Taking Jesus at His Word
Thank you for visiting the website of Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Davenport, Iowa. Gethsemane Lutheran rejoices in the good words and gifts of our Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior who died and rose to atone for our sin and give us life, now and forever. We invite you to rejoice with us in these gifts. Gethsemane is an evangelical, confessional, liturgical Lutheran Church. Gethsemane is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and in communion with the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference.. The Lord’s blessings in Christ!
More Jesus more often
Every Sunday we gather to receive Jesus' forgiveness through hearing the preaching of Christ crucified, remembering our Holy Baptisms, and for those of our communion, receiving the Lord's Supper. This is the Divine Service because we are guests in God's house and He serves us with forgiveness through His Son; we respond as living sacrifices, offering our thanks and praise on Sunday and throughout the week.
Sunday Divine Service 8 am
For many years we gathered for Divine Service at 9 am. But starting in April 2018 our service time moved to 8 am. This shift happened to allow our Pastor to temporarily serve our sister congregation in Moline. Saint Paul's Lutheran Church gathers for Divine Service at 10:30 am. All are most welcome at either service; we ask those in interested in the Lord's Supper to speak with our pastor before approaching the altar.
Gethsemane was the garden where Jesus Christ prayed during His years of service on earth and also notably where He prayed just before He was betrayed by Judas and deserted by His other disciples. We remember Jesus' prayers and promises for us that He prayed for us and use the name of His place of prayer for our place of prayer (Matthew 26).
Holy Scripture Speaks of Christ Crucified for You
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). It is the way we know what we know; Christ is the One who knows us and we know Him through His Word, the Scriptures. These Holy Scriptures creates life and salvation.
U.A.C. 1966 Speaks of Our Confession of Christ
UAC refers to the Unaltered Augsburg Confession. This statement of faith was presented to the world in 1530; confessional Lutherans still confess the UAC, the Small and Large Catechism, and the other confessions of the Book of Concord without reservation because it is the the correction exposition and summary of the true Christian faith. We say UAC 1966 because this is when Gethsemane was founded and pledged herself to the Lutheran Confessions.