October LGBTQ+ Worship: Stories That Matter

Stories That Matter is our fourth worship service grounded in the experiences of the LGBTQ community and led by its members from throughout the Twin Cities.

At this month’s service we make space for one particular community within the LGBTQ spectrum that is often made invisible — bisexual or pansexual people who are in “straight” relationships or marriages. Many bi and pan people, when they are dating someone of a different gender (for example, a bisexual woman dating a man), feel as if they are less a part of the LGBTQ community. Many bi and pan people, if they speak about their sexuality while in a relationship, are asked “Why does it matter?” We assert that these stories DO matter, and we come together to hear how they have for others.

Worship will open with band-led music. We will have a small panel of bisexual / pansexual people who are currently in different-gender relationships. There will be open time for prayer and meditation, followed by sharing in communion and fellowship time after worship.

All those who affirm and celebrate the lives of queer and trans Christians are welcome to join us.

Beautiful Bodies: LGBTQ Worship on September 24

Beautiful Bodies is our third worship service grounded in the experiences of the LGBTQ community and led by its members from throughout the Twin Cities.

As lesbian, gay, bisexual/pansexual, trans and gender nonconforming, intersex, asexual, and queer Christians, we have often become isolated from our own bodies. How can we learn to reconnect with our physical selves and with our word-in-flesh God?

Worship will open with band-led music. Our preacher will be Austen Hartke, vlogger of the Trans and Christian series on YouTube . There will be open time for prayer and meditation, followed by sharing in communion and fellowship time after worship.

All those who affirm and celebrate the lives of queer and trans Christians are welcome to join us.

Whom Shall I Say Sent Me? LGBTQ Worship

Whom Shall I Say Sent Me is a worship service designed for and led by members of the LGBTQ community throughout the Twin Cities.

This worship service will be formed around the many metaphors for God as found in Scripture — including metaphors that are female or even totally ungendered. As lesbian, gay, bisexual/pansexual, trans and gender nonconforming, intersex, asexual, and queer Christians, we can often feel “unnamed” or unseen by images of God that rely on patriarchy, masculinity, and judgment. Our images and names for God can come from the Bible AND they can be enriched by our own experience and knowledge of the world. What does it mean to be named by God, and then in turn, what do our names for God say about the way we value ourselves and one another?

Worship will open with band-led music. Pastor Emmy will be preaching. There will be open time for prayer and meditation, followed by sharing in communion and fellowship time after worship.

All those who affirm and celebrate the lives of queer and trans Christians are welcome.

Starting With This Scripture: LGBTQ-Led Worship on July 23 at 5pm

We joyfully invite you to join us for our (first of many?) LGBTQ-led evening worship service, Starting With This Scripture. Worship is at 5pm on Sunday, July 23, at Grace Community Center for Life at 1500 6th St NE, Minneapolis MN.

Our worship service is formed around the story of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:26-40, whose race, political status, and gender nonconformity should have prevented his inclusion in the Christian church — and instead the apostle Philip is moved to tell him the good news of Jesus and baptize him. As lesbian, gay, bisexual/pansexual, trans and gender nonconforming, intersex, asexual, and queer Christians, many of us have known what it’s like for our sexuality or gender identity to be considered prohibitive to our inclusion in the church. In this story we recognize and celebrate God’s abundant love for *all* — including those whom the “insiders” of the church never thought possible.

Worship will open with band-led music. Our preacher will be Nikole Mitchell, member of the Thursday night preaching team at Woodland Hills Church. There will be open time for prayer and meditation, followed by sharing in communion and fellowship time after worship.

All those who affirm and celebrate the lives of queer and trans Christians are welcome.