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.

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' Sunday: February 10.

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

Choir:
The Christmas Choir service was be Sunday, December 9, at 10:30 a.m.  The choir is now taking a well-deserved break. We will resume rehearsals on March 25, 2019, with a special one for Ash Wednesday (March 6) on Mon. Feb. 25, 2019, at  7:15 p.m. New singers are always welcome to join us. Please see Kaija Ranta.

O.S. Special Music:
Would you like to enrich our Sunday service with a musical contribution? Contact Kaija Ranta. Thank you to the Band and singers for the music on Jan. 13.

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:
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.
  • the Lutheran Community Care Centre, including its Street Reach ministry on Simpson Street
  • Anglican and Lutheran Group
  • Current River Food Bank
  • Gathering Table Anglican Food Cupboard
  • the Thunder Bay Food Bank
  • Mission to Seafarers
  • Dew Drop Inn
  • Basketeers - Faye Peterson, Beendigen, and Hope House
  • Inter-Church Refugee Committee
  • Teen and Adult Challenge Thunder Bay - Hope House
Thank you: 
  • Lutheran Community Care Centre:  Welcome to our new Street Reach chaplain, Pastor Brad Julien.  Pastor Brad is also serving Redeemer Lutheran - Kakabeka Falls.  The Street Reach Resource Centre, 633 Simpson Street, is open Mon - Wed, 10:00 - 2:30 p.m. To contact the chaplain, call 474-9661 (cell).
  • Thank you to all who joined us for our Annual Fall Supper, Sun. Nov. 4. The net proceeds from the free-will offering at the door, $673, has been given to Hope House, the new women's program at Teen and Adult Challenge Thunder Bay.
  • This is the 4th year Our Saviour's has been donating to Basketeers and we filled 3 baskets this year. This brings our total to 11 baskets altogether that have been donated to Faye Peterson Transition House, Beendigen, and new this year, Hope House - Adult and Teen Challenge Thunder Bay.
  • Thank you to for the items given to Mission to Seafarers Thunder Bay Centre to help make up 220 Christmas gift bags for sailors visiting the port during December.
Inter-Church Refugee Committee:
The Jewish-based 'Refugee Hub', an Ottawa-based charity, has agreed to give the I-CRC $25,000 to pay for the I-CRC's share of supporting a family of 3 siblings born in Yemen who lived in Somalia but were forced by civil war there to flee to Malaysia. They have arrived and are in their new apartment! If you're willing to help out to settle this family, please get hold of Pastor Matthew, the I-CRC representative to our congregation.  We can always use help in the first few months in getting folks to medical, banking, and other appointments.