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!
Worship is the heart of our ministry and mission. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper everySunday at the morning at 10:30 am. Our morning service is available online as well via live webcast which goes on air at around 10:25 amand in recording on our YouTube channel.Here are videos of some of our evening services.
Evening services will resume in the fall.
On Mondays at 7:15 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.
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
ďAsk, and it will be given you; search, and you will find;
knock, and the door will be opened for you.
For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds,
and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.Ē
It is hard to remember that closed doors teach us.
They teach us to be shameless in asking for what we need.
They teach us that we donít always know what we need,
or when we need what we need.
They teach us to trust that Godís got our back,
that God will open for us the life-giving door that needs to be opened.
They teach us to see that when the doors we need are opened for us,
we can freely receive what it is that we really need
in each and every moment of our lives.
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