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July 4 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Communion
Sermon: Ralph Carl Wushke

July 11 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Service of the Word
Sermon: Dunc Urquhart

July 18 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Communion
Sermon: Ralph Carl Wushke

July 25 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Service of the Word
Sermon: Anne Moraski

August 1 – 10th Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Communion
Sermon: Jordan Smith

August 8 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost
Service of the Word
Sermon: Dunc Urquhart

August 15 – 12th Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Communion
Sermon: Michael Rehberg

August 22 – 13th Sunday after Pentecost
Service of the Word
Sermon: Dunc Urquhart

August 29 – 14th Sunday after Pentecost
Service of the Word
Sermon: Colleen Shantz

September 5th – 15th Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Communion
Sermon: Ralph Carl Wushke


If you want to check-out what our ZOOM services are like, recordings can be found on this page.


We lament the tragic deaths of Indigenous children now revealed at the Kamloops and Marieval Residential Schools, the many more such deaths yet to be exposed, the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and all violence experienced by First Nations peoples. Let us live into Truth and Reconciliation.

Statement from the ELCIC bishops:

A Prayer for Kamloops Residential School Victims


For the foreseeable future, First Lutheran will continue to offer ZOOM Sunday morning worship. While an online service is different than being there in-person, many people have found spiritual sustenance and community life in our online services. You are invited and welcome to join us.


Please call or email Pastor Ralph Carl if interested, and he will provide the ZOOM log-in information.



If you would like to participate in our online Holy Communion — first and third Sundays — you my wish to read Pastor Wushke’s discussion paper –  click here to read it .


During this time when it is impossible to meet in person and contribute in the offering plate, fixed expenses for our ministries continue, and we invite people to consider other ways of supporting First Lutheran Church financially at this time.  Thank you.



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First Lutheran Church is following COVID 19 public health guidelines. As COVID 19 cases are on the rise in Ontario, and a survey of our congregation indicated that a majority prefers online worship during this time, we are postponing the resumption of in-person worship. When it happens in-person worship will comply with the guidelines of the Eastern Synod of the ELCIC.

The pandemic is both a material and spiritual challenge, as is any health crisis. We pray for those who have died, for the bereaved, for the caregivers, for researchers, for front-line workers and all who are affected by COVID 19 around the world.  If you are feeling isolated or lonely and would like to have a conversation with Pastor Ralph Carl Wushke, please use the contact information on the web site.

The Longest Lent

Now that we have been under various COVID-19 lockdowns for more than a year – last Sunday marked the anniversary of our first Zoom service – one analogy that comes to mind is Lent, often a season of voluntary restraint. In my childhood dances and weddings were not permitted during Lent, and often the first dance after Lent was a “midnight frolic”: doors opened at the town hall just before midnight Easter Sunday! Pandemic restrictions were unexpected, unwanted and have caused extreme hardship and tragic death. The difference between Lent and COVID-19 restrictions is that Lent has a predicable end point, an assured moment of celebration at the end. These COVID times feel more like the kind of generational experience of privation that accompanied the great wars of the last century: unwanted periods of unparalleled loss and death, accompanied by hardship and rationing. When the great wars ended there was dancing in the streets; the exuberance of the Roaring Twenties is legendary.

Psalm 30:11 says, “You have turned my mourning in dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.” (NRSV)

Easter 2021 will be a muted celebration, still over-shadowed by the race against COVID-19. At the same time, Easter is God’s promise to be with us through suffering and to give birth to hope and new beginnings. The timing of a post-COVID resurrection is as yet unknown, and it will come in bits and pieces. Different parts of society and the world will heal from grief and begin new life at different times. As an Easter people we are sustained by the promise of hope and resurrection, even as we are living through the longest Lent.

Pastor Ralph Carl Wushke



Although we can’t worship in the church building let’s continue to hold one another in prayer and practice our faith in our other ways. 

The World Council of Churches Spirituality Team provides a short outline for morning prayer in a time of COVID19 which is updated daily. Scroll down on this page

The ELCIC Council of Bishops has shared this prayer from the Lutheran World Federation which we commend to you: Lutheran World Federation Prayers during COVID-19

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