Worship, Witness, and Service

Worship

We gather on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.. Holy Communion is celebrated on the 1st and 3rd Sundays monthly, plus special times of the church year.  
(Note: Dec. Communions:  Dec. 3, Christmas Eve (7 and 10), Christmas Day).

Our worship style is a blend of traditional and contemporary forms and music. To help us in this we use as our main resource the cranberry 'Evangelical Lutheran Worship' book, published in 2006. 

The 'Band' usually leads worship one Sunday per month.  Our next 'Worship with the Band': Nov. 26.

Holy Communion is open to all the baptised, regardless of Christian background or age. A First Communion instruction session is held as desired.  Call Pastor Matthew to register, 344-1926.

Choir:
We are meeting Mondays, 7:15-8:30 p.m., around the piano in the sanctuary, as we prepare for Advent and Christmas. See the director, Kaija Ranta for more details.

O.S. Special Music:
Would you like to enrich our Sunday service with a musical contribution? Contact Kaija Ranta. Thank you to Kaija for the special music on Reformation Sunday, Oct. 29.

Sunday Prayers:
There is a book in the front hall, next to the Martin Luther statue.  In it you can write down prayer requests.  These will be added to the Prayers of the People, as we seek to more fully include the concerns of those worshipping.

Prayer Chain Ministry:
 If you would like to sign up to be called to pray for those asking for our prayers, or if you have a prayer concern, contact Linda Thingstad.  If you have a prayer request for Sunday worship, please continue to use the book in the front hall, or call Pastor Matthew.

Private Communion:
Private Communion is offered by Pastor Matthew for the sick and shut-in. Please contact the Office at 344-1926 to arrange a time and date.

LCCC Chapel Service:
Partnering with the Lutheran Community Care Centre, Pastor Matthew leads worship at Hogarth-Riverview Manor, 3 North (Lily Residence), on the 1st Thursday of the monthand at Roseview Manor on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (main floor Gathering Space), both at 10:30 a.m. 
All are welcome to join the residents/patients. If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any of these services, please see Pastor Matthew.
Note: there are no services during July and August.

Our Chimes:
On Dec. 11, 2016 our Sunday School children unveiled the names of the 'bells', the bell-shaped external speakers for our chimes.  
They are 'Glory, Joy, Love, Honour'.  
Thank you to the children, the leaders, and all who offered suggestions for the names.
The bells first hung in the tower of Our Saviour's on Secord Street, donated in 1958 by Mr. Ogden.  Since 1970 they have hung outside the choir loft window at our location on Farrand Street -- thanks to Gerry LaForme for installing them back then!


 



Witness and Service

We reach out with Christ's love through ministries which include:
 
  • 'Our Saviour's Cares': We pray that we may serve the Lord and our congregation when and where we're needed.  Examples of caring including prayers, visits, cards, meals, and phone calls. Contact the Parish Office for more details.
  • the Lutheran Community Care Centre, including its Street Reach ministry on Simpson Street
  • Scouting: the 178th Thunder Bay Cub pack meets Mondays at Our Saviour's, at 6:30 p.m.
  • A.A. meetings (closed), Mondays, 8:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 8 p.m.
  • Narcotics Anonymous meetings (closed), Thursdays, 8 p.m.
  • the Regional Food Distribution Association
  • Current River Food Bank
  • St. John's Anglican Food Cupboard
  • the Thunder Bay Food Bank
  • Mission to Seafarers
  • Christmas Cheer
  • Dew Drop Inn
  • Basketeers - Faye Peterson and Beendigen
  • national church Reformation Challenge
  • Blessings in a Backpack - Thunder Bay (Isthmus Canada)
  • The Underground Gym
  • Inter-Church Refugee Committee
  • Teen Challenge
Thank you to:
  • to those who donated 2 baskets full of items for 'Baskets of Hope', and to Corinne for coordinating the appeal
  • to Pastor Carla Blakley, for joining us, and preaching, as part of CLWR Sunday, Nov.18-19.

Mission to Seafarers

To: Thunder Bay Churches/Faith Groups and Friends: The Mission to Seafarers: Port of Thunder Bay is looking for donations for Christmas Gift Bags to be given to seafarers in December; our objective is to prepare for 11 ships with 20 bags /ship or 220 bags. Donations need to be at the Seafarers’ Centre by November 20, and suggested donations include mittens, gloves, writing paper, and wrapped candy. Clean, used or new, but usable, warm, small-large men's clothing to distribute to seafarers is also needed; please bring clothing to the drop off box at the Seafarers’ Centre. Finally, we would like to invite you to join us for a St. Nicolas Day Eucharist and lunch, Wednesday, December 6 at 12:10 p.m. at the Seafarers’ Centre, 100 Main St.. St. Nicolas is the patron saint of seafarers. For further information visit www.missiontoseafarers.ca/thunderbay or call 344-8241.Thank you for support. We are now coming up to one of the busier times in the year as the Port is shipping the grain harvest.

LCCC Annual In-Gathering

The LCCC's Annual In-Gathering for Street Reach Ministries will take place on Sun. Nov. 26.  This year we are in need of cookies, creamer, jam, fruit cups, and cheez whiz.  Bags are available on the table in the front hall. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Mitten Tree

It is time once again for our annual Mitten Tree. Donations of mitts, hats, socks, scarves, etc...would be appreciated. The Mitten Tree will remain up until Dec. 3, with the donations going to the Lutheran Community Care Centre client party (Dec. 6) and other local charities.



Donation to St. John's Food Cupboard

"Brothers and sisters at Our Saviour's.Thank you for your generous support in feeding the needy of our city. Your cash donations allows our purchasers to acquire needed supplies when sales are on. The Food Cupboard is currently providing food to approximately 95 individuals  per Sunday it is open (operates bi=weekly). This year to date the weekly high has been 149 clients served and the low was 66. Your continued support is reflects the kingdom in our community.  Thank you.  Blessings in Christ, Dale, Food Cupboard Chairperson