Meeting ID: 982 1020 0897
Passcode: 545640
LOCAL NUMBERS: 647 374 4685 / 647 558 0588


 The Church Council of St. John’s Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Toronto (“Church”) is calling a Special Meeting of Members on Sunday January 23, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. via ZOOM. Due to Covid rules in Ontario at this time, an in-person meeting will not be possible.

 It pertains to Excess Land Sale Approval for Part 3 (Lot 3) and Approval for Legalizing of Driveway to the Lusis family cottage

The sale of Lot 3 is extremely time sensitive, as the Agreement of Purchase and Sale expires on January 24, 2022, thus we require strong attendance to discuss and vote on this topic. A quorum of 50 members in good standing with the Church is required in order to pass the motion by a 2/3 majority vote for the sale of this land. As per Church bylaw# 13.8, if we are not able to achieve a quorum, a vote to approve the sale cannot take place and the sale is null and void.

Please forward any questions to for consideration by the Saulaine Management Committee.

St. John's Ev. Lutheran Latvian Church of Toronto is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting:

Topic: St. John's Ev. Lutheran Latvian Church of Toronto's Special Meeting

Time: Jan 23, 2022 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

St. John's Ev. Lutheran Latvian Church of Toronto is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: St. John's Ev. Lutheran Latvian Church of Toronto's Special Meeting
Time: Jan 23, 2022 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Due to the current Covid outbreak our Worship Services

are not held In-person but are available online.


Dievkalpojums 16. janvārī


Tēma. "Domāt Dieva priekšā!"


Svētītu Jauno Gadu!

2. janvāra Zoom dievkalpojums

Tēma. "Redzi, es visu daru jaunu!"


24. Decembra Ziemassvētku svētvakara dievkalpojums


DECEMBER 19, 11:00 am Worship Service with Baptism

Theme: Being a Child of God





December 5.  2nd Advent service.

Theme: God with us.



NOV. 21 / IN-PERSON WORSHIP with Communion at St. John’s with Rev. Girts Grietins and Rev. Dag Demandt, featuring organist David Smits and mezzo soprano Vilma Vitols.
Dievs svētī Latviju!

November 7

11:00 am Zoom WORSHIP (No in-person service at Church)
Theme: “Tree of Life”



at St. John's. Fellowship in the church garden to follow.

Clergy Girts Grietins and Dag Demandt

Theme “Answered Prayers”



12. septembrī Toronto latviešu draudžu kapu svētki virtuāli no York kapličas.

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Worship service at Saulaine on August 15

Theme: "Our and their Father. Tolerance."

led by pastor Ģirts Grietiņš.



August 1 church service.

The theme: "The Word of God grows."



Worship service July 25


"Come and see!"


July 18 worship service at Saulaine


For those who cannot attend Saulaine, we invite you to watch prerecorded Svētbrīdis.

July 11

Prayer as openness





The Gospel for Latvians




Commemorating the deportations of June 14th


June 6 church service Approaching the Mystery






 May 16.  Worship. ASCENSION DAY



Happy Mother’s Day!


Rembering Kurland Front (Kruzemes cietoksna piemiņai)


May 2nd Zoom Worship Service


White Tablecloth Day and

Day of the Restoration of Latvian Independence.





Happy Earth Day!

  Pastors Dag and Ģirts have prepared this short Earth Day video
(Reflections, prayer and song). Enjoy!



Good Friday Worship service:


 Thursday, April 1, 6:00 pmMAUNDAY THURSDAY WORSHIP with Communion.





March 21 "ZOOM" Service led by pastor Ģirts Grietins and Dag Demandt


"The Northern Maiden"

Zoom Worship Service Feb 21.

Remembering those lost to fire in Toronto

Organ music performed by Rev. Dr. Anita Gaide


with Communion
on February 17, 6 pm
Worship service on February 7 praying for the victims of the fire in Toronto:

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Rev 21:4

 Let us pray and support the victims of the fire in Toronto: Jana Jansons, Kai Jansons, Amanda Freimanis and Matthew Zdybal as well as survivors Arija Celeste Jansons who lost her son, Jade Jacobis and their families.

Fundraiser for Arija Jansons


(Svetbridis for this Sunday was recorded before the sad news, but it shows Jesus friendly approach to everyone)



With our deepest sorrow we inform you of the passing of

Aina Avotins

Aina Avotins was born on June 27, 1926 and passed away on January 1, 2021

(more information about her life and service in Latvian:

Funeral Service will be held on January 9, 2021 at 10:30 am.

You can watch the recording of the funeral here:

 Epiphany Worship (Dean emer. Ivars Gaide, rev. dr. Anita Gaide)


Blessed New Year!




Merry Christmas!

Watch our Christmas Family Worship Service:


In Christmas Jesus comes to us as a child.

What are the questions we ask our God as his children and what questions Jesus asks us?


3. Adventa dievkalpojums / 3rd Advent service - 13 dec 2020 live

Celebrating prāv. emer. Ilze Kuplēns-Ewart

Service from St. John's



Let us pray and celebrate Advent:

Due to the current situation with the Covid pandemic, The Church Council has decided to suspend In-Person Worship. Let us enjoy our video services.









Now you can see our Church service from different angles (thanks to Beate Augustane and Davis Maksins)

Our Latvian worship service from Harvest festival in church.


We are thankful to everyone who joined our worship service in Saulaine:



Worship service for this Sunday is from Kristus Darzs:


Worship in Latvian and English about Miracles


Worship in Latvian

Join our Sunday Worship in Latvian and English:


Let us worship, reflect and pray (in Latvian):

Commemorating June 1941 deportations:

Introduction to Apologetics.

The Problem of Evil. (In Latvian)


Pentecost Worship services online


Here you can see Pentecost reflection and prayer from pastor Grietins in Latvian:


You are also invited to join our online worhsip services with LELBĀL and St. Andrews in Latvian.

(For more information see the Latvian homepage


Listen to the second installment of pastor Girts Grietins podcast about Apologetics. How do we find our way among different religions and beliefs?


 Introduction to Christian Apologetics (in English)

The New Name

(reflections on the Book of Revelation, in Latvian) 

Have a blessed Easter !


Holly Week meditation with pastor Ģirts Grietiņš.


 Let us join Palm Sunday's video worship service presented by pastors and musicians of Canada.


Take a look at this Sunday's new video



You are welcome to listen to pastor Ģirts Grietiņš audio reading from C.S. Lewis "Mere Christianity" (in Latvian).





St. John's Latvian Lutheran Cross




Do you miss church services? Do you want to see familiar faces, enjoy the camaraderie of friends, keep in touch with current church issues? Why not  zoom to St. John's spirituality and faith discussion group in English on Sundays?

   What is it? It is more than a forum for bandying Christian challenges about. We enjoy a social half hour and switch to discussing church news and sharing details of upcoming events, developments at Kristus Darzs, Saulaine, and the Padome.
  Our discussion format has volunteers taking turns reading aloud from the selected passage. Then anyone who wishes may comment or ask questions. No one is required or challenged to speak. We are grateful to Pastor Grietiņš for his guidance, authoritative and gentle. The rest of us are all beginners, learning together. It is a safe and welcoming place, and we love having new members join. We have participants from both congregations and guests.
  We find that the group goes some distance toward filling the gap opened by this severe lockdown. Do join us for a virtual cup of coffee and a chat on Sundays. Technical support is available from Laura Johnson for anyone needing help accessing through Zoom. To join write to

Everyone is invited to join our Zoom Bible discussion group on Sundays. To participate please write to Larry Gifford











St. John's needs a new roof!

You have the opportunity to purchase select paintings from St. John's inventory of art and support the roof fund. Paintings and prices can be viewed on the walls of the lower hall. Please contact the church office if you are interested, 416-921-3327.


Guidelines concerning coronavirus.

At our service:
Greeters will not be offering to shake hands. A friendly smile and acknowledgement greeting will continue to be given!

Please refrain from shaking hands during the sharing of the peace. The words alone or a nod can convey the message.

People experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, especially a fever, should stay home and avoid contact with others until symptoms cease.

Communion assistants will continue to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water before preparing items for communion and afterwards as well as the communion vessels.

Our pastor will bless the common cup. There will be no intinction of wafers (dipping into the wine). Communion wine will be offered to the congregation only in the individual cups at the moment.

(On leaving the altar, those receiving communion are asked to place their empty cup in one of the plastic-lined containers provided by the greeters.)

General Information:
We will follow local health guidelines in our worship and meeting spaces with additional cleaning and disinfection of surfaces including door handles, railings, switches, etc.

Our Ladies’ Auxiliary will continue to prepare refreshments for Fellowship following the service, using disposable cups and plates (unless the water for the new dish washer is proven hot enough to sanitize our dishes).

(PS Since we will be generating more garbage, please put disposable cups one into the other and pile up used paper plates. Remember each city disposal service is offered every two weeks!)