Last updated on January 28th, 2022
Lutherans by the Lake, Celebrating faith, Serving and inspiring people
We are a bilingual, Lutheran congregation serving the Canadian and German community in Toronto. We also support a child care for 72 children and are proud to have many excellent relationships with organizations and churches in the area. We are part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Protestant Church of Germany (EKD). We have a radio devotion every Sunday in German on a multicultural radio station AM 530 and church worship services in German at 11:00 a.m. and in English at 9:45 a.m.
Our focus is Sunday worship where we praise God with prayer and song in German and English. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated every third Sunday of each month unless otherwise posted. Lutheran services centre around the Word of God and is energized through music, expressing faith in the language of the people. We believe that Worship, study and education are important to develop our personal faith. Our strong church community supports everyone as we grow our faith. We also believe that fellowship and times for gathering, whether to learn or simply enjoy ourselves, are important. We are a medium sized congregation who offers many opportunities to give people a chance to celebrate, serve, and get inspired.
On Sundays, we gather to sing or listen to traditional hymns and contemporary songs as we gather to praise God. We listen to the Word of God presented in the scriptures and the sermon. We bring our gifts to God and receive God’s gift of Holy Communion. Once a month, a special bilingual joint service is held. Mid-week services are also provided during Lent and for special occasions. We also offer weddings, confirmations, baptisms, family services, holiday productions, and more.
Martin Luther, a German monk and theologian, after whom our congregation is named, was a major leader of the Protestant Reformation in the 15th-century Reformation. He is one of the major figures of Christianity and had a big impact on the development of Western Society, namely the introduction of democracy.
“Luther” (in English; German version on German page) https://youtu.be/C8x-mKwfc9k
A 2003 film about the work of Martin Luther by contributors Sir Peter Ustinov, Mathieu Carrière, Uwe Ochsenknecht and Joseph Fiennes, among others. During the early 16th century, idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation. -2 hours.
“Martin Luther” (in English, black and white) https://youtu.be/yvYZHZtNwLw
A 1953 biographical film about the life of German priest Martin Luther from 1505 and 1530 A.D., and the birth of the Protestant Reformation movement by contributors Irving Pichel (director), Niall MacGinnis (actor), John Ruddock (actor), among others. -1 hour and 45 minutes.
For a summary from an historical perspective see Encyclopaedia Britannica “Martin Luther: German religious leader” https://www.britannica.com/biography/Martin-Luther
and the Simple Wikipedia links:
“Martin Luther” https://simple.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther A German priest, monk and theologian, seminal figure in Protestant Reformation
“Lutheranism” https://simple.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutheranism The branch of Protestantism based on the teachings of Martin Luther.
“Ninety-Five Theses” https://simple.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninety-Five_Theses Disputation by Martin Luther on indulgences
“Protestant Reformation” https://simple.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protestant_Reformation Schism within the Western Christian Church in the 16th century