s Lent!)
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.

Midweek Gatherings
Wednesdays, February 25-March 25
6pm in the Community Room, 7:10pm in the Chapel
A simple vegetarian-friendly meal of soup and bread is shared around tables with conversational teaching to explore "practices" we are encouraged to try during this Lenten season. At 7pm, we'll transition to a short, meditative service of evening prayer (patterns and music from Taizé and Holden Village). Weekly themes/practices:

February 25: Saying Yes and Saying No
March 4: Healing
March 11: Honoring the Body
March 18: Singing our Lives
March 25: Forgiveness

For Lenten midweek gatherings, parking is available in the Aspira public garage only in the 7 GLC spots on lowest level or by payment using parking machine ($8) in any unreserved space in the Aspira Public garage (enter from the alley between Stewart and Howell).

Holy Week
Palm Sunday, March 29
Palm branches. Cheers. Songs. These are what we use to mark the start of a week called holy. Like a parading crowd, we’ll assemble and move through the story of Jesus’ passion. We’ll pause to collect a special offering of towels for use in local hygiene programs (bring new or like-new hand towels, washcloths, and bath towels to donate). Move with us on this journey toward the cross.

Maundy Thursday, April 2
12:15pm in the Chapel
A brief service including communion and an opportunity for anointing.

6:00pm in the Community Room
It was on a Thursday...love shown at table, a "mandate" given (maundy comes from that). Love each other, Jesus said and then modeled love in service. We also gather, to share a meal, stories, and song. With towels and tenderness, in word and sign we offer forgiving love. Prayers in the garden and quiet in the sanctuary conclude this memorable night. [Offerings of towels may be brought this night also, as a gift for local hygiene programs: please bring new or like-new hand towels, washcloths, and bath towels.]

On Maundy Thursday, free parking is available from 5:30-10:30pm in any unreserved space in the Aspira Public garage (enter from the alley between Stewart and Howell).

Good Friday, April 3
7pm in the Sanctuary
Tree of life and awesome mystery. We gather tonight near the cross, recalling the lengths and depth to which God goes in love for us. A contemplative service that begins and ends, appropriately enough, wordlessly.

On Good Friday, free parking is available from 5:30-10:30pm in any unreserved space in the Aspira Public garage (enter from the alley between Stewart and Howell).

Holy Saturday, April 4
8pm in the Garden
This is the night! Gathered at a new fire, we move through mysteries as we share stories and insights, songs, doubts, hopes, and we receive and embody new life. "It's the best service of the whole year," one exclaims. Really, the service is more than words describe. A lengthy event (a couple hours), concluded with the first Eucharist of Easter, then with chocolates, crème puffs, and sparkling drinks.

On Holy Saturday, free parking is available from 4pm-12am in any unreserved space in the Aspira Public garage (enter from the alley between Stewart and Howell).

Easter Sunday, April 5
8:30-9:30am Breakfast in the Community Room
A light breakfast is provided for all to enjoy with conversation.

10am Festival Worship
Bold, brassy music. Loud alleluias. The splendor of garden and new life. But Easter morning celebrates more than lilies and tulips and springtime growth. Easter proclaims life in the face of death, hope that counters despair. Our lives become new! 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.

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).



9:00-9:45am in the community room
From February 22 Through March 22, a forum conversation will focus on the psalms and our lives: how, when, and why these ancient poems may be useful in 2015. An engaging exploration of the images connecting old words to life in the here and now. Coffee and tea provided.

March 3, 7-8:30pm in the community room
This reading group expands its consideration of stories from Bryan Stevenson's book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by engaging with local public defense attorney, Sonja Hardenbrook. Those who have not attended previous sessions are welcome to this conversation.


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 Paul Strike for information or to sign-up.

Other opportunities for direct service with others are announced throughout the year.

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.