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I welcome you to Gethsemane Church, and hope you find yourself at home with us in worship community and justice.
I am happy to be back in downtown Minneapolis where I once worked as business banker for Wells Fargo. A lot has changed for me and for Minneapolis since those long ago days in the 1990’s. But one thing has remained the same… the welcome and help we are all called to give each other.
A little about me….
Before arriving at Gethsemane on Palm Sunday, 2015 I I assisted in worship, preaching and pastoral care as part time Pastoral Assistant at St Matthew’s Episcopal Church, St Paul. I was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota June 2013 and a priest in June 2014.
In addition to my work at Gethsemane I also work part time providing fiscal and budget consulting for Roman Catholic parishes and schools. I earned a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in 1990 and a Master of Arts in Religion from Notre Dame, South Bend in 1998. Go Irish!
I began my adult career life as a Lutheran (ELCA) pastor. From these roots my practice of ordained ministry is grounded in the baptismal covenant wherein we all are enjoined to fulfill God’s mission in the world to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving [one’s] neighbor as [one]self.”
I have two (somewhat) sons in their early twenties, Matthew and Eric. In my spare time I can be found working out at Fitness 19, playing classical guitar, or chilling in my family’s labyrinth prayer garden with his blue and white English Setter, Finn Shadow McKool.

Sermons

Homily: April 1, 2017 – Breathe – Rev. Phil Boelter

What is the  first gift you were given? Our Hebrew and Christian traditions remembers a gift we receive even before our memories begin: breath. We celebrate that gift whenever we lean over a cake on our birthday And whoosh- blow out the candles on it. But it is also a very ancient gift. In Genesis…

Homily: March 26, 2017 – Now I See – Rev. Phil Boelter

This gospel reading is full of questions- Where is Jesus? How did the blind man get healed? Who is Jesus? Why did he heal on the Sabbath? And then there’s that very first question- It’s a doozy. Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Who sinned? For some people-  There…

Homily: March 12, 2017 – Life is a Journey – Rev. Phil Boelter

Life is a journey. No one knew this better than Abraham. Abraham was on a journey. Before God appeared to him, Before he became the founder of three world religions- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Before God brought forth from his loins  the very long line of descendants which culminated in Messiah Jesus, Abraham was on…

Homily: Feb. 26, 2017 – Shine! – Rev. Phil Boelter

God has placed within you Everything you need to live life. The account of the Transfiguration today- Said to Jesus on that mountain, says to us this morning: “Wake up! See the world in a new and different way You have all you need to live your life today- All the light, All the guidance,…

Homily: Feb. 19, 2017 – ‘Nuff. Rev. Phil Boelter

Nuff for all. The year was 1992 As associate pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, Minnesota I was privileged to lead a group of campers to church camp at Good Earth Village outside of Spring Valley, Minnesota, nestled in the heart of beautiful Southwest Minnesota-. The theme for that year was responsible ecology…