First Lutheran Church  Vancouver, Canada

Pastor's Newsletter

Fall 2015 Programs


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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. Schedule for the 2015/2016 school year:
November 8, 22.
No Sunday School in December
January 10, 24.

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.

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

On this day when we remember all of the saints in our lives, the people of God who are with us now here on earth, the people of God that have gone before us and are with us in heaven, it is hard to not think of the saints that we know and love, the saints who have touched us with their lives, the saints who have transformed the way we know and understand our own lives.

Whether these people are alive or have died, there is one common thread to all of our experiences with God’s saints: they are for us gifts from God, gifts given to us along our journey not because we even knew enough to ask for them, but because they are gifts given to us to remind us of the sweet grace of God.

And the beauty of it is, whether they are with us in person or not, whether they are still alive or not, whether they are well enough to know us anymore or not, whether they live close enough for us to embrace every day, we all belong to a great community of saints, because in Christ Jesus, we are all connected by the very heart of God, and we are never ever alone.


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