What to Expect
Come and experience radical hospitality, and be yourself.
We offer Sunday Worship at 10:30 am.
Our congregation includes people of different ages, races & ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities — people from all walks of life. If you’re looking for a church committed to the expansive Gospel of Jesus Christ, come see what we offer.
We are a dynamic liturgical church. In the morning, we sing music from a broad range of places, including hymns, spirituals, and Taize chants. We offer a children’s sermon many Sunday mornings and consider worship to be an opportunity for shared leadership as we invite people into the regular roles of assisting minister, readers, greeters, and communion assistants.
Sundays at Luther Place
- 9:15 am Spiritual Formation for Children and Youth from September to May & Adults year-round (check the calendar for adjustments) in the Library.
- 9:30 am Community Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary) — Come as you are!
- 10:30 am Worship Service with Communion (Free ASL interpreter available for this service. Email the Director of Operations to make arrangements.)
Children are encouraged to participate at all services. Sunday school classes for all ages begin at 9:15 am. We offer hospitality for children through an activity table in the back of the Sanctuary. For the very young (infants-5 years old), a nursery is available before, during, and after the 10:30 am Worship Service.
We believe that God cares more about you than about what you wear to church, so casual clothing is fine. We dress very casually around here, leave that tie at home. Very likely a Sunday School or Adult Formation leader may be wearing jeans or casual pants. In fact, when the weather warms up, don’t be surprised to see people in shorts.
Luther Place is located at 1226 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington DC 20005. We are on Thomas Circle, at the intersection of 14th Street, N Street, Massachusetts Avenue, and Vermont Avenue, NW. Get directions.
September through the end of May, the children gather at 9:15am (check signs in the building for location), and we offer a time of Bible stories, spiritual practice, and related art activities to teach the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Adult Spiritual Formation
Do you have questions about discipleship, and following Jesus? On Sundays, we gather at 9:15 am in the Library to make connections between our faith, historical religious leaders, spiritual practices, and our daily lives. Please email Pastor Karen.
Looking to grow spiritually and build relationships at Luther Place? Please email Pastor Karen for more information.
Are you looking for fellowship with men? This group gathers monthly to share a meal and conversation; please email Jeff Serfass for more information.
20’s & 30’s
Our young adults have regular opportunities for fellowship and to explore spirituality. A great way to stay connected is to join our Luther Place Young Adult Facebook Group. Please email Collin Bradley for more information.
Please visit our Engage page for a full listing of opportunities at Luther Place.
Pastor Karen Brau, ordained in 1990, came to Luther Place Memorial Church in December 2008 after serving as a Pastor in Baltimore City for 18 years. Her ministry began at Bethany Lutheran Church, and then the focus became working with lay leaders, the Synod and the ELCA to consolidate Bethany with 2 other small congregations (Trinity and Martin Luther) in East Baltimore. The new multicultural congregation is named Amazing Grace Lutheran Church (www.amazinggracelutheran.org).
In the block surrounding Amazing Game Church, Pastor Karen was part of a community effort to create the Amazing Port Street Project, which includes community gardens, murals and a community built labyrinth. Pastor Karen was also involved with the early work of the Charm City Land Trust.
Pastor Karen graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1988 and did her Lutheran coursework at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, now United Lutheran Seminary. She grew up in various parts of New York State and is a 1981 graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, majoring in economics. Pastor Karen worked in New York City at a major commercial bank for almost 5 years before responding to God’s call to consider a path towards ordination.
Pastor Karen serves as the chair of the Metro DC Synod ELCA Racial Equity Team. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Washington Interfaith Network and on the Board of N Street Village. Pastor Karen teams up with Justin Fitch to lead a group of singers named the Ambassadors of Praise — this group rehearses weekly at N Street Village and sings out in the community as well as the first Sunday of the month in worship at Luther Place Church.
Pastor Karen has a deep interest in prayer and contemplation and has a long term connection with Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, Indiana as well as a Franciscan Convent in Northern Baltimore County. Pastor Karen has collaborated in self-publishing 2 books — Breaking Bread: Stories of Luther Place Memorial Church and N Street Village; and a book of poetry entitled We Garden Under Blue Lights. Pastor Karen Brau is married to Ed Miller, and between them they have 5 adult children — Eddie, Erin, Meredith, Sam and Hannah, and one granddaughter, Dorothy, who is a college student.
Taking time for reflection can sometimes be difficult given the realities of daily life in Washington D.C. We invite you to create sacred time and space for a few moments each day and offer the following resources.
Spiritual Growth Resources
- Pray-as-You-Go: daily prayer, scripture, & centering devotion downloadable on your electronic device produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives.
- Inward/Outward-seeking the depths: daily thoughts sent to your e-mail inviting you to slow down and ponder, a project of the Church of the Saviour.
- Living Lutheran: Martin Luther said, “Our faith is a living, busy, mighty, active thing.” Living Lutheran invites you to share in the sense of purpose that our faith brings to our lives through a variety of online publications.
- Rolling Ridge Retreat House: Located on 1400 acres of forest in West Virginia, Rolling Ridge includes an art cottage, a meditation chapel and a labyrinth. Individual, family and group retreat options are available.
Daily Bible Reading
Submit a prayer request and our Pastoral Team or a member of the Luther Place Prayer Community will pray for your request.