First of all, thank you for considering joining us for our Sunday morning worship service.

Worshipping the Lord is an important part of what we do as Christians. The Bible encourages us to “not give up meeting together” (Hebrews 10:25), so we gather at least once per week to thank and praise God for everything he has done for us.

We have a pretty casual atmosphere at Gethsemane. You shouldn’t feel like you need to dress up to come to church. Most of us come dressed casually but still nice because the way we dress shows how much we appreciate the opportunity to worship our Savior. 

When you come to the door you can expect to be greeted by one of our Sunday morning helpers. They will give you a hearty "Good morning," and will hand you a service folder. That service folder will have our worship agenda printed in it. 

Find a seat anywhere you like!

Worship Service

Worship at Gethsemane is mostly traditional in style. We are a liturgical church, which means that most Sundays worship follows the same basic pattern. On a typical Sunday you can expect:

  • There will be four or five songs for the congregation to sing.
  • There will be three readings from the scriptures, usually one from the Old Testament and two from the New Testament. 
  • You can expect that the sermon will be based upon one of those three readings. 
  • The sermon always takes a truth found in the one of those Bible readings and explains how it applies to our spiritual and daily life. You can also be sure that it will point you to Jesus as your Savior. It usually lasts about 20 minutes and has one main focus point.
  • At the end of the service, our usher will dismiss each row so you may have a moment to greet the Pastor before moving into the fellowship hall for refreshments.

Offering

After the sermon the ushers will gather an offering. We don’t want our guests to feel obligated to put anything in the plate as it is being handed around. The offering gathered during the service is the vast majority of the money brought in to keep sharing the gospel in Tigard.

Prayer Requests

If you have any prayer requests you will find a card at your seat that you can fill out and put into the offering plate. The pastor will refer to those cards during the prayers that follow the offering. 

Communion

If you join us on either the first or the third Sunday of the month the Lord’s Supper will probably be offered.

Because reception of Holy Communion is an expression of unity and fellowship with others who receive it and the practice has the purposes of ensuring that, as far as humanly possible, those receiving the Sacrament do so to their benefit and not their harm (1 Corinthians 11:27-30), we at Gethsemane, follow the tradition of “close communion”. This means that we only invite members of the congregation to come forward and receive the sacrament. If this is something new for you, our pastor is very open to questions and will gladly explain from the Bible why we do things this way. 

Visitor Cards & Guest Book

We would really appreciate it if you would fill out the guest card in your worship folder and drop it into the offering plate as it is passed or sign our guest book in the entryway at the end of the service.  

Fellowship (and coffee!) Hour

If you have some time we would invite you to stay for our fellowship hour after worship. There is always coffee and some snacks and usually good conversations to be had.

Bible Class & Sunday School

After fellowship time we devote the next hour or so to studying the Bible in Bible Class. Everyone is welcome to join us. If you have small children we run a Sunday School at the same time, and we can easily accommodate your child in our class for the day. 

By the end of your morning with us hopefully you can see that we are really dedicated to teaching the Bible. Every aspect of our Sunday morning revolves around teaching and learning the Bible, whether that is in the worship service, the sermon or in the Bible study that follows. We would love to have you join us as we study the Bible and learn more about our Savior, Jesus and all God has done and still does for us today. 

Visit us:  Gethsemane Lutheran Church  -  9640 SW Greenburg Road - Tigard, Oregon  97223 - (503) 620-2354 gethsemane.wels@gmail.com

Join us on Sundays   -     9:30 AM Worship     -     11:00 AM Family Bible Study

 

This is important to us.

At Gethsemane, we want to put our faith in the Lord into action: to help those in our community who are in need - physically, emotionally and especially spiritually - ready to share with others the reason for the hope that we have.  The hope that is in Christ Jesus, our Lord. 

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
— Galatians 5:13 NIV

Here are some of the opportunities we have found right in our neighborhood to serve others. If you have any interest in participating or if you're just curious to know more, please contact us. 

For any upcoming service opportunities, please refer to our events page.

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Vacation Bible School

One Saturday each summer, we open our doors to the children in our neighborhood who are invited to a themed adventure where the Bible comes alive through stories, music, games, crafts and recreation.  A family BBQ in the afternoon follows the close of V.B.S.

 

Volunteer Meal Hosts

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We are privileged to prepare and serve meals for our neighbors at a local family shelter several times throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Friday Coffee

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On the Friday following Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, we have the joy of brightening the day of weary shoppers at the Washington Square Mall with coffee and hot cocoa.  We are located right across the street from the entrance on SW Greenburg Rd. (Look for the 3 crosses).  We appreciate the opportunity to join with our community in ringing in the start of the Christmas advent season, looking forward to celebrating the birth of the Christ!

 

 

 

 

Gethsemane @ Edgewood Point Assisted Living & Memory Care

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Every other Thursday, Pastor Moll brings church to the residents of Edgewood Point Assisted Living & Memory Care Center. It is a privilege to share the good news and hope of the Gospel to those who are unable to leave the facility to attend traditional church services.

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
— Romans 12:9-13 NIV

Sharing the Gospel in our neighborhood

We have seen how the Lord blesses Christians who step out in faith to share their faith. 

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So that our joy in the good news of God's salvation is made complete, we want to go out and share this important message with our neighbors by walking the neighborhood and introducing ourselves to our community with the timely and relevant message of God’s love and grace.  

If we paid you a visit or you would like to learn more, please contact us!

Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
— Psalm 96:2-3
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Prayer Chain

Our prayer chain is a way for people to gain assistance in prayer for any serious and pressing problem. We know that the Lord hears our prayers (1 John 5:14-15), and we are assured that He answers them all according to his good and perfect will. (Luke 11:9, Matt. 7:7).

Prayer requests are collected throughout the week and our congregation will be honored to pray on these requests.

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
— Hebrews 4:16

If you would like our congregation to pray for you, you can submit a request on our website.

Bible Information Class

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Periodically throughout the year, Gethsemane offers a basic course about Christian faith and life which we call, Bible Information Class. This is a great opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Bible. This 14 week class covers topics such as:

  • who God is and how He makes himself known to us
  • the work of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  • the role of baptism and the Lord’s Supper
  • how we come to faith
  • the Christian and God’s will

Contact us if you are interested in attending Bible Information Class.

Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands.
— Psalm 119:66 NIV

What We Believe

 
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GOD AND HIS REVELATION
 

  1. We believe that there is only one true God (Isaiah 44:6). He has made himself known as the triune God, one God in three persons (Matthew 28:19).
  2. We believe that God has revealed himself in nature (Psalm 19:1).
  3. We believe that God has given the full revelation of himself in his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known” (John 1:18).
  4. We believe that God has also given a written revelation for all people in the Holy Scriptures.
  5. We believe that the entire Bible is Christ-centered.
  6. We believe that God gave the Scriptures through men whom he chose, using the language they knew and the style of writing they had.
  7. We believe that in a miraculous way that goes beyond all human investigation, God the Holy Spirit moved these men to write his Word.
  8. We believe that Scripture is a unified whole, true and without error in everything it says, for the Savior said, “The Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35).
  9. We believe that the Bible is fully sufficient, clearly teaching people all they need to know to get to heaven.
  10. We believe and accept the Bible on its own terms, accepting as factual history what it presents as history and recognizing as figurative speech what is evident as such.
  11. We believe that the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament and the Greek text of the New Testament are the inspired Word of God.
  12. Although the original documents themselves have been lost, we believe that the Lord in his providential care has accurately preserved the Hebrew and Greek texts through the many hand-copied manuscripts that exist.
  13. We believe that the three ecumenical creeds (Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian), as well as the Lutheran Confessions as contained in the Book of Concord of 1580 express the true doctrine of Scripture.

 
CREATION, MANKIND, AND SIN
 

  1. We believe that the universe, the world, and the human race came into existence in the beginning when God created heaven and earth and all creatures (Genesis 1,2).
  2. We believe that the Bible presents a true, factual, and historical account of creation.
  3. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in his own image (Genesis 1:26, 27), that is, holy and righteous.
  4. We believe that God created a multitude of good angels. Sometime after creation, a number of these angels rebelled against God under the leadership of one of their own who is called Satan or the devil (2 Peter 2:4).
  5. We believe that Adam and Eve lost their divine image when they yielded to the temptation of Satan and disobeyed God’s command.
  6. We believe that God in his gracious providence richly and daily provides for the bodily needs of all people (Psalm 145:15,16).

 
CHRIST AND REDEMPTION
 

  1. We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, one with the Father from all eternity (John 1:1,2).
  2. We believe that Jesus at all times possessed the fullness of the Deity with all divine power, wisdom, and glory (Colossians 2:9).
  3. We believe that Jesus Christ, the God-man, was sent by the Father to redeem all people, that is, to buy them back from the guilt and punishment of sin.
  4. We believe that God reconciled “the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them” (2 Corinthians 5:19).

 
JUSTIFICATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH
 

  1. We believe that God has justified all sinners, that is, he has declared them righteous for the sake of Christ.
  2. We believe that individuals receive this free gift of forgiveness not on the basis of their own works, but only through faith (Ephesians 2:8,9).
  3. We believe that people cannot produce this justifying faith, or trust, in their own hearts, because “the man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
  4. We believe that sinners are saved by grace alone.
  5. We believe that already before the world was created, God chose those individuals whom he would in time convert through the gospel of Christ and preserve in faith to eternal life (Ephesians 1:4-6; Romans 8:29,30).
  6. We believe that at the moment of death, the souls of those who believe in Christ go immediately to be with the Lord in the joy of heaven because of the atoning work of Christ (Luke 23:43).

 
GOOD WORKS AND PRAYER
 

  1. We believe that faith in Jesus Christ always leads a believer to produce works that are pleasing to God.
  2. We believe that works pleasing to God are works of love, for “love is the fulfillment of the law” (Romans 13:10).
  3. We believe, for example, that the Fifth Commandment teaches that all human life is a gift from God.
  4. We believe that the Sixth Commandment regulates marriage and the family.
  5. We believe that individuals are free to make their own decisions concerning matters that are neither forbidden nor commanded by God’s Word (adiaphora).
  6. We believe that good works, which are fruits of faith, must be distinguished from works of civic righteousness performed by unbelievers.
  7. We believe that in this world even the best works of Christians are tainted with sin.
  8. We believe that the Holy Spirit enables every believer to produce good works as fruits of faith (Galatians 5:22-25).
  9. The Holy Spirit also equips the church with all the spiritual gifts it needs for its well-being (1 Corinthians 12:4-11).
  10. We believe that a life of prayer is a fruit of faith.

 
THE MEANS OF GRACE
 

  1. We believe that God bestows all spiritual blessings upon sinners by special means established by him.
  2. We believe that through the gospel, the good news of Christ’s atoning sacrifice for sinners, the Holy Spirit works faith in people, whose hearts are by nature hostile to God (1 Peter 1:23).
  3. We believe that also through the Sacrament of Baptism the Holy Spirit applies the gospel to sinners, giving them new life (Titus 3:5) and cleansing them from all sin (Acts 2:38).
  4. We believe that all who join in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper receive the true body and blood of Christ in, with, and under the bread and wine (1 Corinthians 10:16).

 
CHURCH AND MINISTRY
 

  1. We believe that there is one holy Christian church, which is the temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16) and the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:23; 4:12).
  2. We believe that this holy Christian church is a reality, although it is not an external, visible organization.
  3. We believe that the presence of the holy Christian church nevertheless can be recognized.
  4. We believe that it is the Lord’s will that Christians meet regularly to build one another up by using the means of grace together (Hebrews 10:24,25).
  5. We believe that God directs believers to acknowledge oneness in faith with Christians whose confession of faith submits to all the teachings of Scripture (John 8:31; 1 Thessalonians 5:21,22).
  6. We believe that those whose confession of faith reveals that they are united in the doctrines of Scripture will express their fellowship in Christ as occasion permits (Ephesians 4:3).
  7. We believe that every Christian is a priest before God (1 Peter 2:9).
  8. We believe that God has also established the public ministry of the Word (Ephesians 4:11), and it is the will of God that the church, in accordance with good order (1 Corinthians 14:40), call qualified individuals into this public ministry (1 Timothy 3:1-10; 1 Corinthians 9:14).
  9. We believe that the church’s mission is to serve people with the Word and sacraments.
  10. We believe that women may participate in offices and activities of the public ministry except where that work involves authority over men (1 Timothy 2:11,12).

 
CHURCH AND STATE
 

  1. We believe that not only the church but also the state, that is, all governmental authority, has been instituted by God.
  2. We believe that God has given the church and the state their own distinct responsibilities.
  3. We believe that the only means God has given to the church to carry out its assigned purpose are the Word and sacraments (Matthew 28:19,20).
  4. We believe the proper relation is preserved between the church and the state only when each remains within the divinely assigned sphere and uses its divinely entrusted means.
  5. We believe that Christians are citizens of both realms and serve God by faithfully fulfilling their duties in both (Romans 13:6,7).

 
JESUS’ RETURN AND THE JUDGMENT
 

  1. We believe that Jesus, true God and true man, who rose from death and ascended to the right hand of the Father, will come again.
  2. We believe that no one can know the exact time of Jesus’ return.
  3. We believe that at Jesus’ return this present world will come to an end.
  4. We believe that when Jesus returns and his voice is heard throughout the earth, all the dead will rise, that is, their souls will be reunited with their bodies (John 5:28,29).


If you would like to learn more about what we believe and teach here at Gethsemane you can follow this link to a more detailed document.
This We Believe