Joy to you in the wonderful Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

“We exist to bring the message and example of Jesus Christ to Greater Boston and beyond.” Yes, this, our mission statement, is ambitious, and yes, we admit we will never accomplish it perfectly. But thanks be to God for nevertheless entrusting us with the keys of His Kingdom through His Holy Word in the Bible, and His precious Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

As Lutheran Christians we believe, teach and confess Christ crucified, risen, and coming again on the Last Day.  We also heed His admonition to love our neighbors as ourselves.  All this we do in an atmosphere of liturgical reverence, a high regard for His gift of music, and even a healthy sense of humor which acknowledges that we are saved by grace, not works!

Please consider your new or expanded participation in our exciting ministries located “deep” downtown in the beautiful and accessible Back Bay area of America’s most walkable city!  The volunteers and staff of First Lutheran stand ready to help you “let your light so shine before others that people will see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16)!

Thanks for reading this; and may God richly bless your day!

Yours for Christ and His Kingdom,
Ingo R. Dutzmann, Senior Pastor

Happenings at FLC

Lutheran Essentials February 20th, 2019

Lutheran Essentials meets in the undercroft of the church on Wednesday evenings at 7pm.  You can reach the undercroft by going around to the back parking lot of the church and descending the staircase to the kitchen.  Knock on the door if it is closed and some one will let you in.  You can also join us remotely via our […]

Boston Bach Birthday 334 on March 23, 2019

First Lutheran’s eleventh annual celebration of the birthday of the greatest of all Lutheran composers, Johann Sebastian Bach, will be on Saturday, March 23. Beginning at 8am and featuring concerts, organ recitals, and of course the famous German lunch (tickets $15, available at the door or from Eventbrite), the day will end with a Lutheran Vespers service at 5pm. All musical […]

A Pastor’s Job Description

As we go through the pastoral call process this spring, it is good for us to meditate on what exactly we are calling a pastor to come do among us. What is a pastor’s true job description? Our head elder recommends the following excerpt from a sermon on Colossians 1:21-29, entitled “The Job Description”. The sermon was originally preached in […]

Pastoral Epistles Study – Feb. 10, 2019

Our study of the Pastoral Epistles continued last Sunday with a discussion of 1 Timothy chapters 3 and 4, in which Paul describes the qualifications of overseers (pastors) and deacons (those who serve), and gives advice about following a truly godly lifestyle. Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing […]

Gesimatide

One of the most distinctive features of the historic lectionary is the three Sundays immediately prior to Lent. These Sundays are not part of the Epiphany season, and neither are they part of Lent (which begins on Ash Wednesday). They have their own distinctive Latin names: Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima, from which we get the name of the season, “Gesimatide” […]

Pastoral Epistles Study – Feb. 3, 2019

In our third study of the Pastoral epistles, we covered 1 Timothy 2 and part of chapter 3, due to our snow cancellation on January 20 and guest speaker on January 27. In chapter 2, Paul gives Timothy instructions on conducting worship in an orderly and respectful manner. First, he urges them to pray for all people, including those in […]

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