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.
Communion during the summer months is being held as usual'

NEW:  For those needing gluten-free wafers, a container with individually wrapped ones is now in mailbox # 171. Please pick up one and bring to the front when communing. For more details, see Pastor Matthew.

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':  July 29.

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:
Thank you for its special music on Confirmation Sunday, June 3. It will resume practices in mid-fall.

O.S. Special Music:
Would you like to enrich our Sunday service with a musical contribution? Contact Kaija Ranta. Thank you to Nora for being our guest organist on July 1!

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 Services:
Note: there are no services during July and August.
Partnering with the Lutheran Community Care Centre, Pastor Matthew presides at Holy Communion at Hogarth-Riverview Manor, Chapel - Main Floor, on the 1st Thursday of the month and leads Service of the Word 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.

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.
  • 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 Lutheran Community Care Centre, including its Street Reach ministry on Simpson Street
  • Current River Food Bank
  • Gathering Table Anglican Food Cupboard
  • the Thunder Bay Food Bank
  • Mission to Seafarers
  • Dew Drop Inn
  • Basketeers - Faye Peterson and Beendigen
  • Blessings in a Backpack - Thunder Bay (Isthmus Canada)
  • The Underground Gym
  • Inter-Church Refugee Committee
  • Teen Challenge
  • Our Kids Count
  • Salvation Army
  • Children's Centre Thunder Bay
Thank you:
  • Thank you from the Mission to Seafarers:In 2017 we helped 96% of the ocean-going ships that came to the port of Thunder Bay, working with 88 ships and transporting 828 sailors.  The Seafarers' Centre at Keefer Terminal was open on 133 evenings with 509 sailors visiting.  159 Christmas gift bags were delivered to 8 ships.  Chaplain Ed Swayze's time has been increased by 1 7/8 days per week to 2 1/4 days (45% time). 
  • Gathering Table Food Cupboard "The clients of St. John's Cupboard thank you for your generous support that meets their basic needs. For the first quarter of 2018 there has been more than a 3% increase in clients served compared to last year at this time."