Worshipping and Serving


We  celebrate Holy Communion on the 1st and 3rd Sundays monthly, plus special times of the church year. 

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':  May 26.

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.


Thank you to the choir for singing on  Sunday, April 28. For details on May 26,  see Kaija Ranta, director.

Quartet +

Thank you to the Quartet+ for its Call to Worship on April 14. The Quartet+ sings about once a month at worship plus for other special occasions and worship. For more information, see Vi Peternelj, director.

Special Music

Would you like to enrich our Sunday service with a musical contribution? Contact Kaija Ranta. Thank you to the Quartet + for singing on April 14, and the Choir on April 28.

Sunday Prayers

There is a book in the front hall, next to the Martin Luther statue.  In it you can write down prayer requests. You also can call Pastor Matthew or Linda Thingstad with a prayer request. These will be added to the Prayers of the People, and 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 available. Please contact the Office at 344-1926 to arrange a time. 

Lutheran Community Care Chapel Services

LCC, through its Pastoral Care Associate, Liisa Lahtinen, coordinates Lutheran services at the Long Term Care homes. Pastor Matthew presides at two of them, with Vi Peternelj leading the music. All are welcome to attend, including as volunteers (contact Pastor Matthew for more information).

We gather from 10:30-11:00 a.m.:

on the 1st Tues. of the month at Roseview, in the main floor gathering space

and, on the last Thurs. of the month at Hogarth Riverivew, in the chapel past the main entrance.  


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:

Street Reach Ministries

Many thanks to you for your generous donations of items and finances. Our center could not operate without your support! If you would like to volunteer, please contact LCC.

   Our needs for clients are constantly changing. Currently we are in need of the following items: fruit cups; juice boxes and water; hygiene products (shampoo/body wash/deodorant); toothpaste; outerwear (runners, raincoats, backpacks, duffel bags); Ladies’ underwear (sizes S to L); hairbrushes; razors; and towels.

   Donations can be dropped off at:

-Street Reach, 516B Victoria Ave. E.; Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

-LCC, 245B Bay Street, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Canadian Lutheran World Relief


Burundi, Ethiopia and South Sudan

Conflict and climatic events have contributed to an escalating hunger crisis in these countries, where hunger is having a devasting impact on families, and vunerable people are forced into negative coping strategies.

  Women and girls have been particularly disadvantaged. Having already faced discrimination and gender-based violence, female-headed households run an even greater risk of food insecurity.

  Thanks to your fast and generous reponse, and with the matching fund made possible by our partnership with the Candian Foodgrains Bank, we have already been able to take critical measures to help those most at risk of hunger.

  In South Sudan, immediate food assistance is helping protect the most vulnerable from famine.

  In Ethiopa, we will be working to help improve farming practices and to encourage climate resilience and sustainability among beneficiaries.

  In Burundi, we are supporting Farmer Field Schools and Farmer Cooperatives, contributing to better food security form communities and encouraging sustainable practices to help families.

  You can make a donation by marking ‘CLWR’ on a line of your offering envelope, or by visiting www.clwr.org .


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

 A Prayer Action from Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba KAIROS

Northwestern Ontario Manitoba KAIROS, part of our national inter-church social justice coalition, extends its support to the growing crisis faced by front line services and offers the following prayer opportunity to the faith community.  The prayer is a call to action in response to the devastating impacts of lack of housing and resources, staff shortages dealing with homelessness and addictions, and mental health issues. Pastor Matthew is a member of this regional council.

  Creator God, source of life, as we reflect on the state of emergency in our communities, with so many suffering from addictions, we acknowledge that our hearts are heavy. 

 We raise up the struggles of those with lived experience of generational trauma, disability, and mental health challenges, and who struggle with the impacts of poverty, toxic drugs, and lack of mental health support. 

  We raise the exhaustion and burn out felt by those community helpers who work in difficult and under-resourced services to respond to the crises. 

 We see the effects of colonization and government policies which seem to work against advancement for Indigenous people and vulnerable populations. We pray we may each do whatever we can to support those in need and those who provide aid. 

  We see the hardships communities face as they are struggling to coexist with these social challenges and pray that our leaders will respond with effective plans and resources to ensure that all of our community is safe, sheltered and nourished.  Amen.

Suggested Actions:

Donate funds and items requested by service agencies.

Stop by drop in sites to listen to the stories shared there.

Approach a coffee shop or restaurant close to where people may be without food, prepay for meals, and ask the restaurant to offer them to those who need them.

Collect a donation to provide to a service agency for those costs which cannot be covered by existing assistance programs.

Contact your Councillor, MLA, and MP to express concern and encourage response Remind them of the TRC Calls to action.