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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: May 14, 2017 – Long for Divine Presence – Rev. Phil Boelter

Who is your rock? Mine was my mother-  Elizabeth Alvina Kautz Heitmeyer Boelter. She died in 1987 at age 68.   But hopefully, her legacy lives on in me and in my sons. Her strong love was the rock- The foundation of my life. Nothing, Nothing, Nothing Could shake that love. Not my teenage rebellion,…

Homily: April 30, 2017 – Golden Souls – Rev. Phil Boelter

What’s for supper? It’s a question we ask nearly every day in my family. For the two disciples and their fellow traveler on the road to Emmaus, It was a good question too. Tired, Dusty, discouraged,  two weary souls were wandering on their way from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They were discouraged because of Jesus’ death,…

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…