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WORSHIP

May 8 – Easter IV

Service of the Word
10:30 a.m. Online/In Person
Preacher – Colleen Shantz

May 15 – Easter V
Holy Communion
10:30 a.m. Online/In Person
Presider and Preacher –
Pastor Ralph Carl

May 22 – Easter VI
Service of the Word
Preacher – Ariel Siagen

May 29 – Easter VII
Service of the Word
10:30 a.m. Online/In Person
Preacher – Andrew Blake

June 5 – Pentecost
Holy Communion
Online/In PersonPresider and Preacher –
Pastor Ralph Carl

LINKS TO RECORDED WORSHIP SERVICES

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

 

SUMMER JOB OPPORTUNITY!

First Lutheran Church and the Student Christian Movement collaborate to offer student outreach and campus ministry at Toronto Metropolitan University (*formerly Ryerson) in the form of contextual BibleStudies and other programs. First Lutheran is a historic congregation nestled in the heart of Toronto Metropolitain University campus.  For more details please see here.

HYBRID SERVICES

First Evangelical Lutheran Church returns to hybrid (in-person at 116 Bond Street and on Zoom) worship on Sunday, March 6, the First Sunday in Lent 2022, in the church at 116 Bond St. Unless otherwise noted you can attend in person or online. Please email pastor@firstelc.ca  for the Zoom link.

The in-person/zoom services will take place Sundays at 10:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

FAQ FOR IN-PERSON SERVICES

IS PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP?
While proof of vaccination is no longer required by the Province of Ontario we encourage the unvaccinated to attend online

IS MASKING REQUIRED?
We request that in-person worshippers wear a mask except when communing.

IS SINGING PERMITTED?
Yes. We encourage singing and verbal responses while masked.

HOW WILL HOLY COMMUNION BE DISTRIBUTED?
For the time being the pastor and assisting minister will continue to bring the bread and wine to individuals in the pews. The small plate and communion glass will be picked up after the service.

IS CONTACT TRACING IN EFFECT?
We will have a sign-in sheet for voluntary contact tracing in the event that we become aware of a potential exposure to COVID 19 from someone in attendance.

IS SOCIAL DISTANCING IN EFFECT?
We encourage individual worshippers or family units to maintain the two metre distance from others during worship.

HOW CAN I ATTEND ON-LINE?
Please contact the pastor for the Zoom link to our Sunday service.

ONLINE HOLY COMMUNION

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 .

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

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.

NEW MINISTRY! LITTLE PANTRY

Click here for more information

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.

SPIRITUAL RESOURCES

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

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:
https://mailchi.mp/842aeb34aa15/a-renewed-call-to-reconciliation?e=5095907467

A Prayer for Kamloops Residential School Victims
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syRKJAZ-Hxo

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