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Open Arms Preschool
Where your child can play, explore, and create!

Welcome to Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church!

Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church is a Christian community dedicated to growing the personal faith of its members, strengthening the support and connection between its members and becoming a religious resource in its urban neighborhood surroundings.  GA thrives through a foundation of service to Christ and a commitment to spiritual development and outreach.

We have been a source of spiritual and community strength in the Gramercy Park area for almost 150 years.  We recently launched Open Arms Preschool - founded on the philosophy that play is a child's vehicle for learning.

We are within walking distance to many of Manhattan's east side neighborhoods including Kips Bay, Peter Cooper Village & Stuyvesant Town, the Lower East Side, and Murray Hill.  We are conveniently located to public transportation.

Please join us - Renewing Faith and Building Community.


Join us for Sunday worship.
All are welcome! 


9:00 AM

Abbreviated Service with Holy Communion


10:00 AM

Adult Bible Study

Fellowship Hall

11:00 AM

Full Liturgy Service with Holy Communion


11:15 AM Children’s message and Children’s Sunday School


12:30 PM

Fellowship time
(coffee and snacks)

Fellowship Hall

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Next Edition of the Daily Devotional

The next edition of the daily devotional: “The Word and Season” can be found in the back of the church.


Collecting Food for the Hungry and Homeless

As the weather begins to change, life for those who are hungry and homeless becomes even more difficult. Please bring non-perishable food items and place them in the baskets at the sanctuary entrance. The food we collect will be taken to the food pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lower Eastside.


Healing Services

We offer brief healing services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays each month. These are powerful times of anointing and prayer. They are held in the sanctuary after the 11 AM service.

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Worship Events

Special Events

  • A Festive Service Featuring Grace Drums
    01/25/2015 –01/25/2015

    Join us on January 25, 11:00 a.m. for a remarkable worship experience featuring “Grace Drums.” music .  This magnificent group of 7 women will provide music that is deeply rooted in African Tradition.  With a variety of large drums they will play, sing, and dance throughout the worship service. It is spectacular!!

  • Manhattan Quadrant Meeting at GA
    01/31/2015 –01/31/2015

    Bishop Rimbo and the Synod Staff will begin a series of Quadrant visits in 2015.  1/31 will be at GA.

  • Annual Meeting and Luncheon
    02/01/2015 –02/01/2015

    The congregation will hold its annual meeting on February 1 at 1:00 PM.  Let us enjoy a pot luck lunch during the meeting. Please bring a dish to share.

  • Annual GA retreat @ Koinonia
    02/26/2015 –02/28/2015

    The Annual GA Retreat at Koinonia will be Feb. 27 - Mar. 1.  

  • Sesquicentennial Celebrations (150th Anniversary)
    10/25/2015 –10/25/2015

    Join us to Celebrate GA's 150th Anniversary. 

Community Events

  • Infant and Toddler Pajama Jam @ Open Arms Preschool
    02/07/2015 –02/07/2015

    Open Arms Preschool, a ministry of GA, will be holding an Infant/Toddler Pajama Jam on Feb. 7.

  • Visit to the Detention Center
    02/14/2015 –02/14/2015

    We are invited by Seafarers International House (SIH) to join them in visiting adults who have been detained with immigration documentation issues at the Elizabeth Detention Center.

Education Events

  • Adult Bible Study
    01/25/2015 –01/25/2015

    Join us for an ongoing study/reflection on the book of Job.

  • Adult Bible Study
    02/01/2015 –02/01/2015

    Join us for an ongoing study/reflection on the book of Job.

  • Adult Bible Study
    02/08/2015 –02/08/2015

    Join us for an ongoing study/reflection on the book of Job.

    02/08/2015 –02/08/2015

    18 people ventured out to the streets last year (Union Square and Madison Square Park) to offer ashes and prayer on Ash Wednesday.  It was our second time and it was a remarkable experience. By the end of the day,

Fellowship Events