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Last updated on November 24th, 2022

Our worship services calendar year for Sundays and Major Holy Days is from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) as adapted for use in Evangelical Lutheran worship.  We are currently in the Liturgical Calendar “Year A” which focuses on the Gospel of Matthew.

In each cycle of the Liturgical Calendar there are six seasons – each emphasising a part of the life of Jesus: Advent: November 27, 2022 through December 23, 2022, Christmas: December 24, 2022 through January 6, 2023, Time after Epiphany: January 6, 2023 through February 25, 2023, Lent: Feb. 22, 2023 through April 6, 2023, The Three Days: April 6, 2023 through April 8, 2023, Easter: April 9, 2023 through May 28, 2023, Time after Pentecost: May 28, 2023 through November 19, 2023.
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November 20, 2022 – Christ the King Sunday
The service was led by Pastor Annika Klappert in English with guest preacher Rev. Adam Snook, Assistant to the Bishop at the Eastern Synod, ELCIC


++ November 20, 2022 Sunday Announcements in English with Iris.


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November 13, 2022 – 23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon in English by Pastor Annika Klappert.


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November 6, 2022 – ALL SAINTS and Remembrance of the Dead
English-German Worship Service: Sermon in English by Pastor Annika Klappert.


As part of the All Saints Sunday service on November 6, 2022, the Church Choir under the direction of Linda Marcinkus sang the German hymn “Ich lasse dich nicht fallen” and the English hymn “Shall we gather at the river”. This is a video of their performance.

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October 30, 2022 – Reformation Sunday
German Worship Service: Sermon in German by Pastor Annika Klappert.


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October 23, 2022 – 20th Sunday after Pentecost
English Worship Service: Sermon in English by Guest Pastor Martti Hyhko.


++ October 23, 2022 Announcements on Sunday in English with Sonja.


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October 16, 2022 – 19th Sunday after Pentecost
German-English Bilingual Worship Service: Sermon in German by Pastor Annika Klappert.

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October 9, 2022 – 18th Sunday after Pentecost – Canadian Thanksgiving
English Worship Service: Sermon in English by Pastor Annika Klappert.

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October 5, 2022 – 17th Sunday after Pentecost – German Thanksgiving
German Worship Service: Sermon in German by Intern Tirza Emmering. With Church Choir.

With Church Choir

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September 25, 2022 – 16th Sunday after Pentecost
The service was in English and German with Holy Communion in a circle format led by Pastor Annika Klappert and Intern Tirza Emmering. The Church Council was installed and our volunteers were recognized and blessed. Here is the sermon in English by Pastor Annika Klappert with a musical introduction.


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September 18, 2022 – 15th Sunday after Pentecost
English Worship Service: Sermon in English by Pastor Annika Klappert.


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September 11, 2022 – 14th Sunday after Pentecost
English-German Worship Service: Sermon in English by Pastor Annika Klappert.

++ September 11, 2022 Announcements on Sunday in English with Iris.


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September 4, 2022 – 13th Sunday after Pentecost
German Worship Service: Sermon in German by guest Pastor Iris Junge.

++ September 4, 2022 Announcements on Sunday in German with Anita.


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August 28, 2022 – 12th Sunday after Pentecost
English Worship Service: Sermon in English by Guest Pastor Catharina Klein and Iris Schweiger.

++ August 28, 2022 Announcements on Sunday in English with Dieter.


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August 21, 2022 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost ***
Deacon Michelle Collins, Assistant to the Bishop – for the Ontario Synod offered a reading and sermon as part of the ELCIC Summer Sermon Series. Based on Luke 13:10-17. [PDF]

*** This Summer 2022, on Sundays, when the sermon could not be recorded in MLC itself, we shared a pre-recorded video from the ELCIC Summer Sermon Series on our YouTube channel. This is a wonderful way to get to know Bishops –and Assistants to the Bishops– from across the ELCIC, while giving our thinly-spread Tech Team some time off during the summer months.


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August 14, 2022 – 10th Sunday after Pentecost
German Worship Service: Sermon in German by Guest Pastor Iris Junge.


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August 7, 2022 – 9th Sunday after Pentecost
English-German Worship Service: Sermon in English and German by Pastor Annika Klappert and Guest Pastor Iris Junge.

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July 31, 2022 – 8th Sunday after Pentecost
English Service: Sermon in English by Pastor Annika Klappert und Lay Preacher Iris Schweiger. Godspeed and Blessing for Vicar Adam McComb and Tanya Zielke.

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July 24, 2022 – 7th Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon in English by Reverend Dr. Ali Tote offered as part of the ELCIC Summer Sermon Series. [Sermon Text]
*** This Summer 2022, on Sundays, when the sermon not could be recorded in MLC itself, we shared a pre-recorded video from the ELCIC Summer Sermon Series on our YouTube channel. This is a wonderful way to get to know Bishops –and Assistants to the Bishops– from across the ELCIC, while giving our thinly-spread Tech Team some time off during the summer months.

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July 17, 2022 – 6th Sunday after Pentecost
English-German Service: Sermon in English by Pastor Annika Klappert.


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July 10, 2022 – 5th Sunday after Pentecost
German Service: Sermon in German by Pastor Annika Klappert.

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July 3, 2022 – 4th Sunday after Pentecost
English Worship Service: Sermon in English by Vicar Adam McComb.

Bees for Peace Information Video for Martin Luther Church Toronto

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June 26, 2022 – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Bilingual Worship Service: Sermon in German by Nefeli Xiggos.


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June 19, 2022 – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost ***
NO IN-PERSON Worship Service (a group from us with our Pastor Annika Klappert travelled to Petroglyphs Provincial Park Ontario on a congregational day trip to meet with the Martin Luther congregation from Ottawa and their pastor, Judith Kierschke):

Instead, a devotion in English by Pastor Annika Klappert [Devotion text]

***Sermon in English by Reverend Lyle McKenzie offered as part of the ELCIC Summer Sermon Series. [Sermon text]
Since the sermon could not be recorded in MLC itself, we shared a pre-recorded video from the ELCIC Summer Sermon Series on our YouTube channel. This is a wonderful way to get to know Bishops –and Assistants to the Bishops– from across the ELCIC, while giving our thinly-spread Tech Team some time off during the summer months.


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June 12, 2022 – Holy Trinity
German Worship Service: Sermon in German by Pastor Annika Klappert.

++ June 12, 2022 Announcements on Sunday in German with Martin.


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June 5, 2022 – Pentecost
Bi-lingual English-German Worship Service with Confirmation Celebration: Sermon in English by Pastor Annika Klappert.


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May 29, 2022 – 7th Sunday of Easter
Bi-lingual English-German Worship Service with two Baptisms: Sermon in English by Pastor Annika Klappert.


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May 22, 2022 – 6th Sunday of Easter
English Worship Service: Sermon in English by Intern Nefeli Xiggos.

++ May 22, 2022 Announcements on Sunday in English with Pastor Annika Klappert.

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May 15, 2022 – 5th Sunday of Easter
Bilingual Worship Service with Holy Communion: Sermon in English by Vicar Adam McComb.


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May 8, 2022 – 4th Sunday of Easter
German Worship Service: Sermon in German by Pastor Annika Klappert.

++ May 8, 2022 Announcements on Sunday in German with Iris.


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May 1, 2022 – 3rd Sunday of Easter
English Worship Service: Sermon in English by laypreacher Tanya Zielke.

++ May 1, 2022 Announcements on Sunday in English with Stefan.


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April 24, 2022 – 2nd Sunday of Easter
German Worship Service: Sermon in German by laypreacher Katja Brittain.

++ April 24, 2022 Announcements on Sunday in German with Kai.

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April 17, 2022 – Easter
Bilingual Worship Service with Holy Communion: Sermon in English by Vicar Adam McComb.

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April 15, 2022 – Good Friday
German Worship Service with Holy Communion: Sermon in German by Pastor Annika Klappert.

Der Church Choir singing at Martin Luther Church on Good Friday April 15, 2022 led by choir director Linda Marcinkus

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April 10, 2022 – Palmsunday
English Worship Service In-Person: Sermon in English by Pastor Annika Klappert with Harfentoene Men’s Choir | Männerchor

Harfentoene Men’s Choir | Männerchor singing at Martin Luther Church on Palmsunday April 10, 2022 led by choir director Linda Marcinkus

++ April 10, 2022 Announcements on Sunday in English with Peter.


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April 3, 2022 – 5th Sunday of Lent
German Worship Service In-Person: Sermon in German by Pastor Annika Klappert

++ April 3, 2022 Announcements on Sunday in German with Iris.


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March 27, 2022 – 4th Sunday of Lent
English Worship Service In-Person: Sermon in English by Vicar Adam McComb

++ March 27, 2022 Announcements on Sunday in English with Iris.


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March 20, 2022 – 3rd Sunday of Lent
English Worship Service In-Person: Sermon in English by Pastor Annika Klappert

++ March 20, 2022 Announcements on Sunday in English with Leanne.


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March 13, 2022 – 2nd Sunday of Lent
German Worship Service In-Person: Sermon in German by Pastor Annika Klappert

++ March 13, 2022 Announcements on Sunday in German with Andrea.


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March 6, 2022 – 1st Sunday of Lent
English Worship Service -first one back in-person: Sermon in English by Pastor Annika Klappert

++ March 6, 2022 Announcements on Sunday in English with Martin.


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February 27, 2022 – Transfiguration of our Lord
Online Worship Service (in German): Pastor Annika Klappert with Tanya Zielke.

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February 20, 2022 – Seventh Sunday after Epiphany
Online Worship Service (in English): Pastor Annika Klappert with Kristine Stuef.

++ February 20, 2022 Announcements on Sunday in English with Kai.

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February 13, 2022 – Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
Prayer walk at the lakeshore in Mimico, Lake Ontario. With Pastor Annika Klappert and Vicar Adam McComb and the confirmands.


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February 6, 2022 – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Online Worship Service (in German): Sermon in German by Pastor Annika Klappert and Iris Schweiger, Lay preacher and president Church Council.

++ February 6, 2022 Announcements on Sunday in English with Iris Schweiger.

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January 30, 2022 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Online Worship Service (in English): Sermon in English by Pastor Annika Klappert with Greg and Anneli Andre-Barrett, Co-Chairs MLC Refugee Support Team.


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January 23, 2022 – Third Sunday after Epiphany
Online Worship Service (in English and German): Vicar Adam McComb preaching in English, with Confirmand participation. Recorded hybrid in church and on Zoom.

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January 16, 2022 – Second Sunday after Epiphany
Online Worship Service (in German): Sermon in German by laypreacher Katja Brittain. Recorded at home.

++ January 16, 2022 Announcements on Sunday (in German) Tanya. Recorded at home.

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January 9, 2022 – First Sunday after Epiphany
Online Worship Service (in English): Vicar Adam McComb


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December 26, 2021 – First Sunday after Christmas
Online Devotion (in English): Pastor Annika Klappert
reads a story from the parsonage about angels with “el” at the end of their name, particularly one who was always late, named Doddel.


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December 24, 2021 – Christmas Eve
Online Worship Service (in English): Pastor Annika Klappert. (German Online Service on German page)


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Tuesday December 21, 2021
On December 21, 2021 the church choir recorded their Christmas music, four songs in German and English, from the sanctuary of our Martin Luther Church Toronto, since they would not be able to sing in-person at Christmas Eve worship services this year. We hope to spread some cheer and enjoyment of listening to the choir sing. If you know the songs, sing along from home. Merry Christmas!


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December 19, 2021 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
Candlelight Service highlights (in English): Pastor Annika Klappert. Recorded at the on-site service in the church at 7:00 pm.

++ December 19, 2021 Announcements on Sunday (in English)

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December 12, 2021 – Third Sunday of Advent
Christmas Play (in English): Pastor Annika Klappert
with Vicar Adam McComb, confirmands and children. Recorded at the on-site service in the church at 11:00 am.


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December 5, 2021 – Second Sunday of Advent
Sermon (in German): Pastor Annika Klappert. Recorded at the on-site service in the church at 11:00 am – a German worship service with church choir.

++ December 5, 2021 Announcements on Sunday (in German)

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Thursday December 2, 2021
German-speaking Advent service on Zoom,
together with the German-speaking Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Toronto: First Lutheran Church – St. George’s Church – Martin Luther Church – Thornhill Lutheran Church – Epiphany Congregation. 26 participants celebrated a traditional devotion with well-known German Advent songs and texts, followed by time for exchange of greetings. Recorded on Zoom at 11:00 am.

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November 28, 2021 – First Sunday of Advent
Sermon (in English): Pastor Annika Klappert. Recorded at the on-site service in the church at 11:00 am – a bilingual worship service with church choir.

++ November 28, 2021 Announcements on Sunday (in English)

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November 21, 2021 – 26th Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon (in English): Vicar Adam McComb. Recorded at the on-site service in the church at 11:00 am – a bilingual worship service with confirmands, the class of 2022.

++ November 21, 2021 Announcements on Sunday (in English)

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November 14, 2021 – 25th Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon (in German): Pastor Annika Klappert. Recorded at the on-site service in the church at 11:00 am – a German worship service.

++ November 14, 2021 Announcements on Sunday (in German)

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November 7, 2021 – All Saints Sunday
Sermon (in English): Pastor Annika Klappert. Recorded at the on-site service in the church at 11:00 am – an English service.

++ November 7, 2021 Announcements on Sunday (in English)

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October 31, 2021 – Reformation Sunday
Sermon (in English): Vicar Adam McComb. Recorded at the on-site service in the church at 11:00 am.


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October 24, 2021 – 22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon (in German): Iris Schweiger, Lay Preacher. Recorded at the on-site service in the church at 11:00 am.

++ October 24, 2021 Announcements on Sunday (in German)

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October 17, 2021 – 21st Sunday after Pentecost
Installation Service at 3:00 pm for Pastor Annika Klappert (in English and German):
lead by Pastor David Tin (Dean of the Central Toronto ministry area, Eastern Synod of the ELCIC) and our Pastor Annika Klappert with special guest Oberkirchenrat Pastor Marcus Garras from Germany (EKD)

For more videos see our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/MartinLutherChurchToronto

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