Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church has three worship services, each distinct in location, music, and atmosphere. Feed your soul, fuel up for the week, and be equipped as a disciple to serve Christ in the world. Sermons from the 8:30 AM Sacred Journey and 10 AM Traditional Worship services are available to stream/download through Hennepin Podcast Ministries, and you can live stream the 10 AM worship online. Find right fit for you.

Sabbath Beginnings | 8 AM, Border Chapel

Sabbath Beginnings

Begin your Sunday sabbath in an intimate, informal gathering to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. This 30-minute worship service features a scripture reading with a period of discussion/reflection, prayers of the people, and celebrates communion. Border Chapel provides an intimate setting as the morning sun streams through stained glass windows that tell the parables of Jesus and depict the stories of the disciples. In this weekly ritual, worshipers recommit their lives to walking in the Way of Jesus.

Sabbath Beginnings is stewarded by retired Rev. Dwight Haberman in partnership with Associate Pastor Nate Melcher and Senior Pastor Judy Zabel. Download the latest bulletin.

Sacred Journey | 8:30 AM, Art Gallery

Sacred JourneyYour life is a sacred journey, and we take this journey together. This 70-minute worship service features poetry, scripture and other readings, a story or sermon from a lay person or clergy person, prayers of the people, and a variety of music – from jazz to classic hymns, from fresh hymns to secular-and-spiritual songs. With the worshiping body seated in a circle and surrounded by artists’ work from throughout the years, the Art Gallery provides a peaceful, Christ-centered setting to worship. All are welcome to speak their questions, sing their joy, dance and laugh, and create prayer that grounds all in the goodness of Creation. Communion is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of the month.

Sacred Journey features local jazz musicians Steve Blons, Mary Louise Knutson, and Steven Hobert. It is created and guided by the community and stewarded by Rev. Sally Johnson.

Traditional Worship | 10 AM, Sanctuary

Traditional Worship

Experience the joy, the excitement, and the majesty of a traditional worship service. This 60-minute worship service features scripture- and thematically-inspired liturgy and corporate prayer, a scripture reading, hymns both traditional and new accompanied by the beautiful organ, a pastoral prayer, blessings of peace and justice, and anthems from a variety of choirs, music ensembles, and special guests. The sanctuary’s striking beauty offers a classic setting for dynamic worship: detailed stained glass windows, intricate woodwork and sturdy stone, and a gigantic organ provide sacred space to gather and declare praise to God and create community. Communion is celebrated on the 1st Sunday of the month.

Senior Pastor Judy Zabel and Associate Pastor Nate Melcher, along with occasional guest preachers, craft and deliver sermons that inspire, challenge, and equip worshipers to go out into the world and share the love of Christ. Traditional Worship is stewarded by the entire appointed clergy team and Bill Mathis, Director of Music and Fine Arts.


There are several worship services at special times throughout the year, too, including:

  • Ash Wednesday | 12 PM, Border Chapel; 7 PM, Sanctuary (February 10, 2016)
  • Maundy Thursday | 12 PM, Border Chapel; 7 PM, Sanctuary (March 24, 2016)
  • Good Friday | 12 PM, Border Chapel, 7 PM Sanctuary (March 25, 2016)
  • Easter Sunday | 7 AM, Art Gallery, 9 AM & 11 AM Sanctuary (March 27, 2016)
  • Blessing of the Animals | 6 PM, Sanctuary (October, 2016 date TBA)
  • Service of Hope and Healing | 6 PM, Border Chapel (December, 2016 date TBA)
  • Christmas Eve | 12 PM, Border Chapel; 2 PM Labyrinth, 4 PM Pageant, 7 PM, 11 PM, Sanctuary (December 24, 2016)