First Lutheran Church  Vancouver, Canada

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Who is Welcome:

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, "yo no habla Ingles." We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds.

We welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli or find yourself musical challenged to carry a tune. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Lutheran than Martin Luther or more Catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s Baptism.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, treehuggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” we’ve been there too.

If you blew all your offering money at the casino or on the lottery, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts … and you!


Service Schedule

Worship is the heart of our ministry and mission. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday at the morning (10:30 am) and contemporary evening (6:30 pm, from September till May) services. Our morning service is available online as well via live webcast which  goes on air at around 10:20 am and in recording on our YouTube channel. Here are videos of some of our evening services.

Sunday School for children ages 3-12 begins at 10:45 a.m. every second Sunday. Here is Sunday School Schedule for the 2014/2015 school year:
September 7, 21, October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 30
No Sunday School in December
January 4, 18, February 1, 15, March 1, 22
no Sunday School during Spring break
April 12, 26, May 10, 24, June 7, 21

On Mondays at 7:00 pm we are open for Centering Prayer. Twice a month on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm we meet for Book Study. This Fall-Winter season we'll be discussing "Inner Compass" by Margaret Silf. 7:30 pm on Thursday evenings is our Choir time. For six Sundays at 9:30 am starting October 19, we will hold study of The Book of Galatians.

For more detail please check our events calendar.

How to find us

First Lutheran Church is located at 5745 Wales Street in East Vancouver (at the corner of East 42nd Avenue and Wales Street—and Wales is six blocks east of Victoria Drive and three blocks west of Rupert Street—see map).

Video of the week

Quote of the week

"So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed!"

Freedom is an interesting thing, isn't it? Generally, we understand freedom from what it is not.

Freedom is not slavery of any kind-whether it is slavery to someone or something else, when we are forced to do and say things we wouldn't choose to do or say, or forced to live a certain way when we would rather live differently.

In my discussion with our youth this fall, I was surprised to hear the unexpected word they used to understand their freedom: TRUST.

Instead of understanding our identity through the eyes of shame, Jesus teaches us to see our identity through the eyes of TRUST: TRUST in the God who loves us just as we are, who tells us that we matter, and who promises to set us free from the constraints of fear and shame.

We all need the space to be vulnerable, and the encouragement
to TRUST ourselves, to TRUST our ideas,
to TRUST our feelings, to TRUST our gifts,
to TRUST we can experiment, to TRUST that we can fall,
and to TRUST that it is OK to be different.

The good news is that we have a God who KNOWS us and LOVES us. God loves the insecure person that we ARE, not the person that we PROMISE to be, or TRY to be. God KNOWS that we need to be set free by Christ Jesus, and comes to us, time and time again, to set us free from our slavery to sin.

"So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed!"

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