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. This Fall-Winter season we'll be discussing "Inner Compass" by Margaret Silf. 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

Do you ever see yourself as a gift, chosen by God, given to Jesus to be cared for? Do you see yourself as belonging to God, protected and guarded, given all that you really need to live this life here in Godís beloved world?

Our life as a church will always be characterized by the work of God that we see in and receive from each other, and not just in one person, or in one leader. Not only are we given to Jesus, we are also given for one another, for the life of the world.

Godís work may not always look like we think it is supposed to look like. In fact, the greatest measurement of Godís work is not our success in numbers, itís not in the amount of people who are attending our Sunday worship or our weekly programs, itís not in the number of people we can even reach in our neighbourhoods, but it is in our storiesóour stories of walking with God, our stories of belonging to a God who is passionate about us. It is in your story of being embraced by God.

What does your story of belonging to a passionately loving God look like? How do you see God at work in and through you in this beloved world?

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