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. Youíre welcome here if youíre ďjust browsing,Ē just woke up or just got out of jail. We donít care if youíre more Lutheran than Martin Luther or more Catholic than the Pope, or havenít been in church since little Joeyís 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 youíre having problems or youíre down in the dumps or if you donít like ďorganized religion,Ē weíve been there too.

If you blew all your offering money at the casino or on the lottery, youíre welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, donít work, canít 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 Ö and you!

Service Schedule

Worship is the heart of our ministry and mission. We celebrate the Lordís 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:
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. 7:30 pm on Thursday evenings is our Choir time.

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

The theologian Charles Cousar states, ďJesus redefines for us what is possible.Ē But what is possible? Can Jesus always make possible the impossible? I think thatís when we need to reflect on what Ginger Barfield states: "Godís signs come to us dependent on our needs."

What we may really need may not always be what we think we need. Sometimes what we receive is like the overabundant and extravagant grace of the feeding of 5000, and other times what we receive is the more subtle and abiding presence of God that doesnít remove or still our storms,but gets us through them.

And Sometimes the greatest sign we see, is the strengthening of our inner being through the power of the Spirit, and the indwelling presence of Godís love in our hearts, rooting and grounding us in love.

Sometimes, we just receive the sign of understanding, knowing that Godís loving faithfulness for us is beyond measure, and is able to fill all the our nooks and crannies of our lives, even if we think we are not worthy of Godís touch, or donít even need it.

And the sign that is probably most miraculous, is that our eyes turn towards God to receive the food we need for every season of our lives, and we are given the faith we need to trust that we are receiving all that we really need, that what we have is enough, even if there is a part of us that may want more.

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