First Lutheran Church  Vancouver, Canada

Fall Newsletter!

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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 Lutheran 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

“Lord, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?”
“Not seven times, but I tell you, seventy-seven times.”
“Forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

Forgiveness doesn’t mean you will magically feel better or different, that you can’t be sad or mad or even have difficulty trusting again. All feelings are acceptable. But instead of being led and guided by your own hurt, you are moved by compassion to let the other person off the hook, because you understand that you are not so different.

Forgiveness is surrendering the right to avenge, and letting go and allowing God to be the judge and the avenger, trusting that God sees others and the situation more completely than we do.

Forgiveness is an expression of love, where we are yoked with Christ, and understand that the greatest power of grace and redemption comes through the forgiveness of sins—the sins of others as well as our own.

But most of all, forgiveness is trusting that God’s reservoir of abounding grace will be enough to see all of us through. God’s eraser is at work erasing our mistakes and the mistakes of others, especially when our own erasers are worn out. And when our hearts have no space to forgive, God can stretch our hearts, so that there is space for grace, compassion, and forgiveness.

Thankfully, Jesus does not keep count of how many times he forgives our sins, whether they be seventy-seven, one thousand, or one million. And he will help us to do the same. Amen.

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