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

The province’s new stages of the reopening plan begin Oct. 25. They include removing capacity limits for indoor worship, but only for those with Covid vaccination certificates. Council will be looking this and other parts of the new regulations at its Nov. 9 meeting and then share a transition plan. Meanwhile, the new stages permit us to continue using as our limit the number of persons who can be socially distanced. For our sanctuary this works out to roughly 50 persons, which is ample for our present attendance levels.

Under this guideline, participants are not required to share their certificates. However, all are encouraged to receive their vaccinations.


Covid-19 guidelines remain in place -- self -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.


Vaccine passports ARE NOT necessary for worshipping in our sanctuary. They are needed for events in Immanuel Hall when food and drink is available.


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:

Oct. 25-31

Monday

6:30 p.m. Cubs

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

Tuesday

5:00 p.m. Tea Committee

Wednesday

7:00 p.m. TBay Carvers

Thursday

10:30 a.m. Anglican-Lutheran Group Annual General Meeting (Zoom)

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

Friday

Saturday

Sunday, October 31 - Reformation Day

10:30 a.m. Worship with the Band/ Confirmation ( video on YouTube later)

1:00 p.m. Virtual Fellowship

Readings: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 46; Romans 3:19-28; John 8:31-36

Sermon - Pastor Matthew


Virtual Fellowship

Our next session is on Sunday. October 24, 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 October Newsletter is on the page ' Our Newsletter'.

Deadline for November 'Ambassador' articles: Nov. 1

Recorded Services:

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

New: October 17, Time after Pentecost (Holy Communion):

https://youtu.be/nhE4Lc9u4p0

October 10, Thanksgiving Sunday (Service of the Word): https://youtu.be/l3VfDbDSSQ8

October 3, Time after Pentecost (Holy Communion): https://youtu.be/SdR0F090htg

September 26, Time after Pentecost (Worship with the Band):

https://youtu.be/kZZ9pkE3kDM

Children's Ministry

Activity handouts related to each Sunday's readings are 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.

Seasonal drop-off/pick up activity kits are being prepared, with the next one on the theme of Advent/ Christmas. To sign up to receive them or to update your address, email osimm@tbaytel.net .

There has been no in-person Sunday School since March 2020. The current provincial guidelines enable children to gather, provided they are socially distanced and masked. However, we will not be returning at this point. Children are welcome at worship. Those who wear masks in school need also to wear this in worship.

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.

Lutheran, Anglican Bishops Write To The Prime Minister About The Climate Crisis

October 5, 2021

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

Congratulations to you and all who were recently elected to the next Parliament of Canada. As you begin the work of governance we, as leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), want to specifically address concerns and urge continuing action regarding climate change in light of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26).

We write to express our concern about the ongoing impact of human-caused climate change on communities in Canada and around the world, and to call for action from the Canadian government in ensuring that Canada make its fair-share contribution to reducing greenhouse emissions and mitigating the impacts of climate change.

As Christians, we are called to care for the whole of creation and to be responsible to our neighbours and communities. We are already seeing the impacts of climate change in our communities, and in communities around the world. From increased wildfire activity to extreme flooding to stark decreases in food security – particularly for Indigenous communities who rely on the land – the health, safety, and security of many continues to be threatened.

The most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change offers a stark warning for us all as we look toward the future. This report confirms that human-caused climate change is already impacting our world, disrupting global weather systems, impacting food production, and spurring migration for climate-related reasons. These results are being felt around the world, however already-marginalized communities and countries experience the impacts and challenges of climate change to a much greater degree. These disparities will only increase as global temperatures continue to climb, however there are still ways to mitigate the damage if we make significant changes now.

As the Canadian government prepares to participate in the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, we join our voices to others in these lands calling for commitments to bold action to address climate change for the benefit of all. In particular we call on the Canadian government to:

- Commit to reducing Canadian greenhouse gas emissions by 60% below 2005 levels by 2030

- Invest in a just transition for workers and communities that promotes an inclusive green economy and provides secure jobs that support the well-being of all Canadians

- Honour the rights of Indigenous Peoples by recognizing and enacting the right to free, prior, and informed consent, particularly with respect to resource and infrastructure development, climate policy, and energy policy

- Commit support for climate change adaptation and mitigation measures in the Global South through international climate financing

The challenges ahead of us are monumental, and the results if we do nothing will be catastrophic. However, there is still time to limit these impacts and begin working toward a more positive future. We are people of hope, guided by our belief in the one who faced his own death and was resurrected to new life. We believe that a better world is possible and that, in fact, we are all called to play our part in building that world together. We stand ready to support bold action by your government at COP26 so that we can all look forward in hope to the world we will leave behind for the generations to come.

We look forward to working together with you in addressing this generational challenge. We have faith that together we can build a better world for all, if we are ready to take bold action. We hope that you will join us in this work.

In Christ,

The Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church of Canada

Rev. Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

The Most Rev. Mark MacDonald, National Anglican Indigenous Archbishop

The Most Rev. David Edwards, Metropolitan of Canada and Bishop of Fredericton

The Most Rev. Anne Germond, Metropolitan of Ontario andBishop of Algoma and Moosonee

The Most Rev. Gregory Kerr-Wilson, Metropolitan of Rupert’s Land and Bishop of Calgary

The Most Rev. Lynne McNaughton, Metropolitan of B.C. and Yukon and Bishop of Kootenay

Rev. Dr. Sid Haugen, Bishop of the Saskatchewan Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Rev. Dr. Larry Kochendorfer, Bishop of the Synod of Alberta and the Territories Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Rev. Dr. Gregory Mohr,Bishop of the British Columbia Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Rev. Dr. Michael Pryse, Bishop of the Eastern Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Rev. Jason Zinko, Bishop of the Manitoba Northwestern Ontario Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

The Rt. Rev. Andrew Asbil. Diocese of Toronto

The Rt. Rev. Larry Beardy, Suffragan Bishop, Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh

The Rt. Rev. Susan Bell, Diocese of Niagara

The Rt. Rev. William Cliff, Diocese of Brandon

The Rt. Rev. Sandra Fyfe, Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

The Rt. Rev. David Greenwood, Diocese of Athabasca

The Rt. Rev. Anna Greenwood-Lee, Diocese of British Columbia, Islands and Inlets

The Rt Rev. Adam Halkett, Suffragan Bishop, Diocese of Saskatchewan

The Rev. Rob Hardwick, (retired), Bishop of Qu’Appelle

The Rt. Rev. Michael Hawkins, Diocese of Saskatchewan

The Rt. Rev. Mary Irwin-Gibson, Diocese of Montreal

The Rt. Rev. Annie Ittoshat, Suffragan Bishop, Diocese of the Arctic

The Rt. Rev. David Lehmann, Diocese of Caledonia

The Rt. Rev. Stephen London, Diocese of Edmonton

The Rt. Rev. Lydia Mamakwa, Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh

The Rt. Rev. Bruce Myers, Diocese of Quebec

The Rt. Rev. Lucy Netser, Suffragan Bishop, Diocese of the Arctic

The Rt. Rev. John Organ, Diocese of Western Newfoundland

The Rt. Rev. Michael Oulton, Diocese of Ontario

The Rt. Rev. Shane Parker, Diocese of Ottawa

The Rt. Rev. Philip Poole (retired), Suffragan Bishop, Diocese of Toronto

The Rt. Rev. Kevin Robertson, Suffragan Bishop, Diocese of Toronto

The Rt. Rev. Sam Rose, Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador

The Rt. Rev. Joey Royal, Suffragan Bishop, Diocese of the Arctic

The Rt. Rev. Nigel Shaw, Bishop of the Military Ordinariate

The Rt. Rev. John Stephens, Diocese of New Westminster

The Rt. Rev. Todd Townshend, Diocese of Huron

The Rt. Rev. Riscylla Walsh-Shaw, Suffragan Bishop, Diocese of Toronto

The Rt. Rev. John Watton, Diocese of Central Newfoundland

The Rt. Rev. Lesley Wheeler-Dame, Diocese of Yukon

The Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Woodcroft, Diocese of Rupert’s Land

Anglicans, Lutherans To Meet For Assembly In 2022

Delegates to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s National Convention and the Anglican Church of Canada’s General Synod will gather together next July, for Assembly 2022.

Inspired by the theme Let there be Greening, delegates, special guests and partners will gather for worship, workshops, special presentations and business sessions.

The agenda for the shared meeting is in the process of being developed. The agenda will include time for meeting separately and for time together to explore and grow into the common life of our Full Communion relationship.

2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Waterloo Declaration which brought the two churches into this Full Communion relationship. We may mutually share in each other’s celebrations of the Eucharist, share liturgies, and Anglican and Lutheran clergy may serve in either church.

The Assembly 2022 theme will emphasize the importance of nurturing relationships, in particular the relationship between the two churches; with other partners; with one another; and with the Earth, alongside their role and responsibility as churches in the areas of social justice and advocacy.

The logo for Assembly 2022 includes a stylized image of the Earth with an abstract representation of leaves, trees and people. The layering of these elements references their interaction in relationship with one another.

Information on registration will be available in early 2022. Further details will be added to the Assembly 2022 website as available.

Ecumenical Prayer Cycle

The Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, St Kitts-Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago

24 - 30 October 2021

Intercessions

We are thankful for:

• the natural beauty, climate, and distinctive cultural practices of these islands

• how churches have responded to disasters and served all in need

• how liberation from colonialism and oppression has been pursued through music, words and actions

• the leaders of the ecumenical movement who have come from this region.

We pray for:

• those devastated by disasters, that their lives, communities and eco-systems might be rebuilt

• the strengthening of all who faithfully witness through word and deed to the gospel

• all those affected by crime and addictions

• good governance and smooth transitions between political leaders.

Prayers

God is worthy to be praised

L: Almighty and everlasting God, you are a merciful and forgiving God.

C: You are worthy to be praised.

L: You are a kind and loving God.

C: You are worthy to be praised.

L: You are a righteous and just God.

C: You are worthy to be praised.

L: Almighty God, all glory and honour are yours because,

C: You are worthy to be praised.

(© Hope Lindo, Jamaica)

Gracious and compassionate God, faithful to all your promises, supplier of our needs, may we never underestimate the value of all that you afford us; nor the usefulness of the endowments you give for the realization of your purposes.

May we never so take for granted the gifts your bounteous grace provides as to become victims of the callousness that produces an abundance of waste.

And save us, we ask you, from becoming purveyors of the careless and irresponsible disposal of the waste we produce.

(© Neville Callam, Jamaica)

Prayer of thanksgiving

Creator God, how could we possibly not thank you for the earth you have given to us!

With joy we praise you for the high mountains and their trees, for the rushing waters of Caribbean rivers which give the breath of inspiration and the joy of fruitfulness, for the forests so luxuriant in foliage, the glorious tall trees and the abundance of temperate climes.

Still more, we praise you for the wisdom for living, and the commitment which our dignified and courageous ancestors taught us, the neighbours in whom we became acquainted with you.

(From the 25th anniversary service of the Caribbean Conference of Churches, 15 November 1998. © 1998 Caribbean Conference of Churches.)

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.