Gethsemane Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. We are here to proclaim the gospel, the good news that God has saved us not because of deeds which we have done in righteousness but because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because of Christ, sin is forgiven and life and immortality is brought to light.
* Divine Service- This is the central activity at Gethsemane and the most important event of the week. In our Divine Service, Christ Himself is present to grant us forgiveness, life, and salvation, and to strengthen us by His Word and Gifts. Please see our commuion statement below. Our Divine Services are Saturday afternoons at 4:30 PM and Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM
* Bible Study- We have a Sunday morning Bible class at 9:15AM.
* Christian Faith Class- This is an introduction to the Christian Faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Church. This is a twelve week class that prepares you for membership at Gethsemane. Speak with Pastor Cornelius to find out when the next class begins.
* Pastoral Visit- If you would like to find out more about us, you can call for a visit with the pastor. If you or a loved one is in need of pastoral care but you do not have a pastor, feel free to contact Pastor Cornelius at email@example.com.
We believe that Prophetic and Apostolic Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are not just the word of men but the very Word of God spoken through men chosen by the Holy Spirt. Therefore the Scriptures speak with authority to all Christians and are the pure guide for judging all doctrines and teachers.
We confess the faith with all true believers in the Apostle's, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds. We joyfully share that faith with Christians of all times and places.
We adhere to the Lutheran Confessions of the 16th century found in the Book of Concord. We believe that the confessions speak with authority on matters of faith because they have been formed and shaped by Holy Scripture.
We believe that God comes to us in specific ways. He comes to us through the Word rightly preached and the Sacraments offered according to their institution by Christ. We emphasize the importance of Baptism and it's implications for daily life. We celebrate the Lord's Supper every Lord's day and on special feast days. We offer absolution in a general way at the beginning of Divine service and, as often as the Christian feels the need, in a private setting. We believe that God works through these to deliver forgiveness, life, and salvation to His people.
The liturgy is the order of service developed from Biblical times through the Christian era. In it we find something from the Church of all ages. These orders of service have fed Christians through the centuries. In the liturgy we hear God's Word and speak it back to Him and to one another. We hold to this very traditional form of worship as a teacher of the faith.
We believe that man is hopelessly lost in sin and cannot save himself. Mankind has hope because God has sent us a Savior, Jesus Christ. It is only in Christ that we have salvation. Our Lord tells us that He is the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one comes to the Father except through Him. He who has the Son, has life. He who does not have the Son does not have life, but the wrath of God abides on Him. Scripture emphasizes that we have been justified, declared righteous, by faith in Christ alone. Jesus promises that no one who comes to Him will be turned away. Our preaching and teaching is centered in this good news and it affects all that we do as aChurch.
A Statmenet on Communing at Gethsemane
Our congregation practices the historic custom of closed communion. When you commune at any Church, you are making a public confession that you are in agreement with what that Church teaches.Communion fellowship implies agreement on the chief parts of the Christian Faith. Sadly, that agreement is lacking among various Christian Church bodies. Gethsemane belongs to the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, because we agree with the doctrine taught among its churches and those churches in altar and pulpit fellowship with the LCMS. We believe in the real presence of Christ's body and blood in the Sacrament. Everyone who receives Communion here receives Christ's body and blood into their mouth. Those who receive it in faith take it to their salvation. Those who eat and drink in unbelief and unrepentance take the supper to their condemnation. If you are a member in good standing of an LCMS congregation, come with a repentant heart believing in the promises Christ makes to us in Holy Communion, you are invited to partake. If you do not belong to an LCMS congregation, we respectfully ask you to abstain until such time as agreement in Christian doctrine is reached. See our doctrinal teachings on the 'What We Believe' section of our web site. The pastor will be happy to answer your questions regarding this practice after the service.