Join Us on Sunday

After Sunday services, you are warmly invited to stay for treats and coffee.

Click here to view a 360 degree video of our worship space, courtesy of the Houses of Worship Project, University of Minnesota.

Healing Prayers & Laying on of Hands

At the 9 (summer time) or 10 (academic year) o'clock service, during communion, a healing station is offered in the baptistery for those who may desire prayers of healing.

Communion Visits and Pastoral Care

If you find yourself away from Gethsemane for an extended time, due to illness, busy-ness, or anything at all, and would like communion, let us know. In addition to people who are home-bound or in the hospital, we are able to bring communion to anyone who desires it. This is a vital part and extension of our Sunday liturgy.

Contact the Gethsemane office at 612.332.5407 or email

The Act of Worship

Episcopal church services are congregational. In the pews you will find the Book of Common Prayer, the use of which enables the congregation to share fully in every service. The large print is the actual service. The smaller print gives directions to ministers and people for conduct of the service. At Gethsemane, we use a printed bulletin for the ten Sunday Services and for Holy Day services.

Wondering when to stand or kneel? Practices vary among individual Episcopalians, but at Gethsemane we provide instructions in the bulletin.

  • The general rule is to stand when we sing, including hymns (found in the Hymnal 1982 in the pew racks) and other songs called canticles or chants and printed as part of the service. We stand, too, to say our affirmation of faith, The Apostles' or Nicene Creed, and for the reading of the Gospel in the Holy Eucharist.

  • Psalms are sung or said sitting or standing.

  • We sit during readings from the Old Testament or New Testament Letters, the sermon, and the choir anthems.

  • We stand or kneel for prayer to show our gratefulness to God for accepting us as children or as an act of humility before God.

Holy Communion

At what age may a child take communion? A child may take communion at any age. We do not believe that specific education is necessary for the sacrament to be valid. The decision of when to take communion is left up to the child and their family.

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 236)

The Revised Common Lectionary, published in 1992 and officially adopted by The Episcopal Church in 2006, like the current prayer-book lectionary, is a three-year cycle of Sunday Eucharistic readings in which Matthew, Mark, and Luke are read in successive years with some material from John read in each year.

For more information about the lectionary, visit

Readings by Date

For a complete calendar of readings, visit the Lectionary Calendar.