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. 

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': Sept. 24.

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:
Our first practice for Advent/Christmas will be held on Mon. Oct. 16. 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 Ranta and Artith Francis for the special music on Sept. 17.

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
  • The Underground Gym
  • Inter-Church Refugee Committee
  • Teen Challenge
Thank you to:
  • those donating funds for the CLWR 'Hurricane Irma' emergency appeal.
Pancakes Help Underground Gym

Our Saviour's held a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 28, celebrating with rich pancakes, fruit syrups and sausages before the austerity of Lent began. The 75 people who shared in the meal donated $750 to the Underground Gym, through their freewill offerings at the door. On Sunday, March 5, we were able to present this to its founder and director, Peter Panetta, Lookng on are his grandchildren Colton and Chase, Linda Sander, congregational chairperson, and Jeff Thingstad and Beth Boegh, two of the coordinators of the supper. The Underground Gym through Peter and its volunteers offers a huge range of activities in a safe environment for kids in the community who might not have access to the cultural, social and economic resources to take part in working out or boxing, getting homework help, taking music and dance lessons. Computers are also available at the gym and kids go on outings, such as skiing and bowling. Donations, participants, and volunteers are always welcome at the gym. Check out its website for more details about how you can get involved: