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While the COVID19 crisis seems all-consuming, the ongoing climate crisis is the defining issue of our time. In recognizing the ultimate nature of challenges posed by rising CO2 levels, a global ecumenical movement has coalesced to call on Christians to place special focus on care for Earth in a five-week Season of Creation between September 1 (Day of Prayer for the Environment) and October 4 (St. Francis’ Day). This year’s theme is Jubilee for the Earth. While we can and should call environmental concerns to mind any time we worship, participating in this global movement gives us an opportunity to focus on care for creation in solidarity with Christians around the world.

Read more from the World Council of Churches:


October 4th – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Communion online at 10:30 AM.  Sermon: Pastor Ralph Carl Wushke

October 11 – Thanksgiving Sunday.
Service of the Word online at 10:30 AM.  Sermon: Pastor Katharina Möller

October 18 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Communion online at 10:30 AM – Sermon: Pastor Ralph Carl Wushke

October 25 – Twenty First  Sunday after Pentecost
Service of the Word online at 10:30 AM.  Sermon: Pastor Karin Achtelstetter

November 1 – All Saints’ Day
Holy Communion online at 10:30 AM.  Sermon: Pastor Ralph Carl Wushke



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.


Our services are also streamed live to the First Lutheran Facebook page at 10:30 am, ET on Sunday


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.

Update - October 2020

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.


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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