Category Archives: Our Church

Righteous Resisters

Today, as we approach a week of remembrance, as we consider loved ones lost on this All Saints Sunday, we are presented with the Beatitudes in our Gospel. We are given a divine version of what makes a person powerful … Continue reading

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Do not let hate hide in the shadows to whisper.

This week, in Ottawa, in six separate incidents, a teenager spray- painted hate graffiti on a United Church, a Mosque, a Jewish prayer house, a Jewish community center, and two synagogues. The rabbi of the Machzikei Hadas Synagogue came to … Continue reading

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A gift to Waterloo Seminary

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Eastern Synod of the ELCIC–our larger Lutheran family from Sault Saint Marie to Halifax. It is also St John’s 115th anniversary and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary’s 100th anniversary. A few years ago St … Continue reading

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A Christmas Message for Anglicans and Lutherans Alike


2010 Joint Christmas video from National Bishop Susan Johnson, ELCIC, and Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada Continue reading

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A Christmas from Yesteryear

Christmas 1902

Pastor Lukas and the German School in St. John, 1902. Continue reading

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Meet our Choir and music director, Michael Fry.

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Our Pastor: Joel Crouse

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A pastor’s kid from Lunenburg, N.S., Joel Crouse received his ordination in 1997 after graduating with his master’s degree in theology from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. He was called to Zion Lutheran Church in Pembroke, where he served for four years before accepting a call to St. John Lutheran Church in Ottawa. In addition to his social justice focus, he has served on the award-winning Interfaith Ottawa, Christian Council for the Capital Area as well as several joint Anglican-Lutheran initiatives. For the last two years, he has been contributing to the life of the larger church as the director of youth. Joel is married to Erin Anderssen and has two sons, Noah and Samson. His role models are his parents, Rev. Keith and Grethe Crouse, now retired after 45 years of ministry, who continue to teach him about compassion and faith. Continue reading

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