Welcome to Gethsemane

 
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There are two things you’ll always hear at Gethsemane.  The first is that God loves you just as you are, and not as you think you have to become.  That’s the good news we have heard from Jesus and are eager to share!  The second is our mission statement: We exist to make disciples of Jesus who love God, love one another, and serve the world.  That reminds us that we all need to grow spiritually and that life is about relationships!

Worship with us this Sunday and you’ll hear that message, enjoy some awesome music, and meet a batch of genuinely warm and friendly people.  We hope to see you soon!

Worship Services – 8:30 and 10:02 a.m. on Sundays

At 8:30 we worship in a traditional service featuring hymns, liturgy and organ.  If you enjoy a classic worship style, then this service is for you. Communion is served weekly at this service and all people are welcome at Communion!

Gethsemane Business Card TraditionalThen at 10:02, get ready for an upbeat, music-intense service featuring Emilie Noble and the 10:02 Band.  Children are invited to attend the Kids Konnection Sunday School which meets during this service.  Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month at this service.  On that Sunday, children are encouraged to worship with their parents, and are dismissed to Kids Konnection before the message.

You can also get a feel for the preaching at Gethsemane by looking at some past messages.  Heart to Heart is a series by Pastor Tim that explores how to experience the reality of God’s love for you in prayer.

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The Price for Love

By on November 12, 2014

Loving another person is a risky business.   Do you remember the first boy or girl that you had feelings for?  It began simply enough:  we just liked being around them.  But as we grew older, our feelings intensified.  And so did the risks.  Did she feel the same way about me?  Would he ask me to the dance?  Maybe we smile at the memories today, but the memories are still bitter sweet.   There is no pain quite as poignant as the pain that comes when relationships fail.  “What can you do when those tears make you blind?” as the old JJ Cale song asks.

Life goes on, and we continue to learn about the pain that comes with loving another.  Mom and dad are our rocks; they’ll never change… but they do. Bonnie Raitts’ song “Nick of Time’ says it well:   ” I see my folks, they’re getting old, I watch their bodies change.  I know they see the same in me, And it makes us both feel strange.”   We go away… to college, off to war, or just because its time… and when we come back home it hits us:  mom and dad are old.  Then the day comes when the phone call comes that we’ve dreaded for years… “Your mom is gone..”

There is a price for love.  We pay the price with grief.

You may escape the tab for awhile… but the tab comes due.  The news throws us into shock and denial.  “No!” we scream to the night sky.  “How can this be?” we demand.  We start by being numb… and then we scan about for who to blame for this pain we feel.  And, most often, we find a good candidate for our blame.  We find us.  “Why didn’t I make dad go to the doctor?”  “Why didn’t I see mom out of breath after that trip to the mall?”  When we grow tired of blaming ourselves, we find others to blame.  “Why didn’t they find the cancer sooner?”   “Why didn’t his doctor know his heart was giving out?”

Grief is the price we pay for love.  Grief is a normal reaction to loss.  We grieve when we lose people we love, but we also grieve other kinds of loss.  We grieve the loss of our childhood dreams.  We grieve the loss of our own vitality and strength.  Grief is normal and the first thing we must do is to understand this pain we feel.  There are definitive stages tot he grief process, and understanding that process can be what keeps us from despair.  We will work through the stages of grief, in time.  We will return to a meaningful life… but it won’t happen for awhile.

We have to pay the price for our love.  We have to grieve.

If you are struggling with loss… whether  a special person, the dreams of your youth or even your lost abilities… there is hope.  Our hope comes through Jesus.  There is comfort for our pain.  It is not God’s will for you to suffer, but suffering comes.  If you need someone to talk with or if you just want to understand this thing we call grief… come for ‘STEPS’ on Wednesday evenings.  Starting at 7pm, we’ll gather in the school library to talk together.

Until then…  be well.

Pastor Rick

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