Come, share the gifts of God with us,
and serve the world together,
OUR SAVIOUR'S LUTHERAN CHURCH,
10 Farrand Street (at River),
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, CANADA
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.
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.
"Come share the gifts of God - serve the world"
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The text version of our May 2022 Newsletter is on the page 'Our Newsletter'.
Deadline for June 2022 'Ambassador' articles: May 30
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.
6:30 p.m. Cubs
8:30 p.m. Friendly A.A. Group
5:00 p.m. Congregational Council
6:30 p.m. TBay Carvers
8:00 p.m. Friendly Group A.A.
Sunday, May 22: Sixth Sunday of Easter
10:30 a.m. In-person Service of the Word (will be recorded, and uploaded to YouTube)
11:30 a.m. In-person Fellowship Hour
1:00 p.m. Virtual Fellowship
Readings: Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22 - 22:5; John 14:23-29
Sermon - Pastor Matthew
We will be holding these on non-Communion Sundays: our next ones are on May 22 and 29, at 1:00 p.m. The Zoom invitation will be sent out in the Sat. email, or can be received by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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'!
Holy Communion at Our Saviour's
We have resumed sharing both elements.
For those needing gluten-free wafers, please ask Pastor Matthew.
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 email@example.com.
Our Spring/Easter 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 firstname.lastname@example.org The next one will be released in June for Pentecost/Summer.
Our Coordinator is Karen Bishop.
"I Have Seen the Lord!"
Evolving ministry in IELU sees new classrooms nearing completion
Canadian Lutheran World Relief Ukrainian Emergency AppealP
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:
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal
15 - 21 May 2022
We are thankful for:
the peoples of these nations – the diversity of their cultures, languages, and art, and their resilience
the breath-taking beauty of these lands – the mountains in all their grandeur, overflowing rivers and green paddy fields
all those who work for the churches and their institutions, especially in places where natural disasters strike
We pray for:
efforts of governments and others to build up these nations’ economies
those who have lost families and homes in earthquakes and other disasters as they struggle to rebuild their lives, homes and infrastructure
those who contribute to religious harmony and advocate for the minority voice of Christians, especially amid religious and ethnic tensions
religious and government leaders that they will make it possible for all peoples to live in justice with peace and harmony.
these small nations which depend on other countries and are often threatened by interests of their bigger neighbours.
O compassionate Lord, I would prefer power over the storm, a secure home, a life protected from the winds.
But help me to live with storms, shelter with friends, see my plans broken but not my life: rebuilt again and again from the earth.
(Bangladesh. Dear Life, J. Morley, J. Ward and H. Wild, eds © Christian Aid 1998. Used with permission)
O Saviour Christ, in whose way of life lies the secret of all life, and the hopes of all the people, we pray for quiet courage to meet this hour.
We did not choose to be born or to live in such an age. But let its problems challenge us, its discoveries exhilarate us, its injustice anger us, its possibilities inspire us, and its vigour renew us, for your Kingdom’s sake.
(Bangladesh. A Procession of Prayers: Meditations and Prayers from around the World, comp. John Carden, WCC, and Cassell, London, UK, 1998, p.179)
For the Government of Nepal
Since democracy was achieved in Nepal in 1990, the country has suffered from unstable governments and a prolonged violent insurgency. Although peace was negotiated in 2006, successive governments have struggled to provide a new Constitution and governance process.
Heavenly Father, we pray for those involved in government in Nepal, from local to national level. We pray for men and women of integrity in government, who will take decisions in the best interests of ALL Nepalis, regardless of caste, religion, gender or ethnicity. We pray for a government of vision, commitment and compassion.
For the Church in Nepal
Nepal's religious tradition is strongly Hindu and Buddhist; Christian and Muslim minorities have in the past suffered restrictions on how they practise their beliefs, and sometimes even persecution and imprisonment. Since 2006, Nepal has been a secular state, and Nepali churches, independent, indigenous and strongly evangelical, have begun to take a stronger role in their communities.
Heavenly Father, we praise you for the way you have moved in the hearts of Nepali people, and raised up a church filled with love for you, for each other and for its neighbours. We pray for Christians in Nepal, as they seek to serve you in villages and towns across the country. We pray for wisdom, harmony and unity, that the Church in Nepal will shine for you.
For the poor in Nepal
Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in Asia on most indicators. The earthquakes of April-May 2015 have plunged families and communities into even deeper poverty, and placed development gains at risk. Women and girls, people in remote communities, people with disabilities and those suffering from HIV and AIDS are particularly vulnerable. Unemployment is high, sending thousands of Nepalis to work outside the country.
Heavenly Father, we know your heart is with the poor, so we pray for those in Nepal who struggle against poverty. We pray for those affected by disasters, particularly earthquakes, and those whose livelihoods threatened by the effects of climate change. We pray for those working towards the protection and empowerment of the poor, and for wise, effective government policy.
© Lyn Jackson, UMN/Nepal
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:
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.)
Envelopes for your 2022 offerings are. available. If you wish to sign up for a supply, please contact the office, 344-1926, email@example.com .