Welcome to Gethsemane

 

Gethsemane Business Card ContemporaryThere 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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What the Hell?

By on September 16, 2014

We sure must think about hell a lot.  Think about how many times in a day you hear someone use the word ‘hell’… (or say it yourself).  “Hell of a golf shot!”  We mean to say ‘it was a good shot’.. but we use the word ‘hell’.  “We had a hell of a good time!”  So… hell is a good thing?  Or.. maybe not.  We also say ‘all hell broke loose’ and ‘there will be hell to pay!’.  Those aren’t good things.  So.. hell is a bad thing! ?

Well,  you could read Dante’s Inferno, written in 1337.  Each of his nine levels of hell is more terrible than the last.  Or,  you could read Paradise Lost, written in 1667 by John Milton, who describes hell as “one great furnace” whose flames offer “no light, but rather darkness visible”.  Fascinating story.. really!  Milton talks about ‘Pandemonium’  (which means “all the demons”):   a word Milton invented for the capital city of hell, where Satan and his followers meet.

Is hell really an eternity of fire and brimstone and all kinds of terrible punishments?  In more recent times, Pastor Rob Bell of the Mars Hill Bible Church claims that hell exists only on earth.   Some of us have experienced our own hell on earth, I’m sure.  Or, we could ask any  Holocaust survivor about it.    If you search for ‘hell’ and ‘Jesus’… you will discover that some people claim that Jesus talked about hell more than He talked about heaven… and others who claim Jesus never talked about eternal punishment at all.   Place your bet and take your pick.  The truth is.. we are fascinated with hell.  We don’t like the idea of eternal fire, but we’re pretty sure a lot of our friends will be there.  Or.. as Mark Twain said “I’d like heaven for the climate and hell for the company.”  That sounds good, I suppose, but that’s not what the Bible says about hell.  And the Bible talks a lot about hell.

So… I’ve spent this summer doing a lot of reading.  As soon as I announced I was going to do a series on Hell in the fall, people started putting books on my desk.  I’ve had people send me links to sermons and teaching.  I’ve had so many conversations with people I can hardly remember them all.  (If you ever want to start a conversation with a stranger at a coffee shop…  or a bar… just ask them what they believe about hell.)

But the time has come to try to speak about hell.   I’ll start the series on September 28… and on the following wednesday of each of the four weeks, I’ll host a gathering of folks who would like to ask questions.

I will share with you that this message series is among the most challenging work I have done as a pastor.  I have had my own beliefs and understandings challenged in many ways…  which is a good thing for us all!  The Bible says ‘Search the Scriptures!” (John 5:39).   Together, we’ll  do just that.  We’ll let God’s Word teach us about hell… and heaven, too.  Come and join the conversation.  And bring a friend.

 

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The Jerusalem Block Party without a roof!

By on September 16, 2014

The Kid’s Konnection block party on Sunday hosted 41 children, Jesus-played by Alex and his 8 disciples-Rachel, Kristin, Megan, Amy, Jill, Michele, Teddy and Deb.  The children fished for prizes, jumped for the Lord, Cast their cares away, hung out

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More about “What the Hell?” series.

By on September 16, 2014

Here is more information about the upcoming message series “The Hell You Say!”, starting 9/28. The series will begin with a message entitled “The hell you say!”  We’ll talk about how the Chosen People of God in the Old Testament

“Message and Method” Sermon by Pastor Tim

“Message and Method” Sermon by Pastor Tim

By on September 14, 2014

Here’s Pastor Tim’s sermon from September 14th, based on Matthew 5:14-16 where Jesus talks about us as a “city on a hill.” Here’s the diagram he refers to about matching message to method.

Judgmental hypocrites?

Judgmental hypocrites?

By on September 12, 2014