Christian Worship at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
At Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
2096 Windsor St., Halifax
Interfaith Harmony HalifaxGuide for Guests: Enter at the Allan Street entrance where there is also an accessible entrance for those with mobility concerns. You are welcome to wear regular everyday clothes. There will be a printed service guide to help you through the service. All are welcome to take part in Holy Communion. Visitors are not expected to make offerings. A fellowship hour for refreshments and conversation follows the one-hour-fifteen-minute service. Washrooms are located directly ahead as you enter the Allan Street entrance. Our History: The logo above captures the central beliefs of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Resurrection: an empty cross echoing the Easter theme, the sun behind the cross suggesting Christ as the light of the world, the radii on the sun reminding us of individual lives focusing toward the centre of Christ who draws us closer in communion with one another, and finally the vibrant vine on the cross – rising from the rock and rubble of seeming death and reflecting the richness of our lives from God’s gift of the Resurrection. While the primary meaning of Resurrection for us is the Christ Event, the name for this congregation has an historical note: the congregation, founded in 1915, is said to be the “resurrection” of the earlier Lutheran congregation in Halifax whose home was the Little Dutch Church on Brunswick Street, the first Lutheran church in Canada, erected in 1755 by German settlers who came to Halifax shortly after the founding of the city. The people of the Lutheran Church in Halifax have gathered from over the world since the founding of Halifax. Since Resurrection is located in a major port city, many young men from European countries were buried from Resurrection. From 1917 and during the 1920s quite a number of Lutheran seamen died of diphtheria or tuberculosis and were cared for in hospitals, and their lives celebrated in services at Resurrection. During the Second World War, many servicemen — especially from Sweden, Holland, and Norway — died in port or at sea and were buried from Resurrection. In the immediate post war period Resurrection was privileged to assist in welcoming to Canada many who fled Europe and particularly Latvian and Estonian refugees who made epic trips across the Atlantic. The church also assisted three Lutheran World Federation immigrant workers in greeting Lutherans coming to Canada through the port of Halifax. The congregation has a deep history of welcoming displaced persons, the founders themselves being displaced persons or refugees, and so continues its welcome through refugee projects, most recently families from Africa. The congregation becomes a home for students, for military personnel stationed in Halifax or on work-terms, or people seeking a community relationship, and for all who feel at odds with their current spiritual homes. As another historical note, seventeen members of Resurrection lost their lives in the Halifax Explosion of 1917. Seven Lutheran sailors serving on the ship the Imo, one of the two ships involved in the collision, also died. Stained glass windows on the east wall are a memorial gift for the victims.