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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In-person Worship has resumed

We have been able to gather on Sundays since July 11. The province's Stage 3 of the Roadmap to Reopening plan sets the capacity for indoor worship of the number of persons able to remain 2 metres apart, not including households/caregivers. This works out to a limit of about 50 .


Covid-19 guidelines remain in place -- screening and name taking at the door, wearing masks, no singing, sitting socially distant except with households and caregivers, and receiving Holy Communion in the pews.


The province HAS not mandated Vaccine passports for worshipping in our sanctuary. We are awaiting updates on this, as well as how it applies to the use of Immanuel Hall.


We continue to record our services and post them on our YouTube channel, ‘Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Thunder Bay’. Links are on our website and Facebook page. We email worship and sermon files each Saturday, and post them on our website.

If you would like to borrow a copy of ‘Evangelical Lutheran Worship’, to use at home for the hymns, please call the office: 344-1926.


'Come share the gifts of God - serve the world'.

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Our Saviour's This Week:

Sept. 20 - 26

Monday

9:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Federal Election polls (front hall) - please call first, for access to rest of building

No Cubs this week

Tuesday

Wednesday

Scand. Home board meeting (Immanuel Hall)

6:30 p.m. TBay Carvers (Immanuel Hall)

Thursday

8:00 Friendly Group A.A. (Immanuel Hall)

Friday

Saturday

Sunday, September 26, Time after Pentecost

10:30 a.m. In-person Worship with the Band (shortened version video on YouTube later)

Readings: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; Psalm 19:7-14; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50.

Sermon - Pastor Matthew


Virtual Fellowship

Our next session is on Sun. Sept. 26, at 1:00 p.m. The Zoom invitation will be sent out in the Sat. email, or can be received by emailing osimm@tbaytel.net.

At this time, we will normally be meeting on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of the month (non-Communion).

Newsletter:

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

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

Deadline for Oct. 'Ambassador' articles: Sept. 27

Recorded Services:

-Our services are recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Thunder Bay’:

New: Sept. 19, Time after Pentecost (shortened version):

https://youtu.be/XLw57BdSqZA

Sept. 12: Time after Pentecost - not available

Sept. 5, Time after Pentecost: https://youtu.be/whzId52f8ks

August 29, Time after Pentecost: https://youtu.be/7kGTncXC_fc

August 22, Time after Pentecost:

https://youtu.be/tSqLbwqVNBI

Children's Ministry

Activity handouts related to each Sunday's readings continue to be available. We email them 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.

There has been no in-person Sunday School since March 2020. The good news is that the current provincial guidelines enable children to gather, provided they are socially distanced and masked. Let Pastor Matthew or Karen Bishop know if you would like your children to take part, you would like to help, or if you have concerns about an in-person setting.

Another option is preparing monthly take home/drop-off kits. We welcome your feedback on this as well.

Full plans for our fall children's ministry will be in the October newsletter.

Our previous practice;

On the first and third Sundays of each month (our Holy Communion celebrations) we had traditional Sunday School sessions, for children in JK - Gr. 6. They joined worship for the sharing of Communion.

'Adventure' bags were available on all Sundays, located under the mailboxes. These bags contained both general and Sunday specific activities for the children to engage in while they attend worship - either sitting in the area near the mailboxes or in the pews. There was a Children's Message on each of these Sundays as well.

Our Coordinator is Karen Bishop.

ELCIC Members Encouraged To Respond With Prayers, Financial Support Following Devastating Earthquake In Haiti

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson urges members to pray for all who have been affected by the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti and to support relief efforts.

August 17, 2021


Dear friends in Christ,


With sadness and a heavy heart, I invite you to join me in praying for the people of Haiti and in supporting relief efforts for those affected by the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the region on the morning of August 14.


Early reports indicate that over 1,400 people were killed and over 6,000 people were injured. Hundreds are still missing, thousands of families have lost their homes and schools, and bridges and other vital infrastructure has been destroyed.


This comes in addition to ongoing political turmoil after the assignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise on July 7th, struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic and now Tropical Storm Grace causing additional damage in the region. Haiti has been described as the poorest country in the Americas. It is difficult to imagine the courage and resilience of spirit required to address this combination of tragedies facing the people of Haiti.


Through our partner Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), I invite you to consider a financial donation to assist with emergency relief efforts for the people of Haiti. In response to this disaster, CLWR’s partners, including the Lutheran World Federation, are on the ground already responding by helping to ensure emergency shelter, sanitation, hygiene and trauma care for those affected.


Individuals and congregations wishing to support relief efforts can donate as follows:

- Make a designated offering donation for “Haiti Emergency” through any ELCIC congregation.

- Call CLWR at 1-800-661-2597 (locally at 204-694-6502) to donate by credit card or go online at https://clwr.donorshops.com/haiti.

- Send a cheque made payable to CLWR and mailed to CLWR, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to “Haiti Emergency.”


Thank you for your support!


Yours in Christ,


The Rev. Susan C. Johnson

National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Thurs. Sept. 30

"Dear friends in Christ,

I am writing to encourage members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church In Canada (ELCIC) to observe Thursday, September 30 as Orange Shirt Day, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. I invite you to make this a day of quiet reflection, learning and/or participation in a community event.

For several years, Orange Shirt Day has been observed on September 30 each year as a way to create meaningful discussion regarding the legacy of residential schools. This year, the Government of Canada designated September 30 as a federal statutory holiday called National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The purpose of the day is to promote reconciliation and help ensure that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools is never forgotten.

Some ways to consider observing this day are:

• Wear orange on September 30 as a sign of solidarity, remembering and renewed commitment (www.orangeshirtday.org).

• Utilize resources from the Anglican Church of Canada and Indigenous Ministries that have been specifically developed for 2021, including a video, introduction to the day and prayers.

• Consider the following list of resources that the Eastern Synod has prepared for learning and reflection.

• Review A Renewed Call to Reconciliation offered by the Conference of Bishops on June 1, 2021 and consider your next steps on the reconciliation journey.

• Share how you will honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by taking pictures (with permission if others are involved) and posting to social media using the hashtags, #OrangeShirtDay; #EveryChildMatters; #IWearOrangeBecause, #MyELCIC.

• Pray for Indigenous siblings, for right relationships, for your community, and for ourselves as we continue to live into our ministry of reconciliation in Christ’s name.

On September 30 the ELCIC National Office will be closed to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Staff will be wearing orange and gathering for a time of reflection on September 29.

September 30 reminds us that every child matters. It is a day to remember the children who did not return home from residential schools, survivors, families and all who need who need healing. May God’s grace and unconditional love surrounding you as you pray, reflect, learn and gather.

I invite you to join me in a Prayer of Reconciliation, written by Cari Klaassen. Carolyn (Cari) Klaassen is a long-time member of the ELCIC, a 60’s scoop survivor, an Ojibway woman from the Henley Inlet First Nation, and an Indigenous MDiv student at Vancouver School of Theology (VST).

Creator God, most loving and our protector, we come today to offer our sorrows, our passions, our grief, our commitments.

We thank you Creator God, for the life you bestowed upon us. We thank you Creator God, for the journey that we have indwelled with your direction.

We thank you for the creation that you have given us and for the earth and all that is within it. From the land, the oceans, the water ways, the trees, the vegetation; to the animals, birds of the air, animals of the sea, that give life and continue to nourish our lives. We take great pride in what you have given us.

We remember the children that have been found and have been hidden from us for so long. We thank you for each one of their lives, that you protected and cherished them when we didn’t know.

We pray for all the families that have lost these little ones and we pray for those who endured the pain, abuse and neglect but survived to tell their story. We thank you for giving them the courage and strength to move on and heal. With you all things are possible.

We pray for the governments, churches, and other institutions that were involved with the Residential Schools and that justice is served and the healing may continue.

Gracious God, protect and surround Indigenous people with your Great Spirit and comfort us in this time.

Our lament is to cry out to you, to cry to you for healing, to take away the pain that burdens Indigenous people. The pain of the horrors that these innocent children endured. The cries that were only heard by their abusers.

Give us the strength and the boldness to rise above and prevail in the work that you have entrusted to us to fulfil.

Most of all, Loving God, we thank you for each one of our lives. You created us in your image. Not one is left alone, not one is forgotten. We thank you that even when we live in a fallen world and evil has been bestowed upon us, we still prevail above all to continue the work you have given each of us.

Give us the courage to say, yes, and to stand up against wrongs that have been done, to stand up against wrongs done to Indigenous people of Canada. That this world is restored to what it was intended by you.

We thank you for the lives that have gone to be with you. We thank you for their leadership and compassion. Their work is done on earth and continues, as they have left for us to continue.

Sovereign of our lives, we pray for leaders in government, in churches, in the world that they make just decisions and reprimand the wrongs that have been done to these children and families. You are a just God and a God of vengeance.

We thank you, Holy God, as we meet in this sacred space. In Jesus’ mighty name, in all my relations. "

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Susan C. Johnson

National Bishop,

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Ecumenical Prayer Cycle

Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay

19 - 25 September 2021

Intercessions

We are thankful for:

  • individuals, churches and other organizations who remain committed to seeking healing, justice and truth

  • the furthering of human rights and democratic institutions

  • the ways in which those of different faiths and ethnicities are working together for the common good and for the needs of people and creation

  • how churches, from out of what people are experiencing, have led global ecumenical work for an economy that serves life.

We pray for:

  • greater respect for Indigenous people and greater acceptance of all peoples across bounds of ethnicity and religion

  • The protection of children from violence and abuse, and recognition of their rights and dignity

  • effective help and empowerment for those who live in poverty and other marginalizing situations

  • those who protect and care for the region’s threatened soil, forests, waters, glaciers

  • truth and justice in continuing investigations to find those responsible for crimes against humanity, and continued healing for those affected

  • economic development that benefits all and effectively addresses the systemic factors that impede it.

Prayers

The creed of the pilgrim God

We believe in a pilgrim God, who crosses frontiers, boundaries and barriers, who leaves his greatness behind and meets us on the way and comes to us holding out his hand.

‘I am the Lord, your God, I care for you, I am coming with you.’

We believe in Jesus Christ, who walked on our earth, who was born homeless, who found no place to lay his head, wandering, journeying, even when a child pursued.

He revealed justice, brought people peace, and played out his life even unto death itself.

We believe in the Spirit, who shapes and polishes us, with blasts of wind and sand, who gives us courage to witness to the boundless grace of God.

(Margarita Ouwerkerk, Argentina)

God of life,

you put in human beings the imprint of your image and likeness and made us to participate with you in your creation.

Forgive our incapacity to respect and protect life in all its forms.

God of justice, you call us to travel this path which is the only route leading to true peace.

Forgive our daily acts of injustice which condemn many, many persons to death by hunger, exclusion and war, and lead us to the abyss of endless violence.

God, incarnate in history, forgive us because we imprison you in our dogmas, limiting you to our religious institutions and crucifying you alongside the vulnerable of our time.

O God, strengthen us in our daily work for a world more just, accepting differences, built on diversity.

Renew our commitment to peace with justice, a commitment which denounces the arrogance of those who believe that they are powerful and own the lives of all the rest.

Give us a vision to banish violence in all its forms.

Establish as the foundation of our lives, and the lives of our people, respect, equality, truth and justice.

(Bishop Nelly Ritchie, Buenos Aires, Argentina. © Red de Liturgia del CLAI; English transl. Terry MacArthur, WCC)

O God, Lord of the wind and the sea,

of the mountains and the valleys, of the world and of the church:

in the midst of fear and insecurity give us trust and hope in you.

We live in a world where the gales of power blow strong enough to shake life itself, where from the arrogant and the interests of the powerful roll the waves of injustice and violence.

We pray for those suffering because of their poverty, their ignorance, their limitations, because of their colour or status, social or sexual.

We think of your church sailing on a sea where the waves of racism, militarism, sexism and economic marginalization hurt human life.

Take care of your church and put in it a sincere love for those who suffer, a clear vision of your will, healing, pastoral words for the needy, and a valiant, prophetic proclamation against those who create violence and pain.

O God, rebuke the uncontrolled wind of terrorism and war.

Turn it towards peace and human development so that in place of lies, truth is strengthened, in place of weapons, there are schools for all children, in place of luxury, the world adorns itself with bread for the hungry and life blossoms everywhere.

O God, Lord of the wind and the sea, may your strong mercy calm the whole earth.

In the name of Jesus Christ.

(© Bishop Aldo M. Etchegoyen, Evangelical, Methodist Church of Argentina.)

OFFERINGS

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

During our in-person 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 other 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/


Sets of envelopes for your 2021 Sunday and special offerings are available in the front hall. If you wish to sign up for one, please contact the office, 344-1926, osimm@tbaytel.net .


Again, we are so thankful for your faithful generosity.