Category Archives: Lent


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Gethsemane Lutheran Online Worship Due to Coronavirus

Dear Gethsemane members and friends,

The spread of COVID-19 has reached the city of Austin, and our church plans are changing accordingly. Following the guidelines of local health officials and the city government, like many other communities of faith we will not hold in-person worship services. This includes Wednesday Midweek Connections. We will reevaluate our plans as local health officials release more updates.

Join us on Sunday, April 5th at 10:30am for our Palm Sunday live stream worship service! For Palm Sunday, we will have a special moment in the service for everyone to wave palm branches together. To participate in this part of the service, please use this printable template to craft a palm branch at home or you may simply find a branch of any type outside near your home to use instead.

The worship bulletin and music lyrics will be posted as soon as they are available.

You will need to download the Zoom app or program on you phone or computer. Here is the link to access the worship service:

Whether or not you are able to join the live stream, we encourage you take time each week to light a candle with your family at home for devotional time together. We will also post recordings of our worship services each week that you can view at any time.

This is a difficult time for all of us. However, we can feel good knowing that we are part of the community-wide effort to slow down the spread of the virus as much as possible. By doing so, we are helping keep people healthy and alive.

You can do your part in helping to keep our community well-connected by caring for one another. Call someone you know and check in on them, especially if they are elderly or have health issues that put them at risk. Offer to get groceries or prescriptions if they are trying to minimize contact with others in the community. Encourage those who are feeling anxious or depressed during this time of increased isolation. Reach out to your neighbors in the same way. Keep a prayer vigil going for our community and our church. Make an online offering to ensure we have the financial resources we need to keep operating well in this unique and difficult time. You can mail a gift or use our online giving page:


Lenten theme this year:  “A Season of Personal/Corporate Transformation”–Ecclesiastes 3:1-8  (Wednesdays, March 4th-April 1st). 11:00 am Lenten Conversations with Pastor Gronberg; 12 Noon Lenten Eucharist (Sanctuary); 5:30 pm Soup & Sandwiches (MPR); 6:00 pm Conversations with Pastor Gronberg, Confirmation class with Pastor Susie, and Children/Youth activities (PreK-12th grade); 7:00 pm Lenten Eucharist (Sanctuary); 7:30 pm Mentors & Confirmands; 7:45 pm Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal (MR) 


The Season of Lent commences Ash Wednesday, February 26th with the Christian faithful receiving ashes and meditating at the Gethsemane altar 7-8am, 11:30am to noon and 5:30-7pm. Ash Wednesday Eucharist 12 noon and 7p.m.

Family of Gethsemane Retreat

February 29 – March 1 is the 38th annual retreat at Camp Chrysalis (near Kerrville, Texas) for the Family of Gethsemane. Please consider being part of the fun!

The theme: “Leap into Lent” —1 Peter 5:6-8. Registration brochures available in the narthex.

This is a very special opportunity for friends and all members of the congregational family: singles, couples, those with and without children, from the very young to the not so young in years, but all young in spirit.

All are “Called by Grace” to come enjoy a relaxed, informal time, to share thoughts, histories, dreams, conversations, laughter, songs, the bread and wine of communion, the fresh air of the hill country, and good food.

“Led by Faith”, you may climb to the cross on the mountain, read your Bibles, play, eat, visit, and rock on the porch.

“Welcoming All to Share God’s Love”, we will meet new friends and have time to relax and be with those we may not know so well. This is a great event to invite friends to share in the family life of Gethsemane.

Please print the 2020 Family of Gethsemane Retreat Brochure and return to Dar, Belinda or Pastor Susie by February 16th.

Ash Wednesday

The Season of Lent commences Ash Wednesday, February 14th with the Christian faithful receiving ashes and meditating at the Gethsemane altar 7-8am, 11:30am to noon and 5:30-7pm. Time of Reflection, Meditation, Preparation for Lenten journey – 12 noon and 7p.m.

Holy Week Worship

8:15 a.m.       Eucharist, presentation of crosses
9:00 a.m. Youth Dinner Theatre Rehearsal (MR)
9:30 a.m. Sunday Church School for all ages
9:30 a.m. Seder Meal for confirmands & families
10:30 a.m. Eucharist, presentation of crosses
12 noon First Communion instruction
12 noon & 7 p.m. Reading of Passion Narrative, Holy Communion
7:00 p.m. Eucharist, foot washing, First Communion
7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Eucharist, First Communion, Foot Washing
10:00 a.m. Eucharist / Stripping of Altar
11:00 a.m. Procession of the Cross
12 noon – 12 midnight Prayer Vigil
7:00 p.m. Tenebrae Service of Darkness

Lenten Midweek Connections


March 8 – April 5, 2017

11:00 a.m. Adult Bible Study (Parlor)
12 Noon Holy Communion (Sanctuary)
5:30 p.m. Lenten Soup (MPR)
6:15 p.m. Conversation with Pastor Gronberg, Confirmation with Pastor Susie, conversational Spanish and Youth activities for PreK-12th grade
7:00 p.m. Holy Communion (Sanctuary)
7:30 p.m. Mentors & Confirmands
7:45 p.m. Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal (MR)

Ash Wednesday

The Season of Lent commences Ash Wednesday, March 1st with the Christian faithful receiving ashes and meditating at the Gethsemane altar 7-8am, 11:30am to noon and 5:30-7pm. Ash Wednesday Eucharist 12 noon and 7p.m.