Resumption of in person Worship at Faith Lutheran Church

 As you may now have heard, know, the Government of Saskatchewan very recently has published guidelines for the resumption of in person in church worship services.

Our Faith Lutheran Church Board of Directors has made plans for the resumption In Person Worship At Faith Lutheran Church to begin again on Sunday, June 28.

 More details will be forthcoming, but be sure to mark and save the date of Sunday, June 28 as the Sunday we begin worshipping again together, in person.

See you soon!

A Prayer For Justice and Order

Gracious God our Father in heaven, You are the God of order and peace. By Your Word , You speak order to chaos, peace to warfare, light to darkness, life to death. In the Cross of Your Son You reconciled this Sin-disordered world to Yourself. Restore order to our streets, our communities, our homes, our minds and hearts. Let Your justice overflow, and bring healing to our madness and injustice. Restrain the forces of anarchy, violence, and destruction. Quench the fires of anger and rage that burn within us. Drive from our hearts the evil by which we dehumanize others. Restore the dignity of our humanity, won by Your Son, and teach us to embrace one another as He has embraced every nation, tribe, people, and language in His all-reconciing Death. Have mercy upon us all, for the sake of your Son, the Prince of Peace and the world’s Redeemer.

adapted from Pastor William M. Cwirla, author

May 31. 2020 Pentecost Sunday

Here's the link for the Sunday, May 31, 2020 Pentecost Sunday service:



May 24, 2020 Worship Service

Here's the May 24, 2020 Worship Service:


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Sunday, May 17, 2020 (Ascension Observed)

Here's the Sunday, May 17. 2020 Worship Service:


Worship Service for Sunday, May 10, 2020

Here's the Worship Service for Sunday, May 10, the 5th Sunday Of Easter. We also give thanks today for our mothers!






May 3, 2020 Worship Service

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Here's the worship service for May 3 (please ignore the dates on the picture; this is the May 3 Service!):




Sunday, April 26, 2020 Third Sunday Of Easter

Greetings in the Name of the Lord!

Here's the worship service for Sunday, April 26, 2020:

Ron MacKay

MACKAY, Ron

Ronald Ian Innes Mackay, beloved husband of Evelyn Lydia Mackay of Saskatoon/La Ronge passed away suddenly on March 31, 2020 at the age of 85.
Born in Semans, Saskatchewan on September 16, 1934, Ron grew up in the farming town playing hockey and baseball. He was a dedicated Army Cadet, proud recipient of the King's Medal in marksmanship, and worked summers on the farm of family friends, who influenced him in a big way with their hard work and resilience.
After high school, he attended the last training school for conservation officers run by the provincial Department of Natural Resources (D.N.R.). He married school teacher Evelyn Oblander in August 1958, and got his first D.N.R. posting to Wadena that same year. Their first child Mikki was born there in 1959. His first transfer saw the family move north to Cumberland House in 1960, where second and third children Scott and Rae-Lynn were born in 1961 and 1963. He was stationed there for five years, getting to know the residents and their way of life, and beginning to develop a network of friends and acquaintances that still exists today.
Three more transfers/promotions followed over the next decade: to La Ronge in 1965, where fourth child Lisa was born in 1967; to Buffalo Narrows in 1967, with fifth child Grant born in 1968; and finally to Prince Albert in 1970, where he was positioned as Area Administrator, Northern District for the D.N.R.. There he began to contemplate a career change. He loved being a conservation officer in the field, but not a desk job supervising the others.
In 1971, Ron and Ev purchased Red's Camps, a tourist outfitting business based out of La Ronge, and headed north again in the spring of 1972 as private entrepreneurs. For the next twenty years the family hosted fishing customers every summer at their four camps, and mining and business customers all year long in the motel they renovated and expanded in La Ronge. They enjoyed meeting people from around the world and all walks of life, including country music stars, sports legends and international filmmakers. They added hundreds of new friendships to the many they already held dear across the north and around the world.
Ron felt a strong commitment to the community he chose to raise his family in. He was a volunteer firefighter with the La Ronge Fire Department. He was an active and engaged member of the Chamber of Commerce, Kinsmen Club, and Royal Canadian Legion, supporting the introduction of Air Cadets to the community. He worked on the Building Committee for the Mel Hegland Uniplex. He coached minor hockey, and played old timers hockey with the La Ronge Rusty Hookers. He curled.
Ron also had strong political beliefs, and a conviction that the north could flourish under the right political leadership, with strong northern representation sitting on the government side of the Provincial Legislature instead of the opposition. He felt it was the only way the north would achieve real partnership in the province. And, to that end, he logged hours and northern miles on executive and fund raising committees for both federal and provincial Conservative parties, and later the Saskatchewan Party, in every election campaign in the north for almost forty-five years.
In the early 90's, Ron and Ev semi-retired to their island dream home on Lac La Ronge, log-constructed from their own design, and began to sell the fishing camps. They enjoyed years of summer living and socializing on the lake, and winter travel connecting them with family and friends. They made a lot of checkmarks on their bucket lists.
In the fall of 2018, having decided they wanted to be more central to family and closer to medical services, Ron and Ev moved to Saskatoon and began another new chapter in their lives. The only constant was that they continued to make many more friends, and reconnect with old ones. He loved the north, the lake and his island home.
He loved his community and his friends, politics and people.
He loved bagpipes and Amazing Grace.
He loved to see the sun set on a prairie wheat field.
He loved a bonfire on the beach.
He loved the call of a loon in the quiet of dawn.
He loved his family most of all.

Ron will lovingly be remembered by his wife of 62 years and his five children: Michelle "Mikki" Stabner of La Ronge, SK; Scott (Michelle) Mackay of La Ronge, SK; Rae-Lynn (Gary) Warren of Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia; Lisa (Paul) Saelhof of Simpson, SK and Grant (Taryna) Mackay of Fort Kent, Alberta. His memory will also be cherished by his sixteen grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; numerous sisters and brothers in law; cousins; nieces; nephews; honorary children and grandchildren; and everyone who knew him.
The family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Royal University Hospital for their care and compassion in a difficult time when Ron was isolated from us. Please consider a donation to Health Matters Most: Covid-19 Hospital Fund (ruhf.org) "In Memory/Honour" of Ron Mackay, in lieu of sending flowers. A Celebration of Life will be arranged and announced at a later date. Condolences may be sent to www.hillcrestmemorial.ca Arrangements entrusted to Hillcrest Funeral Home.
 

from https://thestarphoenix.remembering.ca/obituary/ron-mackay-1078976977 

Our dear friend, Ron MacKay has passed away

We want to extend our most Christian love and support to our dear sister in the faith (and Faith!) Ev MacKay. Her husband, Ron, whom she described as "the love of my life" passed away into eternal life on Monday, March 30 from complications related to the COVID-19 Virus.
Ev, we love you and are praying for you and your family now. May God's peace and comfort be with you in the midst of things we simply don't understand. 
This is our prayer for you and your family:
Lord God, Our Heavenly Father, we pray you would give to Ron's family and to all who mourn, comfort in their grief and a sure confidence in Your loving care that, casting all their sorrows on You, they may know the consolation of your Love. Amen.
Ron and Ev lived a wonderful life together. Here's a wonderful story of that life.

Worship Services have been suspended for now

The Government of Saskatchewan has now declared a State of Emergency. Public gatherings of more than 25 people have now been banned, with certain provisions. However, we want to be of love and service to our people and to our friends and neighbours in the wider community. To those ends, we will be suspending all of our worship services until we are advised we can resume them safely.

Please note as well, that all of the subsequent Mid-Week Lenten worship services, including Maundy Thursday have been cancelled,

Due to the ongoing and rapidly changing situation with regard to the COVID-19 virus, please check back for updates to our scheduled activities and their status.



Caring for Our Neighbours at Faith Lutheran Church and beyond with regard to COVID-19

The following note was distributed to our members at Faith on Friday, March 13, 2020. We publish it here for those not in worship on Sunday, March 15, 2020

Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear Members of Faith,

Sometimes it seems like nothing new happens in our lives for weeks on end. Sometimes it seems like our lives are spinning out of control with rapid change. That is what we experienced this past week.

As leaders in public office across North America studied the patterns of corona virus (COVID-19) spread across the world, they took decisive action this week to slow down the community spread of this disease. These actions are vital to our well-being and there is urgency in their implementation as delay of days and weeks may put many thousands of lives at risk.

Many of the public-protection polices and practices that that are being rapidly implemented across the world are based upon a principle called “social distancing”. Corona viruses spread from an infected person through respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing, close personal contact such as touch, touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands. To reduce risk of virus spreading we are being asked to avoid bringing large groups of people together in close proximity and to practice rigorous hand hygiene.

Church leaders across Canada are engaged in active dialogue about possible changes in our worship and meeting practices that may reduce risk of spreading the COVIS-19 virus in our communities. The Roman Catholic congregations in Saskatoon decided this week to temporarily suspend the distribution of Communion wine via a common cup. Congregations are also considering how they might foster “social distancing” of participants at worship services.

We can begin to practice some social distancing by distributing ourselves more evenly throughout the full seating capacity of our sanctuary.  When we next offer Holy Communion on March 22nd, we would be wise to offer the wine only through individual cups. There may be some other changes that we will need to consider.

We do not want to forgo the benefits of coming together to hear God’s Word, receive Holy Communion and enjoy Christian fellowship. We should not be overwhelmed with fear. But we do need be mindful of our responsibility to play a role in reducing risk of preventable harm to our members and our neighbours.

In Italy at this moment churches are prohibited from holding wedding or funeral services. The entire country is in lock down. As of March 13th, 17,660 people were confirmed as being infected and 1,266 deaths have occurred. This tragic situation is attributable to delay in implementing social distancing policies. We need to learn from this tragedy. 

In Christ,

Dennis Kendel – Faith Board Chair