About Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit Lutheran Church is a worshipping, learning, witnessing, and serving community of people among whom the Word is proclaimed and the Sacraments are administered according to the Gospel, and whose corporate existence is recognized by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. We provide support to enable the fulfillment of the mission and the ministry of the church via:
Worship a large part of what we do as God’s people at Holy Spirit. The center of life here is open and inclusive worship. This means every Sunday “all are welcome at the Lord’s Table.” It means we embrace a blend of traditional and contemporary forms of liturgy and music. And it means that we ground ourselves in the “priesthood of all,” where every single one of us actively gives and receives God’s grace. Our worship is God-focused. We explore many ways to celebrate and give thanks for God through creative worship. Through celebrations like Blessing of Pets, Rogation Sunday, Blessing of Backpacks, healing rites, as well as more traditional forms of worship, we hope to pray and praise “in here” and send one another “out there” to live it!
Holy Spirit’s Principles of Worship
God is the Purpose and Focus of Worship
Worship is Participatory
Worship is Inclusive
Worship is Liturgical
Holy Spirit has a vibrant and enthusiastic music program with a choir and instrumentalists led by choir director, Jared Samborski. Music at Holy Spirit incorporates everything from country hoe-downs to traditional spirituals to pieces from the classical choral canon to contemporary hymnody and everything in between. The congregation is open to trying music from different time periods, different cultures, and in different styles, and actively participates when learning new songs for worship and contemporary liturgies. (Choir practices are Wednesdays at 7:15 pm from September thru May)
Come learn and grow with us – you are always welcome!
Children’s Ministry at Holy Spirit is a big part of our community.
We have programming for family friendly activities throughout the year and work to engage our children in leadership in all areas of our community. Holy Spirit has provided children’s ministry in many ways, and while some are traditional, we also like to get creative! You can come and learn and grow with us through Sunday School and Vacation Bible Camp. Building leaders for tomorrow our youth have a lot of fun, get to know one another and “try on” this thing called faith. Several years we’ve had youth participating in National Youth Gatherings – great opportunities to learn with others and share back at home. Confirmation classes are a classic! Meeting weekly, students explore the Bible, Lutheranism, and living as God’s people. In these many and diverse ways we hope youth will become faithful members of the church at large, but also questioners and renewers. Thanks for your support over all these years.
Adult Education has been an important, ongoing component in the life of Holy Spirit. Various groups continue to meet including the Thursday Morning Bible Study and Monday Evening Study. Periodically we join for baptismal preparation, wedding preparation, and new member classes too! Sometimes we’ve undertaken expected topics and sometimes we’ve ventured out into leading edge studies. Most importantly, we hope to encourage our members and friends to grow through learning! Be encouraged to check out what is currently being offered!
Yesterday’s Youth is our young-at-heart seniors’ group that has been active for over thirty years! Over these years many of our members and friends have joined in for lunch, fellowship, fun, games, and entertainment. All seniors of the congregation and surrounding community are invited. Yesterday’s Youth – still going strong!
c) WITNESSING. Our church, relying on the Holy Spirit, proclaims the Gospel by word and deed, and thereby invites all people to believe. We recruit, motivate, equip, and support our members to witness to their faith at every opportunity in daily life so that the Lord is glorified, the fellowship is strengthened, the lapsed are restored, and new members are added to the congregation. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church provides for the communication of the gospel through fellowship in the wider Christian community, assuring all congregational functions witness to the faith of the church.
Faith Active in Love
We remember that we are not alone in the ministry work that we do. Over the years we’ve made connections and grown relationships with others. As part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada we celebrate and share responsibility at national gatherings, in our synod, camps, and Campus Ministry. We’ve partnered with Reconciling Works to grow toward full inclusion. We support neighbours in ministry far and wide including On Eagle’s Wings, Canadian Lutheran World Relief, The Lutheran World Federation. We’re not done yet however! New avenues in ministry are always being revealed. We pray for discernment and guidance in the future as God leads us to build relationships outside our walls.
Canadian Lutheran World Relief, Campus Ministry, Mustard Seed Church, Interfaith Pride Worship, Reconciling Works, Internship, On Eagle’s Wings, ELCIC Praise Sundays, Seminary Sunday, Truth and Reconciliation, National Worship Conference
Holy Spirit Lutheran is an active and vibrant community. We support each other and our greater community through many different activities. Visitors and newly active friends are welcomed to worship and fellowship through Sunday morning coffee, juice, and treats. We have volunteers for that. Many choose to join our church formally and engage in new members classes. Thank you, ministry staff, for providing this valuable introduction to Lutheranism. It’s been said that Bible studies is where you get to know your church. Take a bow, Adult ministry.
Worship nurtures our hearts and souls. Our greeters, ushers, altar guild, worship assistants, PowerPoint maestros, children worship leaders, along with musicians and ministry staff, make that happen without a hitch…mostly!
Our building needs attention. Constant attention. We have a tremendous group of folks who shovel, rake, fix, and fuss over the whole thing.
In the background, we have our administrators, from managing the office, to counting and depositing our gifts; this group may not generate the electricity, but they keep the lights on.
We are a community in service to each other and in service to others. It is part of our faith. It lets us have fun. And it makes us who we are.