Gethsemane Episcopal Church began with a handful of people in 1856, seeking to establish a worshiping community in the soon to be burgeoning city of Minneapolis. For over 150 years, Gethsemane has been sowing seeds of worship, community, and justice. If you have further questions about the church, or would like to know more about our worship, mission, and ministry in the community, please stop by for a visit. The best way to get to know us is to join us for worship on a Sunday. All people, of every race, class, gender, sexual orientation, belief, and those seeking to learn more about their faith journeys, are welcome to experience and join our community. Our services are Sundays at 8 o'clock and 10 o'clock.

Homily: July 26, 2015

Pentacost 9, YEAR B; Rev. Phil Boelter, Vicar Nuff for all.   This was the theme of summer camp at Good Earth camp in southern Minnesota When I attended there with my ELCA youth group in the 1990’s.   All week long we studied and lived and breathed Recycling Zero waste Care for the earth Sustainable agriculture.  …

Homily: July 5, 2015

PROPER 7, YEAR B; Rev. Phil Boelter, Vicar Wabi Sabi is a concept from Zen Buddhism. It maintains that life can only be understood in imperfection.   It’s not what is PERFECT that grabs our imagination. Its not the most beautiful, flawless creation that nourishes our spirit.   Truth is really found in the vase with a…

Homily: June 28, 2015

PROPER 5, YEAR B; Rev. Phil Boelter, Vicar It’s a tale of two healings- One imbedded inside the other.   First Jairus, the synagogue leader falls at Jesus’ feet And begs him to come and heal his little daughter.   While Jesus is on the way, A woman who had suffered for 12 years from what we…

Homily: June 7, 2015

PROPER 5, YEAR B; Rev. Phil Boelter, Vicar Jesus’ family is worried about him. In our gospel lesson today they’ve come to do the ancient equivalent of a group intervention.   People including Jesus’ relatives, were saying “this Jesus, he’s crazy. He needs to be locked up.”   Granted, It’s a rough time for everybody- Too much…

Homily: May 31, 2015

TRINITY SUNDAY, YEAR B; Rev. Phil Boelter, Vicar The time was the 1400’s The Place? Russia. Andrey Rublev wrote an Icon of the holy Trinity Seated at a table, With heads gracefully bowed to each other.   This very icon brings us to the heart of the Trinity, as spiritual unity, mutual love, and readiness to sacrifice…