Worshipping and Serving


When we resume in-person Sunday worship , we will again celebrate Holy Communion on the 1st and 3rd Sundays monthly, plus special times of the church year.

At this point we will only be sharing the bread of communion. Christ is present equally fully in both elements of the sacrament. Individually wrapper wafers will be given to you as you enter, and we will stay in our pews for the sharing of Communion. You may also bring your own bread for your bubble, if you prefer. For those needing gluten-free wafers, please ask at the Greeter's table.

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': June 27.

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.


New singers are welcome. Please see Kaija Ranta for when we will resume.

Special Music

Would you like to enrich our Sunday service with a musical contribution? Contact Kaija Ranta. Thank you to Kaija Ranta, John Stadtlander and Sandy Stewart , for their music on Sun. May 30 for Worship with the Band.

Sunday Prayers

[There is a book in the front hall, next to the Martin Luther statue. In it you can write down prayer requests.] At this time, please call Pastor Matthew or Linda Thingstad with a prayer request. These will be added to the Prayers of the People, used by the Prayer Chain, as we seek to more fully include the concerns of those in our community.

Prayer Chain

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 or Pastor Matthew. The Chain uses a private Group on Facebook to communicate the prayer concerns.

Private Communion

Private Communion is not available right now. Normally it is offered by Pastor Matthew for the sick and shut-in. Please contact the Office at 344-1926 to arrange a visit.

Lutheran Community Care Chapel Services

Note: all services suspended at this time.

Partnering with Lutheran Community Care, 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 Jerry 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 Office for more details.

  • Scouting: the 178th Thunder Bay Cub pack meets Mondays online

  • A.A. meetings (online - "closed"), Mondays and Thursdays, 8 p.m.

  • Lutheran Community Care, including its Street Reach ministry

  • Current River Churches Food Cupboard (currently every 2nd Tuesday; must pre-register by calling 211)

  • Gathering Table Anglican Food Cupboard

  • the Thunder Bay Food Bank

  • Mission to Seafarers

  • Dew Drop Inn

  • Basketeers - Faye Peterson, Beendigen, and Hope House

  • Isthmus Canada - Thunder Bay

  • The Underground Gym

  • Inter-Church Refugee Committee

  • Teen and Adult Challenge Thunder Bay

  • Ecole Gron Morgan School

  • Thunder Bay Therapeutic Riding Association

  • Salem Lutheran Church, Pass Lake

Canadian Lutheran World Relief

Updates and the 'Gifts from the Heart' catalogues are available at www.clwr.org .


KAIROS is the name of the Canadian Ecumencial Justice Initiatives organization. Our national church is a founding partner. News is available at www.kairoscanada.org