Come, share the gifts of God with us,

and serve the world together,

at

OUR SAVIOUR'S LUTHERAN CHURCH,

10 Farrand Street (at River),

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, CANADA

807.344.1926 osimm@tbaytel.net

Our congregation is located on the traditional territory of the Ojibway of the Fort William First Nation, a signatory to the Robinson-Superior Treaty of 1850.

Welcome!

We invite you to be part of our community of grace and faith, active in Thunder Bay for the past 115 years. We seek to continue to be a place where people can grow in their understanding of God's forgiving love revealed through Jesus. Gathered in to worship, God's Spirit calls us out to share in word and action what it means to be people of God.

OUR VISION:

"Come share the gifts of God - serve the world"

Our Facebook page is 'Our Saviour's Thunder Bay'

Our YouTube channel is Our Saviour's Lutheran Church of Thunder Bay.

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Recorded Services:

-Our services are recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel:

New: June 26 - Time after Pentecost (Service of the Word)

https://youtu.be/BgJ4f1qHFoA

June 19 - Time after Pentecost (Holy Communion/ Worship with the Band)

https://youtu.be/i7R8sfh_7QU

June 12 - The Holy Trinity (Service of the Word)

https://youtu.be/D2tp84xSVLw

June 5 - Day of Pentecost (Holy Communion)

https://youtu.be/Hu-Nb0ZAXJ4

May 29 - Seventh Sunday of Easter (Worship with the Band)

https://youtu.be/oy8-jafhYwU

Thurs. May 26 - Ascension of Our Lord (Joint Anglican-Lutheran Holy Communion, recorded at St. Thomas Anglican)

https://youtu.be/FzG0z82V4H0

Newsletter:

To receive a copy of the monthly 'Ambassador' by email, please send a request to osimm@tbaytel.net.

The text version of our Summer 2022 Newsletter is on the page 'Our Newsletter'.

Deadline for Summer 2022 'Ambassador' articles: Sept. 6


Our Saviour's This Week:

The church is open!

River Street will remain closed between Algoma and College for the foreseeable future, while repairs to the sinkhole over McVicar Creek take place. Farrand Street remains open, with access from cross streets off Algoma St. N., or from Margaret Ave. We will post pictures and updates.

In-person Sunday worship is at 10:30 a.m. We continue to record the service and upload it to our YouTube Channel later on Sunday ("Our Saviour's Lutheran Church of Thunder Bay"). Files for the order of service and sermon are emailed on Saturday and posted to our website.

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Coffee & Conversation

Join Pastor Matthew, Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., for informal conversation and brief devotions. Bring a coffee or another beverage, and a folding chair, if you have one. On nice days we will meet outside by the back of the church. On rainy days we will meet inside. If you would like to host one at your home in July, let Pastor Matthew know and we’ll fine tune the schedule.

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June 27 - July 3

Monday

Newsletter articles, please!

6:00 p.m. Lutheran Community Care Annual Meeting, at Christ Lutheran, 47 Walkover St.

6:30 p.m. Cubs

8:30 p.m. Friendly A.A. Group

Tuesday

Wednesday

7:00 p.m. Coffee & Conversation

Thursday

8:00 p.m. Friendly Group A.A.

Friday - Canada Day

Office closed

Saturday

Sunday, July 3 - Time after Pentecost

10:30 a.m. In-person Holy Communion (will be recorded, and uploaded to YouTube)

11:30 a.m. In-person Fellowship Hour

Readings: Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalm 66:1-9; Galatians 6: [1-6], 7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20.

Sermon - Pastor Matthew


Virtual Fellowship

On summer vacation!

Worship News

Hymn books are back in the pews . The words to the songs continue to be in the larger-print version of the bulletin, and in the Saturday e-mail version, and on the website.

Council has decided that we will continue to close off every other pew, unless needed. This is for the comfort and well-being of those attending.

Council recommends that we continue to wear masks in the building when in close contact with others, especially in the sanctuary when singing, and if not fully vaccinated. Thank you for making this what the Health Unit calls a 'mask-friendly space'!


Fellowship Hours after worship have resumed! Volunteers are needed to make this work: please sign up on the sheets in the front hall, or call the office for more details.

Holy Communion at Our Saviour's

We have resumed sharing both elements.


If watching online, when the presiding minister says, ‘The body of Christ given for you’, we welcome all to take and eat a piece of bread, remembering and giving thanks for the promises of grace, forgiveness, love, new life and community given us in Christ Jesus. Please also do so, taking a glass of wine or other beverage, when the presiding minister says, 'The blood of Christ, shed for you'.

For those needing gluten-free wafers, please ask Pastor Matthew.

Children's Ministry

Activity handouts related to each Sunday's readings are available. We email them on Thursday or they can be picked up at the church in the front hall. To sign up to receive them, send an email to osimm@tbaytel.net.

Our Summer seasonal activity bags are now available for pick-up in the front hall, and can also dropped off. To sign up to receive one or to update your address, email osimm@tbaytel.net The next one will be released in September/October for Fall/ Thanksgiving.

Our Coordinator is Karen Bishop.

"I Have Seen the Lord!"

ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson and Anglican Church of Canada Archbishop and Primate Linda Nicholls share an Easter message reminding us of the hope, joy and promise of the risen Christ: https://elcic.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=995f38ab3f3a9fb43ccc1bc2d&id=872b40ce87&e=00a44daf1a

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Canadian Lutheran World Relief Ukrainian Emergency AppealP


As the crisis unfolds in Ukraine, CLWR is calling on Canadians to pray for peace, and to give generously in support of CLWR partners as they respond to urgent humanitarian needs in the region.

CLWR joins its partners and people around the world in calling for an immediate end to violence. As fighting intensifies, early estimates are that millions could be rapidly displaced, creating a widespread humanitarian crisis.

CLWR partners in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries are closely monitoring the situation and preparing to respond with immediate humanitarian needs including food, shelter, emergency supplies and trauma support.

Your gift today will provide critical aid to families facing this crisis: add your donation to your offering, designating it 'CLWR Ukraine), or visit www.clwr.org.

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A Statement from the ELCIC’s National Church Council on Ukraine

MARCH 7, 2022

The ELCIC’s National Church Council met virtually from March 4-6, 2022. As part of their work, they issued the following statement.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) joins the World Council of Churches, The Lutheran World Federation, and the Canadian Council of Churches in calling for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and global solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

We denounce any and every use of deadly armed force to resolve disputes that could be resolved by dialogue. We firmly believe that dialogue – based on the principles of international law and respect for established national borders – was and is the proper path for the resolution of tensions surrounding Ukraine. We call for an immediate end to the current armed hostilities, and for the protection of all human lives and communities threatened by this violence.

The ELCIC through its partnership with Canadian Lutheran World Relief calls on its members to respond through financial support to the urgent humanitarian needs in Ukraine.

We ask all members, congregations and related agencies to examine their financial investments to ensure they do not support Russian investments.

We urge all members and all people of good will around the world to join us in prayer for peace for the people of Ukraine and the region.

Loving God, you are our peace. We pray for peace between Russia and Ukraine. We pray for the people of Ukraine – those who are forced to flee, those who are trapped and unable to flee, those who are in need of aid, those who have died. We pray for Ukrainian and Russian soldiers, that they may be moved to lay down their weapons. We pray for world leaders, that they would be led into your ways of peace and justice. We pray for our whole world who watches and worries. God have mercy!

ragement from National Bishop Susan Johnson amid these anxious times.

Ecumenical Prayer Cycle:

Malawi, Zambia

19 - 25 June 2022

Intercessions

We are thankful for:

  • the biodiversity and natural wonders in these lands

  • church leaders who have spoken out and countered sexual violence and human rights abuses

  • those who are dealing with challenges of migrations within, and to, these countries

  • stable governance and economies, and rising living standards for many people in recent years.

We pray for:

  • greater food security for those most vulnerable, especially in times of climate change

  • an end to political and economic corruption

  • rising standards of living, particularly for those most poor

  • an end to exploitation of resources and of the people, especially those who are young and/or female.

Prayers

Oh God, our Father, of all the people of the earth, look with favour upon us and hear the prayer we make for our country Zambia. We ask for your loving guidance upon all men and women in all that they do so that your blessings will be upon them.

We thank you for your protection and the peace that we have enjoyed in this country for the past 50 years. We thank you for the peace you gave us especially during the Golden Jubilee celebration as an independent nation. Let the jubilee celebrations bring more blessings to our country. We, therefore, pray for all our leaders who are serving your people in various capacities that you will give them wisdom and knowledge to know you as the sovereign Lord who created the heavens and the earth and that you are the only God among all. You deserve to be praised.

We remember especially our political leaders and ask you to bless the work of their hand and to guide their decision so that our country may continue to be peaceful and that we may deserve an honoured place among all nations.

We pray for the young men and women upon whom the future of this country depends. Teach them to be responsible citizens so that they can grow in the knowledge of your word, in the fear of sin and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to the whole world for the salvation of humankind.

We pray for all churches in Zambia. Bless all the clergy, the church workers and all the church members. Help us all to witness to others so that we all may be one in Christ Jesus. Be with the United Church of Zambia as they celebrate in 2015 the Golden Jubilee of its existence as a united church. We thank you for the blessing of this double golden jubilee, one as a country and the other as a church.

May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and protect us. In the name of Jesus Christ Our Lord we pray, because he reigns for ever and ever. Amen

(Sarah S. Kaulule, The United Church of Zambia, former vice moderator of the WCC Commission on Faith and Order)

God of love, God of compassion,

in the midst of death and evil,

you mercifully look after us:

protecting, providing and smiling,

constantly reassuring us of your care.

Grant to us the joy of this occasion, especially as we celebrate our birthdays, knowing that your love is life.

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may acquire a heart of wisdom, through him whose life has become our light, even Jesus Christ.

(Rev. Dr Augustine Musopole, Malawi. In: Africa Praying: A Handbook on HIV/AIDS Sensitive Sermon Guidelines and Liturgy, ed. Musa W. Dube, WCC, 2003, pp.164, 11-12, 89)

We are all affected by HIV/AIDS;

we are the body of Christ.

We have lost close relatives;

heal our bodies.

We have lost close friends and neighbours;

heal our hearts.

We have lost church and work mates;

heal our spirits.

We have lost our hope;

heal our minds.

We put our trust in you.

You are Emmanuel, you are God With Us.

You will never leave us or forsake us.

You will be with us to the end of the ages.

(Fulata L. Moyo, Malawi, and Musa W. Dube, Botswana. In: Africa Praying: A Handbook on HIV/AIDS Sensitive Sermon Guidelines and Liturgy, ed. Musa W. Dube, WCC, 2003, p.44.)

OFFERINGS

Thank you for your offerings, sharing the gifts of God so that together we might serve the world!

During our worship, you are able to share your offerings at the entrance to the sanctuary. At other times, and for those unable to attend worship, here are options:

1. Mail envelopes to the church

Mailing address: 10 Farrand St. Thunder Bay P7A 3H5

2. Drop envelopes off at church

You can drop off envelopes in the mailbox beside the parking lot doors. Calling to let us know, 344-1926, is appreciated, so that the offering can be brought inside as soon as possible.

3. E-Transfer online banking

a. If you use online banking, log into your account

b. Add Our Saviour’s as a recipient using our office email address:

osimm.office@tbaytel.net

c. Enter the desired amount and click ‘send’.

4. Sign up for Pre-Authorized Withdrawal (PAR)

You are able to have your monthly offerings directly deposited from your financial institution to that of the church. You can designate it 1-3 ways: Weekly, Building, Forward in Mission. You also can receive undated envelopes for other offerings. To sign up, call the office. If you desire to make any changes at any time of the year, or if you have updates on your address or financial institution, please call the church office, 344-1926.

5. Canada Helps

Our regional synod office has set up Canada Helps button link, you can use to donate to congregations. The charitiable donation receipt will be issued by Canada Helps directly. (It is important to note that there is a cost to using Canada Helps as our donation service. Please considering adding 4% to your donation to cover these costs.)

http://mnosynod.org/donate/


Envelopes for your 2022 offerings are. available. If you wish to sign up for a supply, please contact the office, 344-1926, osimm@tbaytel.net .


Again, we are so thankful for your faithful generosity.