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Pastoral Epistles Study, Jan. 6 2019

In our first study of Paul’s pastoral epistles (1&2 Timothy and Titus), we reviewed the historical background of the letters. The letters are named for their recipients, two young pastors that had helped Paul on his missionary journeys. Paul addresses each of them as his “dear son,” and both young men are mentioned elsewhere in the Bible. Timothy is mentioned […]

Sunday Bible Study: The Pastoral Epistles

Please join us this winter/spring season on Sundays at 9:30 as we study the Pastoral epistles together during the Sunday school hour. These three letters, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus, were written by St. Paul to the men he left in charge of the churches in Ephesus and Crete. His advice to these shepherds of God’s flock remains relevant […]

Shining with Gifts

The season of congregational gift commitment is drawing to a close, and the season of gift-giving is approaching. It is not too late to make a commitment to support the ministry growth that will allow FLC to Shine in Faith, in Mercy, and in Joy. If you missed the opportunity to join with your FLC family members to commit a [...]

Shining in Joy: Caroling in the Courtyard

Shining in Mercy: BLW Caroling

Last weekend FLC’s blind ministry, Boston Light of the World, headed over to Hale House, an assisted living facility near church, to spread holiday cheer. Rosie played beautiful accompaniment on the piano as we sang a variety of favorite Christmas carols with residents in their cozy sitting room. Boston Light of the World, led by Charles and Rosie Goumas, longtime […]

Music this Sunday: December 2, 2018

The First Sunday in Advent strikes some as a quandary. Here we are in December,  yet we hear the following from Matthew 21 as our Gospel lesson: Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and [...]

Shining with Boston Light of the World: Thanksgiving and Vespers

This past Saturday several ministries at FLC came together to celebrate Thanksgiving and the last Sunday of the church year with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner followed by a Vespers service.  Our blind ministry, Boston Light of the World, led by Charles Goumas and his wife Rosie, held their monthly dinner a little earlier than usual so that the rest of […]

Generosity in Action: Bagel Ministry

Anyone who’s stayed to chat a while after 8am service, or arrived a little early for 9:30 Sunday school, knows that the kitchen is the place to be. There’s always hot coffee, bagels, cream cheese, and a big box of munchkins. Well, maybe not always the munchkins – but the munchkins box is there, so you know you just weren’t […]

Music this Sunday: November 18, 2018

The Hymn of the Day for Trinity 26 is a translation of the Dies irae (“day of wrath”), a medieval Latin Sequence of nineteen stanzas sung at the funeral mass. This Sequence alludes to various portions of Scripture, including St. Matthew’s separation of the sheep and the goats (Matthew 25:31–46, the Gospel for Trinity 26), St. Luke’s description of the […]

Thanksgiving Meal and Music Nov. 24

All are invited to a special Thanksgiving potluck at church on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 3pm. The meal will be followed by a wonderful Vespers service celebrating the last Sunday of the church year, with prelude at 4:30 and service at 5pm. The service will feature a cantata by Bach and will be followed by a reception, just in case […]

Shine Commitment Card: How to fill it out

This Sunday, November 4th, is Commitment Sunday. We have the privilege and opportunity to commit our resources to the service of the ultimate creator and giver, God. We will have a Service of Commitment where the congregation lays their commitment cards on the altar, and we encourage all attendees of FLC to participate. Our goal is to have 100% participation. [...]

Shining in Joy: Exported Talent

One of the ways that First Lutheran Church of Boston joyfully Shines that we routinely export our talent all over the world. Students and adults come to Boston for study or work; after some years at FLC, they move on to the next phase of their education or employment in another city. Their faith grows at FLC, and they are [...]

SHINE Commitment Service and Brunch

This coming Sunday, Nov. 4, First Lutheran will hold a SINGLE SERVICE at 9:30am instead of our usual 8&11am schedule, to enable the congregation to come together and celebrate returning our SHINE commitments to the Lord’s altar. If you’ve received a commitment card, please bring it with you – and if not, more will be available at the service. Also, […]

Shining in Joy: Young Adult Hike

On Saturday, October 20th at 7:00 in the morning, eight Young Adults and two young-at-heart embarked on the journey of a lifetime: the drive to and ascent of Mount Major in Alton, New Hampshire. The hike was a great opportunity for the young adults to get to know each better and work towards a common goal. According to Pastor Dutzmann, [...]

Shining in Faith: Wednesday night studies

The traffic is tough, the congregation lives scattered across New England, and getting to church on a Wednesday evening is not an easy task. But the Lutheran Essentials class boasts a steady attendance, and offers a unique supplement to Sunday morning Bible study, "Deep on theology and joyful in song this class meets every Wednesday night at 7pm and welcomes [...]

Shine: The vision

Shine is a generosity journey for the First Lutheran Church of Boston that was launched in September. If you’ve heard Pastor’s sermons and the video series during the Bible study hour, you'll know that we’ve been focusing on God’s radical generosity towards us, his people. In the upcoming weeks, we will continue to focus on God’s amazing generosity. But now [...]

Shining in Faith: The Generosity of Children

The children of FLC worked on a project this summer. They thought about the gifts that God has so richly given them, and they wrote down the ways that they could practice generosity with the gifts that they had been given. They made them into quilt squares, like an old-fashioned quilting bee, adding their small acts of generosity together to [...]

Music this Sunday: November 4, 2018

This Sunday, November 4, we celebrate the Feast of All Saints (transferred from its canonical date of November 1). As has been FLC's practice on major feasts over the last few years, we will sing Divine Service 5, Martin Luther's Deutsche Messe as retained in Lutheran Service Book. The incidental music for Sunday's feast is based on the Gloria from [...]

Reformation Hymn Festival

On Sunday, October 28 at 3:00pm, First Lutheran Church will hold a hymn festival celebrating great hymnody of the Reformation era. FLC's Minister of Music Jonathan Wessler will preside at the stunning Richards, Fowkes & Co. Baroque organ in FLC's balcony, upon which the chorales and chorale-based organ music of the Reformation are perfectly at home. The central feature of the [...]

SHINE: Generosity Initiative

AND THOSE WHO ARE WISE SHALL SHINE LIKE THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE SKY ABOVE... Daniel 12:3 Read about why this matters here As we prepare to call our next shepherd in 2019, we celebrate and thank God for the men who have faithfully served First Lutheran Church of Boston—the historic Lutheran church in New England’s largest city—for more than 175 years. [...]

SHINE: Message From First Lutheran Church of Boston

Dear Friends, “You are the light of the world.” Matthew 5:14 First Lutheran Church of Boston has begun an exciting new season of generosity—a season to Shine in Faith, Mercy, and Joy to the broken world. We are writing to invite you, our friends and family, to walk with us on this journey. The brokenness of the world is easy [...]

Meet Our Staff: John Lindemann

As Parish Administrator since late-2014, John Lindemann is responsible for holding everything together on the non-sanctuary side of the church. No matter the need, John finds a way to keep this place from falling apart. Whether trying to stretch our budget by buying smart from vendors and making the most use of our facility beyond worship, managing relationships within our […]

Shining for Jesus – Carol Holderness

Each week through October, we'll profile members of our congregation and their views of how they and FLC shine in faith, mercy, and joy.

Shining for Jesus – Cris Brueggeman

Each week through October, we'll profile members of our congregation and their views of how they and FLC shine in faith, mercy, and joy. This week, Cris Brueggeman talks about her arrival in Boston and how she found a new home at FLC.

Shining for Jesus – Joy Wessler

Each week through October, we'll profile members of our congregation and their views of how they and FLC shine in faith, mercy, and joy. This week, Joy Wessler talks about her family's experience as transplanted Midwesterners who found a new home and new family that is the FLC congregation.

Shining for Jesus – Charlie and Rosie Goumas

Each week through October, we'll profile members of our congregation and their views of how they and FLC shine in faith, mercy, and joy. This week, Charlie and Rosie Goumas look at their own journey here beginning in 1981. According to Charlie, despite their disabilities, they have been encouraged to be contributors to our ministries as much as anyone else—and [...]

Shining in Faith: Children’s Sunday School

Every Sunday morning at 9:30, the children of FLC gather in the church Undercroft for Sunday School opening. Fueled by donut holes and treats from the church kitchen, they lead their parents and church family members through Catechism study and songs for Sunday School Opening. Then the Undercroft temporarily explodes with energy as they run upstairs to sing more energetic [...]

Meet Our Staff: Pastor Ingo Dutzmann

  Pastor Ingo Dutzmann has been the senior Pastor at First Lutheran Church of Boston for over 20 years and has a great heart for Jesus, his congregation, and the people of Boston. Whether he’s preaching law and gospel to folks both big and small, taking visitors out for lunch, counseling the distraught, or just making bad puns to lighten […]

Boston Bach International Organ Competition

The first-ever Boston Bach International Organ Competition (www.bbioc.org) will be held here from September 1st (Labor Day weekend) through September 9th. And, no surprise, FLC’s Richards, Fowkes & Co. opus 10 is front and center for the competition. It shows off its fabulous pipes in a master class on the morning of Saturday, September 1st, and for lots of events […]

May Voters’ Meeting and Potluck

The Voters’ assembly of First Lutheran Church of Boston will be holding their regular May meeting after late service on Sunday, May 20, 2018. All members and friends are welcome to attend. If you are a member who would like to become a voting member, there will be an opportunity at the beginning of the meeting. In addition to reports […]

Summer Worship and Socializing

Single Summer Service and Socializing Beginning the first Sunday after Vacation Bible School ends (July 1) and including all Sundays in July and August, First Lutheran Church will be conducting only one Divine Service each Sunday morning at 9:30am to be followed by Courtyard Coffee Hour. Here’s a great opportunity for all of us to worship as one Congregation and spend a […]

Boston Marathon 2018 Welcome

Are you in town for the 2018 Boston Marathon on April 16th?   Welcome to the Marathon ’Hub’ of the modern world, Boston, in the Wonderful Name of our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!   Your presence at Sunday Worship with us this year on April 15th at either the 8:00am or 11:00am services would be such a blessing to us. We are one of the closest churches to the Finish […]

Easter Vigil as covered by the Boston Globe

A WINDOW INTO WORSHIP Boston Globe Sunday, April 1, 2018   Photo: Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff Published with permission Boston Globe and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, Craig F. Walker, joined First Lutheran at its Vigil of Easter worship service on Saturday evening, March 31. The following link will bring you to a series of Craig’s photos at the Boston Globe’s website, titled “At New […]

Holy Week 2018 Reminders and Events

We’re providing you with a few reminders and links for volunteers and donations to consider as we enter Holy Week and prepare for Easter. Listed below is our schedule of worship services for the coming week and a few important notes.   Palm Sunday Worship: March 25 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt: 9:30 a.m. (NO Wednesday evening worship or Lutheran Essentials)   Maundy Thursday Worship […]

Easter Brunch

Please join us on Easter Sunday, April 1st, 2018 this year, for great food and fellowship during our annual Easter brunch. Held in the undercroft between the services (for visitors, that’s 9:30-11am), Easter brunch is a great way to meet new friends, catch up with old friends, and enjoy the delicious contributions of our First Lutheran Church community. Easter brunch […]

Guest Preacher spotlight: Rev. Dr. Nunes

President of Concordia New York Visits First Lutheran Church On March 18th First Lutheran Church was privileged to hear President John Nunes preach the gospel, and to hear his wife, the talented Monique Nunes, sing a beautiful rendition of the classic hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness.  Dr. Nunes also led the adult Bible study hour in a discussion of how ideas […]

Easter Egg Hunt returns for 2018

Families, friends, and neighbors of FLC are invited to join together for an Easter Egg Hunt on Palm Sunday, March 25th, during the Sunday School hour. Attendees will gather in the Sanctuary at 10:00 to Bunny Hop to the egg hunting grounds, and return to the undercroft for prizes and treats. Volunteers are needed for hiding eggs, wrangling hunters, chatting up Back Bay neighbors, helping with prize swaps, and wearing the […]

Holy Week and Easter at First Lutheran Church

Palm Sunday Worship: March 25 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt: 9:30 a.m.   Maundy Thursday Worship with Holy Communion: March 29 at 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Worship: March 30 Prayer Vigil: 12 Noon – 3:00 p.m. Tenebrae: 7:00 p.m.   Easter Vigil with Holy Communion: Saturday, March 31 at 5:00 p.m. Easter Celebration with Holy Communion: April […]

Boston Bach Birthday is coming on March 17th

Boston Bach Birthday 333 is on March 17th. Celebrate the birthday of the greatest of all Lutheran composers, Johann Sebastian Bach, with First Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 17, 2018. FLC’s annual Boston Bach Birthday will begin at 8am and feature concerts, organ recitals, a Vespers service, and of course the famous German lunch (tickets $15, available at the door or from Eventbrite). All […]

Missionary Visit: Joe and Jennie Asher

First Lutheran Church was privileged to host Reverend Joe and Deaconess Jennie Asher on March 4. Joe preached the sermon at both services and both Joe and Jennie presented their work to our congregation at the adult Bible study hour. Joe and Jennie serve the Lord through the LCMS in Germany. Joe serves as the pastor of Kaiserslautern Evangelical Lutheran […]

Shaped By Service – Lutheran Young Adult Corps in Boston

One gray and rainy October morning, four young women dodged puddles as they hurried through Boston Common toward First Lutheran Church of Boston. “Good morning!” they called in unison to parish administrator John Lindemann as they passed by the church office and proceeded to the basement, where they set up their laptops on a long folding table in their makeshift […]

Adult Sunday Bible Study: Luther on Galatians

The Epistle to the Galatians is my epistle, to which I am betrothed. It is my Katie von Bora. -Martin Luther, at table Luther wasn’t one to mince words, and he has many insights to share with us in his 1535 lectures on Paul’s epistle to the Galatians. Although Paul’s epistle is only 6 chapters long, it wonderfully explains how […]

A December to Remember for Boston Light of the World

December is an extra-special month for the Boston Light of the World group! They went caroling at Hale House then enjoyed a home-cooked meal and some lovely violin music. Many thanks to the Timko family for taking the reins on December’s BLW get together. Dierdre (second picture) even knit the Timko girls hats as a Christmas thank you!   Looking […]

Caroling in the Courtyard for 2017

Join the FLC congregation on Sunday, December 10 after the 11am service for Caroling in the Courtyard. Approximate start time is 12:30pm. We sing carols of the season and hand out cookies and cocoa to passers- and drivers-by. Though the weather may be cold, it will be warm in our cups and in our spirits! It has become a major outreach event and a […]

Canto Armonico presents Telemann

Ruler of the oceans and seas Neptune, and the wind gods Aeolus and Zephyr, come to life when Simon Carrington directs Canto Armonico in a program of Georg Philipp Telemann’s music. Hear his splendid German Magnificat, a delightful Paris quartet, and the spirited Water Music, and herald in the Advent of Jesus Christ with one of Telemann’s many cantata settings […]

Advent and Christmas Worship at First Lutheran Church

  December 2017 at First Lutheran Church Ways to Worship and Ways to Serve Peace and Joy in the Precious NAME of our Advent Lord and King, Jesus! Welcome to a brand new start of the Church Year as we anticipate again, the coming of the Christ Child, born of the Virgin Mary! Think of it; Without Christ there would […]

Advent and Christmas Concerts at First Lutheran

Special Holiday Music  Canto Armonico in Concert Friday, December 1st 2017 at 8:00pm www.cantoarmonico.org   Boston Camerata in Concert Saturday, December 2nd 2017 at 8 p.m. bostoncamerata.org   Rumbarocco in Concert Saturday, December 9th 2017 at 2 p.m. www.rumbarocco.org   Oriana Consort in Concert Saturday, December 9th 2017  at 8 p.m. www.orianaconsort.org   Schola Cantorum in Concert Saturday, December 23rd 2017 at 8 p.m. […]

Bach Vespers for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Add New First Lutheran’s acclaimed Bach Vespers series continues on Saturday, October 28 with the centerpiece of the series: a Vespers service commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. When Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Schloßkirche on October 31, 1517, he began a movement to reclaim the centrality of the Gospel of Jesus […]

Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico

Support relief and mercy efforts for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico As federal agencies rush to establish emergency airlift and disaster relief infrastructure for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, LCMS World Relief and Human Care, through its LCMS Disaster Response team, is preparing to bring urgent relief and the hope of the Gospel to Puerto Ricans whose lives have been shaken by […]

Support for Las Vegas

As we continue to pray for those impacted by the Las Vegas shooting—the families of those killed, the hundreds wounded and the hundreds more who cared for them, the police and first-responders, doctors and nurses, and our grieving Nation—I want to share the following that was passed along to us from the Synod, via emails from District President Yeadon.   […]

Reformation 500 Panel Discussion

Reformation 500 Panel Discussion As announced earlier, a special Reformation panel discussion is scheduled to take place on Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm at Grace Lutheran Church in Nashua, NH. Details follow below. Please note that if you ‘d like to take advantage of the meal and fellowship that immediately follow the panel discussion, the folks at Grace ask that you them at 603-888-7579 to reserve a […]

Pastor Dutzmann Celebrates 20 years at First Lutheran Church

Pastor’s Anniversary On Thursday, Pastor Dutzmann celebrated the 20th Anniversary of his Installation here at FLC. We’ll recognize that special milestone on Sunday with (what else?!?) a special cake after services. Please don’t hesitate to help us make the day a bit more special by bringing a special non-sheetcake snack to share.

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Responds to Hurricane Harvey

The LCMS is standing with the Texas District to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey and flooding. Please pray for all involved. To give online, visit lcms.org/harvey. Text “LCMSHARVEY” to 41444 to give by text. Call the LCMS toll-free gift line between 8 a.m. and 4:10 p.m. Central time at 888-930-4438. By mail, make checks payable to “LCMS.” On the […]

The Ecumenical Creeds

Even though we say the Apostle’s Creed daily, the Nicene Creed in the Divine Service, and the Athanasian Creed on Trinity Sunday, we never think much about what we are saying and why we say it.  However, the three Ecumenical Creeds form the rule of faith for the whole Christian Church and are a distillation of the essentials of what […]

Lutheran Church of the Way golf outing supports Riss Family

The 13th annual golf outing at Lutheran Church of the Way in Raynham will be held Sunday, June 25th, 2017. Proceeds go to support the family of Pastor Augusto Riss who was recently murdered overseas. Download the flyer here: Golf_Event_Flyer_2017 The event takes place at the well-manicured Village Links 18 hole Par 3 golf course in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Course features 2,859 […]

Vespers for the Dresden Reformation Jubilee of 1617

Vespers on Friday, June 16 at 5pm will feature the return of Canto Armonico, directed by Ulf Wellner. Canto Armonico will present a celebratory Vespers service for the Reformation Jubilee of 1617 as it might have been celebrated that year in Dresden. Several Psalms, motets, and chorales by Heinrich Schütz and Michael Praetorius will adorn the service, and the Reverend Ingo […]

Sermon Audio for Feast of the Ascension

[thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Mark-1614-20.m4a’][/thaudio] A sermon for the Feast of the Ascension preached by Pastor Adam DeGroot on the text of Mark 16:14-20.

This is His Feast – Welcome to Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School help wanted

This is His Feast – Vacation Bible School 2017 Work to transform the undercroft to its VBS grandeur continues this Wednesday between 8 am and 2 pm in preparation for June’s Sunday morning VBS! A light snack is provided, but it’s BYOL. Special needs for decorating. include: silver and gold metallic wrapping paper; empty paper towel and gift wrap rolls; […]

The Sacred Survivors – Printing and Perseverance in the Baltics during the Reformation

The Sacred Survivors June 28th, 2017 at 7PM. First Lutheran Church of Boston All are welcome Turbulent is the history of many early printed books. This is certainly the case for the first books printed in Baltic languages. For instance, soon after the printing of the first book printed in Estonian (Wanradt-Koell’i Katekismus, 1535) it was ordered that all copies […]

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Call Day

This is it! Join in the excitement of Call Day 2017 Wednesday, April 26, during two services in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Concluding students will receive their pastoral and diaconal calls and second-year students will receive their vicarage or internship assignments. Assignment of Vicarages and Internships 3 p.m. […]

Reformation 500 Event – Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World

St. Luke’s, Dedham, has arranged for a special showing of the full-length film, “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World.” The movie will be shown on Thursday, April 27th at 7:30 p.m. at the Showcase Cinema deluxe Legacy Place in Dedham. Tickets are $9 and are available here: https://new.tugg.com/events/martin-luther-the-idea-that-changed-the-world-we2x But, here’s the catch…the event will only go forward if […]

First Lutheran Church Welcomes Boston Marathon Runners and Families

Are you in town for the 2017 Boston Marathon on April 17th? Welcome to the Marathon’Hub’ of the modern world – Boston; in the Wonderful Name of our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  Your presence at Easter Sunday Worship with us this year on April 16th at either the 8AM or 11AM services would be such a blessing to us as we were one of […]

Join us for the Easter Sunday Breakfast

Easter Sunday Breakfast, April 16th, 2017. Put on those Easter bonnets, break out those favorite brunch recipes and plan to join us for this spectacular spread of super Sunday samplings between the early and late services. If you  are able to provide a dish, please sign up here easter breakfast signup. However your presence is most appreciated!

Lent and Easter At First Lutheran Church 2017

2017 Mid-Week Lenten Services at FLC – BOSTON   The theme for our Wednesday evening Lenten services is “Jesus trusts the Old Testament teachings. Dare we do less?”   Services begin at 7p.m, and are preceded by a soup supper at 6 p.m.   March 8                 The God of Creation (Genesis 1:1-5) March 15               The Author of Marriage (Genesis 2:18-25) […]

Bach Birthday is Back!

  The First Lutheran Church will host the ninth annual Boston Bach Birthday on Saturday, March 18. In 2017, this hotly anticipated event celebrates not only the 332nd birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, but also the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. As always, all musical events are free and open to the public (balcony seating available for $20 at the door), and […]

Ash Wednesday Services at Noon and 7PM on March 1st, 2017

Lent begins on March 1st with worship at noon and 7PM. A soup supper will be held at 6PM in the undercroft.

Reformation discussion features First Lutheran members

Looking for ways to learn more about the Reformation during this 500th anniversary year? YOU ARE INVITED: Panel Discussion on 500th Year Anniversary of Protestant Reformation Sunday, February 12th   4:00-6:30 pm 130 Spit Brook Road, Nashua NH * 603-888-7579   Grace Lutheran Church of Nashua is pleased to invite the general public to join them for a panel discussion, in […]

Sermon Audio: Who Is This?

Who Is This? An Epiphany sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on January 29th, 2017. [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Who-Is-This-Matthew-827.m4a’][/thaudio]

Leipzig Letter from the Ahlman Family – February Edition

News from the Ahlman Family in Leipzig, serving the church in Germany and Eastern Europe. Download a PDF newsletter below. February 2017 (1)

Sermon Audio: I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel

I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel; An Epiphany Sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on January 22nd, 2017. [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/I-Am-Not-Ashamed-Of-The-Gospel.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: Marriage: A Profound Mystery

An Epiphany sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on January 15th, 2017. [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/marriage-A-Profound-Mystery-.m4a’][/thaudio]

Ingo Dutzmann to speak at Church of the Advent, January 15th

And Now a Word from Our Neighbors at Church of the Advent at the foot of Beacon Hill, January 15th Organ Recital, Solemn Evensong & Benediction, and E&B Talk featuring Rev. Ingo Dutzmann (applause).   Our monthly service of Evensong & Benediction at the Advent resumes next Sunday, Jan. 15.  The evening begins with an organ recital at 4:30  by […]

Sermon Audio for the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord

Preached By Pastor James Butler on the Feast of the Epiphany of our Lord [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Epiphany-Sermon-Butler.m4a’][/thaudio]  

Sermon Audio for the First Sunday of Epiphany

“What Does This Mean?” A Sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann for the First Sunday of Epiphany [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/What-Does-This-Mean.m4a’][/thaudio]

Deutscher Weihnachtsgottesdienst

61. jährlichen deutschen Weihnachtsgottesdienst (61st Annual German Christmas Service) Sunday, December 4th at 4p.m. (followed by an authentic German Reception)

Thanksgiving has been extended at First Lutheran Church!

Regardless of where you fall on the old axiom, “there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing,” FLC has a special “Thanksgiving – The Sequel” dinner planned for Saturday, November 26th. College students, young professionals and Boston Light of the World members and those of you who just can’t get enough of what almost became our national […]

Bach Vespers Returns for Advent

The First Lutheran Church of Boston begins its 2016-2017 series of Bach Vespers services in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 5:00pm (prelude recital at 4:30) with a Choral Vespers for the First Sunday in Advent. This will be the first such event under the direction of Jonathan Wessler, First Lutheran’s recently […]

Children’s Sunday School for October 23rd Cancelled by Heavy Rains

Greetings. Friday night’s torrential rains succeeded in turning our undercroft into Lake Undercroft. Although not as bad as the flooding of about two years ago in terms of volume and “quality,” water did travel the length of the basement, soaking a few area rugs along the way to the nursery. The common area of the undercroft, kitchen and ladies room were to […]

Free Mini Martin Luther for a Song!

Dear Friends, Would you like a Lil‘ Luther? Who wouldn’t? Well do we have a contest for you.  Simply memorize all the verses to “Salvation Unto Us Has Come” (LSB 555) and find Paul Edmon and sing it for him from memory.  You can have as few or as many people do it as you want. Sing it accapella, in […]

New England Reformation Celebration at St. John’s Lutheran Church

Join members of other NED congregations at St. John’s, Westfield, MA, for the Kick-Off Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. From 2pm to 4pm enjoy activities and games for all ages. Greet and get a selfie with Martin Luther and his wife, Katie Von Bora (who learned English for the occasion).   At 4pm, a banner procession signals […]

Lutherans for Life presentation Sunday, September 25th

First Lutheran will have a special program in the Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Sunday on September 25. Our speaker will be John Hawkins from Austin, Texas who is with the National Office of Lutherans For Life. His topic will be “Abortion – Where We’re At & How We Got Here – A Christian Perspective” which he has presented […]

Jonathan Wessler Joins First Lutheran Church as New Minister of Music

Dr. Jonathan Wessler was selected unanimously by the congregation of First Lutheran Church of Boston to become its new Minister of Music and will assume the position effective September 1, 2016. Wessler, Assistant Organist at the Church of St. Paul in Cambridge, will replace Balint Karosi who joined St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York City last November.   “The […]

Jesus Rescues Us: Vacation Bible School 2016

Rescue Station VBS 2016 FAQs with answers When is it? Every Sunday morning in June, from 9:30 to 12:15 Where is it? The First Lutheran Church undercroft Who can come? Children ages 2 – 11 (grade 5), members and non-members What does it cost? There is no cost. Donations are welcome to defray expenses. How can I help? Volunteers are […]

Sermon Audio: The Blood of the Lamb

The Blood of the Lamb: A Sermon for the season of Easter preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/The-Blood-Of-The-Lamb-Rev-713-14.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: Are You Written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?

  Are You Written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? A sermon for the Easter season preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on Revelation 21: 21-26 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Are-You-Written-In-The-Lambs-Book-Of-Life-Rev-2121-26.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: Ascension Day Vespers

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Sermon Audio: Whoever is Thirsty Let Him Come

Whoever is Thirsty Let Him Come: An Easter Sermon Preached By Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the text of Revelation 22:17 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Whoever-Is-Thirsty-Let-Him-Come-Revelation-2217.m4a’][/thaudio]

Comfort Dogs to join 2016 Boston Marathon

First Lutheran Church in Boston at 299 Berkeley Street will be home base for Lydia Comfort Dog as she prepares to mingle with runners & spectators at The Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18, 2016. She & her team of handlers would love to visit with you. All are invited to the 8am and 11am Sunday worship services at First […]

First Lutheran Church Welcomes Boston Marathon Runners and Families

Welcome to the Marathon’Hub’ of the modern world – Boston; in the Wonderful Name of our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  Your presence at Sunday Worship with us this year on April 17th at either the 8AM or 11AM services would be such a blessing to us as we were one of the closest churches to the ‘bombing’ 2013 as well as the hosts of the “Comfort Dogs” and […]

Sermon Audio: Jesus: A Courage Unknown, Still Stands Alone

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Sermon Audio: Then Satan Entered Judas

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Sermon Audio: The Triumphal Entry

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Sermon Audio: To Die Daily and Rise in Christ

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Sermon Audio: We Must Obey God Rather Than Men

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Sermon Audio: Easter Sunday 2016

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Sermon Audio: The Stone the Builders Rejected Has Become the Capstone

The Stone the Builders Rejected Has Become the Capstone A Sermon Preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann for the 4th Sunday in Lent on Luke 20:17 and Psalm 118:22 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/The-Stone-The-Builders-Rejected-Like-2017-psalm-11822.m4a’][/thaudio]

Boston Bach Birthday 331 Program, Reservations & Volunteering

    BOSTON BACH BIRTHDAY 331 – March 19, 2016 8AM – 6PM, at the First Lutheran Church of Boston Free Admission, donation gratefully accepted Sponsored jointly for the 8th consecutive year by the First Lutheran Church of Boston and the Boston Chapter, American Guild of Organists Celebrating the 331st Birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach (March 21, 1685) and Looking […]

Sermon Audio: Stephen

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Sermon Audio: No Temptation Has Overtaken You That Is Not Common To Man

Sermon Audio: No Temptation Has Overtaken You That Is Not Common To Man A Sermon for the 2nd Sunday in Lent preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on 1st Corinthians 10:13 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/No-Temptation-Has-Overtaken-You-That-Is-Not-Common-To-Man-1-Cor-1013.m4a’][/thaudio]

Concordia Lutheran High School Choir visits Boston

Here comes Concordia Lutheran High School! On Friday, February 26th at 7 pm, you can hear the prized A Cappella Choir of Concordia Lutheran High School from Fort Wayne, Indiana in concert at First Lutheran. Finalists in the Indiana State High School Choral Music Competition for the past three years, this 50-member chorus will spend a one-week tour in places […]

Lenten Devotions – Love’s Greatest Sacrifice

Using Luke’s account in chapters 22 and 23, Lutheran Hour Ministries’ Lenten devotions for 2016, Love’s Greatest Sacrifice, follow closely the final events of Jesus’ life. Written by Rev. Wayne Palmer, these meditations chart the difficult people and circumstances (corrupt high priests, sham Roman authorities, hard-headed and self-absorbed disciples, Judas’ betrayal, Peter’s denial) that Jesus encountered on His way to […]

Lenten Worship and Devotional Opportunities

This year’s theme for our mid-week Lenten services is “courage.” We’ll consider Biblical examples of how people of God showed courage in the face of adversity, uncertainty, and even death. Our series highlights the following Biblical accounts of courage; Mary; Service of Prayer and Preaching, Wednesday, February 17, 7pm Abraham; Service of Prayer and Preaching on Wednesday February 24, 7pm Stephen; Service of […]

Boston Bach Birthday; Save the Date March 19th, 2016

Guess whose birthday is fast approaching once again? That’s right, it’s him again! The annual celebration of of J.S. Bach’s birthday will take place at First Lutheran Church on March 19th, 2016. A full dose of free and excellent music for fans of all ages will run from morning through evening including a cantata Vespers worship service, works for the […]

Sermon Audio: Sacrifice

Sermon Audio: A Sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann for the First Sunday of Lent on Luke 41:13 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Sacrifice-Luke-41-13.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: When You Fast

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Sermon Audio: Living Transfigured Lives

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Sermon Audio: Agape

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Sermon Audio: And All Spoke Well of Him

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Sermon Audio: January 17, 2016

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Lessons from Lake Woebgon: Some thoughts about Garrison Keillor

Dear friends and members of First Lutheran Church of Boston, I was a late-comer to the weekly radio broadcasts of “Prairie Home Companion” headlined by the one-and-only, Garrison Keillor, back in 1983. I’ll never forget the mesmerizing effect of hearing humorous, yet honest, portrayals of what it means to live “in the world” while resisting being “of the world” from […]

Epiphany Bach Vespers arrives on January 23rd

On January 23rd, 5PM, Balint Karosi, the Choir and Orchestra of First Lutheran Church of Boston will return for Cantata BWV 111 “Was mein Gott will, das g’scheh allzeit”, or “May my God’s will always be done”. The cantata will be presented in the context of a traditional Lutheran vespers, or evening prayer, service with scripture readings and preaching appropriate for the […]

An urgent call to help those affected by flooding and tornados

A message from Lutheran Church Missouri Synod president Matthew Harrison; Brothers and Sisters in Christ: As most of us gathered with family and friends for Christmas worship and celebrations, cities in Texas and the Deep South were slammed by tornados while historic rainfall poured down on the Midwest. In Texas alone, hundreds of homes were leveled, and record-breaking floodwaters in […]

Sermon Audio: Our Inheritance is sealed with a promise

Our Inheritance is sealed with a promise A sermon for the Second Sunday in Christmas preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on Ephesians 1:11-14   [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Our-Inheritance-Sealed-With-A-Promise-Ephesians-111-14.m4a’][/thaudio]

Christmas Eve Family Service

Dear Families of FLC,   Just a reminder that the family service on Christmas Eve begins at 4:00. Please have your children to the church by 3:20 on Thursday.   Remember to allow extra time for parking and don’t forget to plug those meters!   Also, please bring a plate of cookies/treats/fruit to share at the reception following the service […]

Sermon Audio: My Soul Magnifies the Lord

My Soul Magnifies the Lord A Sermon preached for the fourth Sunday in Advent by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on Luke 1:46-47 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/My-soul-magnifies-the-lord-Luke-146-47.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: Humble Yourselves That You May Be Exalted

Humble Yourselves That You May Be Exalted A Midweek Advent Sermon Preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on December 16, 2015. [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Humble-Yourselves-That-You-May-Be-Exalted-1-Peter-562.m4a’][/thaudio]    

Leipzig Letter from Christopher and Elizabeth Ahlman

Rejoice, you heavens; be glad, earth! Praise, you mountains, with rejoicing! For the Lord has comforted his people and has mercy upon his wretched ones (personal translation) —Is. 49,13 It’s one thing to be talked to; it’s another thing to be talked about. Isaiah knows this, and that’s why––even for a brief moment––he proceeds not to talk to God’s wretched people, but instead […]

Boston Light of the World Meeting

Join Boston Light of the World on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 5:30PM for a Christmas dinner. Sight-impaired and sighted folks are all welcome to join together to celebrate Christmas and carry on the Boston Light of the World mission, which is…. To reach the Blind Community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His love through feeling His presence […]

Thank You Courtyard Carolers!

Hi Friends, I wanted to summarize this year’s Caroling in the Courtyard event. I think it was even better than the previous years, if that’s at all possible. The facts: We distributed 150 ziplock bags of cookies (with stickers listing Advent and Christmas services) and 150 cups of cocoa to passers-by (walking and in cars) FLCers used 100 cups w/lids […]

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear: A timely Advent Message

Some words of encouragement from Dr. Dale Meyer, president of Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis. Who knows what today will bring? We fear the future, not always but often. What might put too much strain on a marriage, what beyond your control might hurt your children, what emergency might collapse your tottering finances, and failure at work? I was surprised […]

Seremon Audio: He Who is Mightier than I is Coming.

“He Who is Mightier than I is Coming” A Sermon preached for the third Sunday of Advent by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on Luke 3:16   [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/He-Who-Is-Mightier-Than-I-Is-Coming-Luke-3_16.m4a’][/thaudio]He

Bach Vespers Sermon Audio: The Triumphal Entry

“The Triumphal Entry” A Sermon preached for the First Sunday of Advent by Rev. James Hopkins on Matthwew 21:1-9 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/The-Triumphal-Entry-1.m4a’][/thaudio]

Midweek Sermon Audio: My Peace I Give to You

My Peace I Give to You; A Sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann for the 2nd Wednesday of Advent on the text of John 14:27 Readings John 14.21-31 Ps 85.6-13 Hymns LSB 357 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel LSB 354 Arise, O Christian People   [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Advent-midweek-sermon-9-december.m4a’][/thaudio]

Children invited to sing O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Sunday, December 13, 2015

Want to give your kids a chance to sing in church? How about a whole verse of the wonderful Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”? Children are invited to sing verse 3 during both the 8:00AM and 11:00AM Divine Service on December 13, 2015. A brief run-through will take place in the choir loft before each service. Oh, come, […]

Thanks basket makers and cookie bakers! Christmas gifts for the homebound.

Thanks to all the basket makers and cookie bakers, and bless you all for your annual gift of love to those who are elderly and infirm. Gratefully yours in Christ, Pastor Dutzmann

Sermon Audio: HE has Redeemed HIS People

Sermon Audio: HE Has Redeemed HIS people A Sermon for the 2nd Sunday in Advent preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on Luke 1:68-79 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/HE-has-Redeemed-HIS-People-Luke-1_68-79.m4a’][/thaudio]

Bach Vespers for Advent arrives on December 12

Join First Lutheran on December 12, 2015 for an evening of  Advent music within the context of a Lutheran Vespers worship service. The service is free and open to all. Vespers begins at @ 5:00pm Prelude @ 4:30pm: Bálint Karosi, organ BWV 62: Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland (Come now, Savior of the gentiles), Magnificat setting by Orlando di Lasso […]

Weihnachts-Gottesdienst, or Christmas Worship Service in German. December 6th

Weihnachts-Gottesdienst Sonntag 6. Dez., 4 pm, mit Konzert in der First Lutheran Church of Boston, mit einfuegen German Service Sunday December 6, 2015, 4:00PM Homily and liturgy in German by Ingo Dutzmann. Traditional German Christmas Hymns and Lutheran music selections. Reception, German Kuchen and tea served afterwards. For more information and directions contact the First Lutheran Church of Boston

Elisabeth von Trapp: “The Sounds of Christmas” Benefit Concert comes to Boston

First Lutheran is pleased to present Elisabeth von Trapp in concert at the church, Friday December 4th at 7:00PM. Granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron Von Trapp whose story inspired The Sound of Music, Elisabeth has carries on the legacy of the internationally renowned Trapp Family Singers. Singing professionally since childhood, Elisabeth has performed all over the world, enchanting audiences […]

Sermon Audio: Straighten Up and Raise Your Heads

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Celebrate Christmas 2015 with First Lutheran Church

Sunday, December 6th, 4:00PM German Advent Service (free reception to follow) Wednesday Evenings, December 2nd, 9th and 16th  7:00PM Advent Compline with Hymns by Candlelight (free soup supper 6:00 PM) Saturday, December 12th, 5:00PM, prelude at 4:30PM Advent Bach Vespers (free reception to follow) Thursday, December 24th, Christmas Eve 4:00PM Family Service: Lessons, Carols, and Children’s Pageant (free reception to follow) Thursday, December […]

Serving refugees in Leipzig: Homeless pray for the homeless

Another effort to assist refugees has been ongoing at St. Luke’s church in Leipzig where friends of First Lutheran Rev. Christopher Ahlman and Deaconess Elizabeth Ahlman serve as missionaries. We have periodically posted updates from the Ahlmans after their visit to Boston last year. This article was written by Rev. Hugo Gevers, a missionary of The Selbständige Evangelische Lutherische Kirche […]

Synod walks with German partner in ministry amid flood of refugees

“A lot of people in Germany are claiming that we are losing our base, we are losing our foundation and beliefs if we welcome [these refugees],” he said. “But I say we lose our roots and our Christian faith if we do not welcome them.” The quote from  Bishop Hans-Jörg Voigt summarizes the attitude of the many German congregations he […]

Sermon Audio: Ready or Not Here He Comes

Ready or Not Here He He Comes A Sermon preached for the last Sunday of the Church Year by Rev. David Batchelder [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Ready-Or-Not-Here-HE-Comes-Mark-12_24-37.m4a’][/thaudio]  

Gift of the Liturgy for Those with Toddlers

First Lutheran Alumna Bethany Kilcrease has authored an excellent reflection on kids (and parents) in church for the Sisters of Katie Luther blog. Want a greater appreciation for the practicality of liturgical worship? You need a baby and/or toddler — preferably one with a lot of enthusiasm for life who will divert your attention away from the divine service itself. If […]

Support for France

First Lutheran Church has the privilege of sharing neighborhoods with the French Cultural Center of Boston in the Back Bay. On November 16, the church had the privilege of sharing these words with our friends. To our neighbors at the French Cultural Center of Boston, Our congregation shares your sadness and grief over the recent terrorist attack in Paris. We mourn […]

Let the Music Play: Interim Plans in place for First Lutheran Music

November 8th was Balint Karosi’s final Sunday as First Lutheran Church’s Minister of Music. Even as we send him to New York with all good wishes and prayers, the process is ongoing to identify someone to fill our organ bench on a permanent basis. On behalf of the personnel committee, I’m pleased to let you know that First Lutheran Church’s own […]

Sermon Audio: Be on your guard, but not anxious about what to say

  Be on your guard but not anxious about what to say A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on Mark 13:1-13 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Be-On-Your-Guard-But-Not-Anxious-About-What-To-Say-Mark-13_1-13.m4a’][/thaudio]

Pray for Paris…and for America

Dear Friends of Jesus, Please Hug your loved ones, know who your neighbors are, meditate on God’s Word daily, be the voice against radical Islam, and do not be afraid! Remember, our national freedom was purchased with the price of veteran’s lives. Our eternal freedom was purchased with Jesus’ life. Do not despair; Jesus lives, and despite the burdens of the World, Jesus has overcome […]

Eritrean Worship to be held at First Lutheran December 20th

First Lutheran Church will host a special Eritrean worship at 1PM on Sunday, the 20th of December 2015 followed by a reception until 3pm. All are welcome to attend regardless of language. Native English speakers should know that some English will be heard from the native German speaking Pastor Ingo Dutzmann. For further questions, please contact the church office or Pastor. […]

Sermon Audio: Giving from the Heart and Soul

Sermon Audio: Giving from the Heart and Soul A Sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the text of Mark 12:38-44 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Giving-From-Heart-And-Soul-Mark-12_38-44.m4a’][/thaudio]

2015 State of the Synod: A note from LCMS President Matthew Harrison

Faith is a divine work in us. It changes us and makes us to be born anew of God (John 1). It kills the old Adam and makes altogether different people, in heart and spirit and mind and powers, and it brings with it the Holy Spirit. Oh, it is a living, busy, active, mighty thing, this faith. And so […]

Used Vehicle Wanted For New London Pastor.

Dear Family in Christ, We are in need of a reliable, used vehicle for one of the newest members of the NED family, Missionary Gem Gabriel, who will be leading a new mission start in New London, CT. Gem is currently using an old minivan with 200,000+ miles on it, and it’s on its way out. If you can help […]

Concert at Christ Lutheran Church Situate

From our friends at Christ Lutheran Church in Situate We wanted to invite you and the members of your congregation to a special concert we are hosting a week from Sunday, November 8 at 5pm. The musician is Tony DeBlois, who is a Christian singer with some very special talents. He is blind, and autistic with Savant Syndrome. He plays […]

Astrophysicists Suggest Realignment of Timekeeping Devices – Set Your Clocks Back!

Just a reminder from your friendly Lutheran astrophysicist (not a time travelling Johannes Kepler, though kudos to whoever wants to use that as a Halloween costume).  Aside from it being All Saints Day it is also the end of Daylight Savings Time.  So please remember to fall back an hour (for those of you like myself who don’t rely on […]

Synod youth set goal to provide half-million meals at National Youth Gathering

They have the energy, the opportunity and the mission. And they are using a new tool to raise funds so it can happen. LCMS youth are heading to the LCMS Youth Gathering again in 2016 — and this time they’re upping the ante on how many meals they’ll package for those in need. In 2013, LCMS youth packaged more than […]

Radio Reformation Resources from Issues, Etc.

As the anniversary of the Reformation approaches, please  find these resources available from radio talk show Issues, Etc. “Cross Centered Christ Focused” radio. CHALLENGES TO LUTHERANISM…You can listen to teachings on Pietism, Rationalism, Unionism, Missionalism & Postmodernism.  Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken.  You […]

Sermon Audio: For All Things are Possible with God

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September Bach Vespers Program Notes

Vespers is an ancient service, a gathering of Christians at the end of the day and dating as far back as the second century. Associated with monastic use in the Middle Ages, Vespers was retained by Martin Luther and his followers in the Reformation with one important addition: the use of hymns in the vernacular (called chorales to distinguish them […]

LCMS Disaster Response helps amid Southeastern after-flood

As a surge of after-flood waters from the recent deluge in South Carolina comes down the mountains and moves out to sea, LCMS Disaster Response is helping the LCMS Southeastern District conduct essential damage assessments. Ongoing assessments are revealing more flood damage in the aftermath of torrential rainstorms than initial reports indicated for South Carolina and other affected areas. Even […]

Leipzig Letter for November: From Christopher and Elizabeth Ahlman

However, with the Truth being as relentless as He is, He has His way in the Church. It is, after all, His Church. Victims of untold harm receive healing in God’s good time. The perpetrators’ lies bring them to the inevitable dead end, making the “back–track” of repentance the only way out. Those suffering from doubt, observing the grand “bottoming–out” […]

Sermon Audio: From the beginning of creation God made them male and female

Sermon Audio: From the beginning of creation God made them male and female: Mark 10:6 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/From-The-Beginning-Of-Creation-God-Made-Them-Male-And-Female-Mark-10_6.m4a’][/thaudio]From the B

Sermon Audio: One thing You Lack

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  Sermon Audio: The One Who Is Not Against Us Is For Us A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on Mark 9:40 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/The-One-Who-Is-Not-Against-Us-Is-For-Us-Mark-9_40.m4a’][/thaudio]

German Choir to Visit First Lutheran

We are pleased to welcome the MarienKantorei Lemgo to First Lutheran Church on Sunday, October 4th. They come to us from the old Hanseatic League city of Lemgo, in northwest Germany. This is their first cultural exchange tour to the USA, with Boston being their first stop. After singing from the balcony for the second service, they will give a […]

Sermon Audio: Who’s the Greatest?

Who’s the Greatest. A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the text of Mark 9:34. [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Who-Is-The-Greatest_-Mark-9_34.m4a’][/thaudio]

October Letter from Christopher and Elizabeth Ahlman in Leipzig

Please find the October 2015 Leipzig Letter from Christopher and Elizabeth Ahlman below.  October 2015

Dig Deeper into the Bach’s Music: Pastor Dutzmann, Balint Karosi & Paul Edmon interviewed by Boston Musical Intelligencer

First Lutheran’s Minister of Music Balint Karosi, along with Pastor Ingo Dutzmann and parishoner Paul Edmon spoke to the Boston Musical Intelligencer about the upcoming Bach Vespers series. Joyce Painter Rice introduces the series. As the semi-millennial observances of the Protestant Reformation approach, Boston’s First Lutheran Church has announced a series of “Bach” Vespers services beginning next Saturday evening; these will […]

Sermon Audio: It’s not what you eat after all

Sermon Audio: It’s Not What You Eat After all A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on Mark 7:14-23 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Its-Not-What-You-Eat-After-All-Mark-7_14-23.m4a’][/thaudio]

Welcome Students! New activities and opportunities at First Lutheran.

As the fall begins, we are delighted to welcome both new and returning students, as well as new young professionals joining us in the Boston area.  The Boston Campus Connections group serves to connect and support young adults in Biblical community through First Lutheran Church.  During the year we host lunches and Bible studies after Sunday services, as well as […]

Sermon Audio: I am the Living Bread

I Am the Living Bread: A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on John 6:51 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/I-Am-The-Living-Bread-John-6_51.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: Come by Yourselves and Rest Awhile

Sermon Audio: Come by Yourselves and Rest Awhile A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the text of mark 6:31 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Come-By-Yourselves-And-Rest-Awhile-Mark-631.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: I Am the Bread of Life

Sermon Audio: I am the Bread of Life A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/I-Am-The-Bread-Of-Life-John-6_35.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: John lost his head….don’t lose yours

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Early July Announcements

    ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 12, 2015   Courtyard Fellowship—Every Sunday now through Labor Day! The themes are in for our after-services fellowship in the courtyard! So, check out the weekly suggestion, dust off those Lutheran cookbooks or log-on to your favorite foodie website and whip something up. No time to cook or can’t think of a […]

Semon Audio: Widen Your Hearts

  Sermon Audio: “Widen Your Hearts” A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the text of 2nd Corinthians 6:13 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Widen-Your-Hearts-2-Corinthians-6_13.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: What on Earth Was Jesus Talking About?

  What on Earth Was Jesus Talking About? A Sermon for the third Sunday after Pentecost preached by Dr. David Cowan on the text of Mark 4:26-34 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/What-On-Earth-Was-Jesus-Saying_-Mark-4_26-34.m4a’][/thaudio]

Benefit Concert for the Dutzmann Family and Boston Early Music Festival Happenings

Every two years, FLC plays host to concerts related to the Boston Early Music Festival’s Biennial Festival and Exhibition. BEMF is the largest and most respected early music early music festival in the world, its “weeklong extravaganza of early music” (The Boston Herald) includes a fully staged Baroque opera masterpiece, concerts by the world’s leading soloists and ensembles, nearly one […]

Update from Pastor Dutzmann on Ted Aaberg:

  Update from Pastor Dutzmann on Ted Aaberg: Ted sent me a text this morning, asking me to call, which I did. A nurse picked up and asked me to wait a moment while they were getting Ted ready to speak with me. When he came on, he asked for “the Gospel to be shared.” I told him of the […]

The Bible and Cities – and Other Upcoming Sunday Adult Bible Studies

Inspired by the June Vacation Bible School topic of “Jesus With Us in the Busy City,” the Sunday Adult Bible class (9:30-10:30am) will study what the Bible has to say about cities and what it means for First Lutheran, a church in the heart of a busy city.  From Sodom and Gomorrah, to Babylon, to Jerusalem and finally to Zion, […]

Jesus is with us in the Busy City: Vacation Bible School 2015

  Come to Vacation Bible School in June: Jesus With Us in the Busy City! Who: Children ages 2 years w/parent, 3-12 years without What: Bible Stories, Songs, Crafts, Games, Snacks in a Fun and Relaxed Setting Why: To share the Good News of Eternal Salvation through Jesus Christ with Children! When: 4 Sunday mornings in June (7, 14, 21, […]

Sermon Audio: Pentecost

Sermon Audio: Pentecost A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/New-Recording.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: It is not for you to know the times or the seasons

It is not for you to know the times or the seasons… A Sermon for the last Sunday in Easter and the Feast of the Ascension preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/It-Is-Not-For-You-To-Know-The-Times-Or-The-Seasons-But-Will-Receive-Power.-Acts-1_7-8.m4a’]

Pack the Pantry 5k at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

Get this! A 5K Run for a Good Cause that Won’t Make You Late for Church! The fact that it’s not on a Sunday, or in Boston, helps. St. Luke’s 5th Annual “Pack the Pantry 5K” will be held on Saturday, June 6, at 8:30 AM. Runners and walkers are welcome. The race will begin and end at St. Luke’s Lutheran […]

Boston Globe and Musical Intelligencer articles on Antico Moderno

Two recent articles highlight the work of Antico Moderno. Find out more below or come to the concert Friday May 15th at 7:30PM at First Lutheran Church of Boston “Instead of playing old repertoire,” Wood put it, “wouldn’t it be cool if we could combine these two worlds, which seem so similar, and see what we could do?” That insight […]

Sermon Audio: A Tale of Two Trees

A Tale of Two Trees A Sermon preached by Pastor Daniel Schmelzer for the 5th Sunday of Easter on the text of Jeremiah 17:5-8 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/A-Tale-Of-Two-Trees-Jer_17-5-8.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: Being Christ to One Another

Being Christ to One Another A sermon for the 4th Sunday of Easter preached by Rev. Dr. David Cowan on the text of John 15 5-7 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Being-Christ-To-One-Another-John-15_5-7.m4a’][/thaudio]

New Antico Moderno Concert explores “Divisions”

Many developments in music are forward-looking, with composers searching for unique techniques that will help them stand out. Yet other times composers will turn to the distant past for inspiration, taking instruments or forms from bygone eras and giving them new voice in the present. Whether creating modern music for the harpsichord or lute, or providing fresh facelifts for centuries-old […]

Thank You from Pastor Dutzmann

Yes, the 30 foot dumpster is filled to the brim and we’ll probably be able to fill a second one. Unfortunately none of the real precious items located yet, but God is good all the time! Those present (some of whom are pictured) included; Charlie MacPherson of Scituate who left earlier, and New England District Deaconess, Tiffany Manor, who arrived […]

Sermon Audio: The Good Shepherd Lays Down His Life for the Sheep

The Good Shepherd Lays Down His Life for the Sheep   a sermon for the 4th Sunday in Easter preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the text of John 10:11.   [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/The-Good-Shepherd-Lays-Down-His-Life-For-The-Sheep.-John-10_11.m4a’][/thaudio]  

The defense of marriage and the right of religious freedom

Easter Peace all,   As we rejoice in the blessings of Good Shepherd Sunday, please take a moment to read the attached letter from LCMS President Matthew Harrison regarding the centrality of Biblical Marriage. The letter speaks of the centrality of the institution of marriage of one man and one woman and affirms that this truth is worth defending. Open-Letter-on-Marriage-and-Religious-Freedom-April-2015 […]

Sermon Audio: Everything Written About Me Must Be Fulfilled

Everything Written About Me Must Be Fulfilled A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on Luke 24-44 for the second sunday in Easter [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Everything-Written-About-Me-Must-Be-Fulfilled-Luke-24_44.m4a’][/thaudio]

Comfort Dogs at First Lutheran Church for Marathon weekend

      All are invited to meet the Comfort Dogs from Lutheran Church Charities. The Comfort Dogs have been a fixture at First Lutheran the last two years and gained a special place in the church’s, city’s and nation’s attention after their presence after the 2013 bombings. Saturday, April 18th – Comfort dogs at be at First Lutheran Church periodically […]

Activities for the weekend of April 17th: A Marathon schedule

The brick and mortar we call FLC has quite a schedule this weekend. Music will fill the church beginning with a Schola Cantorum concert Friday evening. That’s followed on Saturday by an all day use-of-church by the Boston Classical Guitar Society from 9 a.m.‎ until 10 p.m. Please note that the group uses almost every corner of the church for […]

Marathon Weekend Access and Parking Logistics

Here is a detailed list of street closings and schedules associated with the Boston Marathon throughout the weekend.     The good news is that the 5K run is scheduled for early Saturday morning beginning at 8 a.m. (not Sunday!). In the event you’ll be coming into town for Pastor’s Class or the Comfort Dog visit, the 5k will use Commonwealth […]

Music In the Lutheran Tradition

Music in Lutheran Worship by Balint Karosi In sharp contrast to radical reformers such as Calvin and particularly Zwingli, Martin Luther regarded music as essential to evangelical worship. He wrote, “next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” Luther was a singer, accomplished performer on the lute, and composed some […]

Welcome Boston Marathon Runners

Welcome to the Marathon’Hub’ of the modern world – Boston; in the Wonderful Name of our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  Your presence at Sunday Worship with us this year on April 19th at either the 8AM or 11AM services would be such a blessing to us as we were one of the closest churches to the ‘bombing’ 2013 as well as the hosts of the “Comfort Dogs” and […]

Sermon Audio: “Do not doubt, only believe”

“Do not doubt, only believe”  A sermon for the first Sunday in Easter preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Thomas.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: Whom Are You Seeking?

Whom Are You Seeking?  A Sermon for Easter Sunday preached by Rev. Dr. David Cowan [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Whom-Are-You-Seeking-John-20-.m4a’][/thaudio]Sewmon A

Holy Week and Easter Worship at First Lutheran

Holy Week Worship Opportunities   April 2nd 7PM Maunday Thursday April 3rd 12PM and 7PM Good Friday April 4th 7PM Holy Saturday Easter Vigil April 5th 8AM & 11 AM Easter Sunday

Sermon Audio: God Be Praised

Sermon Audio: “God Be Praised” A Palm Sunday Sermon preached by Rev. Dr. David Cowan on the text of John 12:20-43 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/God-Be-Praised-John-12-20-43.m4a’][/thaudio]

“Praying for Peace of Mind”: Pastor Dutzmann on Germanwings tragedy

Pastor Ingo Dutzmann was interviewed by the Boston Herald as one of several Bostonians with strong German ties. Local German natives an ocean away are grieving for the school that lost 16 students and for the city of Duesseldorf that never saw Flight 9525 return home with its 150 passengers.“It’s awful,” said the Rev. Ingo Dutzmann, senior pastor at the […]

Mid Lent update from Pastor James & Peggy Krikava

Dear Supporters,Below is a link to our latest newsletter as Peggy and I prepare for our up-coming deployment.  Newsletter 7 Mid-Lent 2015 (1) Wishing you a blessed remainder of the holy season of Lent and a rich Holy Week in anticipation of the celebration of our Lord’s resurrection on Easter. Yours in Christ, Rev. James and Peggy Krikava

Update from the Ahlman Family in Leipzig

Ahlman_September_2014 Dear friends, I hope that this email finds you doing well. Please find below a link to our April 2015 Leipzig Letter. April 2015 (2) Many blessings in Christ Jesus, Chris Ahlman  

A Note from Pastor Dutzmann: Annunciation Day at 24 Laneway

Annunciation Day Blessings in Christ!  These photos were taken earlier today. My family and I thank you for your many thoughts prayers, cards and kindnesses as we look to bringing order out of our temporary chaos! We love you and wish you a wonderful week in the Lord. Blessings, Pastor, Daria and Family

Sermon Audio: Jesus: “Why have you forsaken me?”

“Why have you forsaken me?” A midweek Lenten sermon preached by Pastor Jeremy Pekari on the text of Mark 15: 22-37 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Jesus-Why-Have-You-Forsaken-Me-Mark-1522-37.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: “Called to Serve”

“Called to Serve” a sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent preached by Rev. Carlos Hernandez on Mark 10: 32-45 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Called-To-Serve-10_32-45.m4a’][/thaudio]

Special Collection for Ruth House March 22

On Sunday, March 22, First Lutheran Church is highlighting a special need in our community – the teen moms and their children who live at The Ruth House in Brockton, MA.  Ruth House is a program of Ascentria Care Alliance (formerly Lutheran Social Services of New England) that provides homes education, and life training for teen moms and their children, […]

Sermon Audio: “It’s a God Thing”

A sermon preached by President Timothy Yeadon on the text of John 3:16 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Its-A-God-Thing-John-3_16.m4a’][/thaudio]

You can help make Bach Birthday better! Volunteer opportunities here.

First Lutheran Church of Boston, in partnership with the AGO Boston and WCRB Classical New England, will be hosting the 7th annual Boston Bach Birthday on March 21.  This includes hourly programs of Bach’s music for strings, organ, singers and orchestra from 9:00am-6:30pm.  There will also be lunch for purchase. Your involvement, big or small, as a volunteer is greatly […]

Update on March/April Worship at FLC

Plans for upcoming worship services (including Holy Week and Easter) have been adjusted as a result of Pastor Dutzmann’s unexpected absence from First Lutheran (due to the loss he and his family suffered this week). All services remain as scheduled. Guest pastors will lead worship and preach as follows: Sunday, March 15: Rev. Timothy Yeadon (President, New England District, LCMS) Wednesday, March 18: Rev. Jeremy Pekari Sunday, March 22: Rev. Carlos Hernandez Wednesday, […]

Update: Dutzmann Family Assistance, Spiritual Care and Worship

Update (Saturday, March 14) on Pastor and his family: I’m writing to let you know that we spoke with Pastor on several occasions this week. He wants you all to know that he and his family appreciate the calls and emails of support, your prayers, and offers of other assistance. In particular, please keep your prayers coming as it will be a long […]

Update on the Dutzmann Family and Information on Assistance

We are encouraged, but truthfully not surprised by the outpouring of concern, sympathy and desire to help the Dutzmann family in light of the tragic loss of their home to fire.  We know that there is a great wish to help them in their time of need. We’ve asked those who inquired to allow us to review the situation so […]

Community Easter Egg Hunt on March 29th

This year’s Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Palm Sunday, March 29th, between the church services, from 10:00 – 10:30. We’ll gather for Sunday school at 9:30 before hopping off to find eggs. Weather permitting, the egg-hunting will happen outdoors. So come prepared with boots, Easter baskets, Easter bonnets, and any other gear that will make hunting for eggs in mud […]

Sermon Audio: “And he began to weep”

  Words from the Cross: Peter “And he began to weep”  A Lenten sermon preached by Pastor Jeremy Pekari on the text of Mark 14: 66-72. [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Peter-_and-He-Began-To-Weep_-Mark-14-66-72.m4a’][/thaudio] First Lutheran Church extends a special thanks to Pastor Pekari for delivering this sermon on short notice in the hours after Pastor Ingo Dutzmann and family lost their house in a fire. […]

Afternoon Update About Pastor’s House Fire

Calls and prayers for Pastor and his family have been arriving at church all Wednesday.  Thank you for your concern and offers of support, including housing, clothing and financial aid. We have yet to be in touch with him since early this morning, but trust that he is being well taken care of during these initial stages by the American […]

All are Safe in Dutzmann household after early morning house fire

  As we begin our day, please add Pastor Dutzmann and his family to your prayers.   Early this morning, following what is believed to be a gas explosion, Pastor’s Taunton home and all belongings were destroyed in the resulting fire.  Pastor, Daria, their son Alexander and his wife Amy, and their grandson, Tristan, are all safe and unharmed, but […]

Peep the Piper invites kids of all ages to a musical tour!

A multi-media demonstration of the pipe organ developed by Swiss organist Guy Bovet and presented for children of all ages by Jonathan Wessler and John Robinson. After the presentation, children are invited for a brief hands-on investigation of the mechanical-action organ at First Lutheran Church. Below are some images of Peep’s travels throughout the history of music.   Download a flyer here   Bach-Birthday-2015 […]

Sermon Audio: The Ten Commandments: Simple but Impossible

A Sermon preached for the Third Sunday of Lent by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/The-10-Commandments-Simple-But-Impossible.m4a’][/thaudio]

Announcements for the Week of March 8, 2015

Today   College and Grad Student, Young Professional Lunch/Devotion, 12:30pm: Today’s focus will be on the meaning of Lent; taking something on and giving something up as a Gospel sacrifice. Lunch will be provided.   Of Note   Taking Stock during Lent (chicken stock, beef stock—any soup base will do…): Mid-week Lenten services are scheduled every Wednesday evening at 7 […]

A Message from Pastor Dutzmann: Remember to ‘Spring Forward’ this Saturday Night!

Warm, but snowy, Lenten Greetings in Christ Jesus, Yes, I do go to great lengths to promote the beauty and benefits of God’s gift of white flakes, but, this picture, out of my front door this morning is meant as a reminder for you to SPRING FORWARD one hour THIS SUNDAY, March 8th, as Daylight Savings begins. May I also […]

Items Needed for Little Blessings Daycare & Preschool

Little Blessings Daycare and Preschool at Trinity Lutheran Church in West Roxbury could use your help! They are looking for a double stroller and two office desks. If you have any of these items that you would be able to donate, please contact Maria at Little Blessings!   Thank you,   Little Blessings Daycare and Preschool 1195 Centre St., West […]

Sermon Audio: Caiaphas; “Are you the Christ?”

Caiaphas; “Are You the Christ?”  A midweek lenten sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the text of Mark 14:53-65 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Caiaphas.m4a’][/thaudio]

Lenten Devotions Available

Lutheran Hour Ministries is offering online devotions for Lent from the series, “The Light Shines through the Darkness,” by Rev. Wayne Palmer. Go to www.lhm.org, look for the box mid-page on the right titled, “Today’s Daily Devotion.” Once you’re on that page, you may “subscribe” by following the link, “Daily Devotion Options.” In addition, Anya Burkart found a devotional study that includes a daily confession, […]

Announcements for the Week of March 1, 2015

Announcements for the Week of March 1, 2015   Today   College and Grad Student, Young Professional Lunch/Devotion, 12:30pm: After the recent New England District Campus Ministry workshop, the possibility of expanding LCMS campus ministry efforts in Boston is very much on the Synod’s radar screen. As follow-up from that meeting, Brian Harms is facilitating a congregational self-study and planning […]

Sermon Audio: Who do you say that I am?

Who do you say that I am?  A sermon for the second sunday in Lent preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Who-Do-You-Say-That-I-Am_.m4a’][/thaudio]

Canto Armonico concert focuses on the work of composer Hugo Distler

Opening the program are selections from Hugo Distler’s influentialMörike-Chorliederbuch, premiered to great acclaim in Graz in 1939 yet unfamiliar to many here in the USA. Eduard Mörike (1804-1875) was a Lutheran pastor, professor of German literature, and highly regarded writer; Distler uses 39 of his lyrics for the songbook, broken into sections for full chorus, women’s chorus, and men’s chorus. […]

Hear Canto Armonico Sunday on WGBH during the Bach Hour!

Our Hungaroton CD, a collaboration of Canto Armonico and First Lutheran Church organist Bálint Karosi, gets a spot on radio station WCRB this coming Sunday! “BALINT KAROSI AND THE CLAVIERÜBUNG III” is the title of this Sunday morning’s “The Bach Hour” on WGBH affiliate WCRB. The show airs on March 1 at 6 a.m. For those of us who aren’t […]

Leipzig Letter – March Edition from Christopher and Elizabeth Ahlman

Although life with God entirely depends upon things “outside of us” (“extra nos” in Latin)—specifically, the person and saving work of Christ Jesus in His suffering and death on our behalf, don’t think for one second that this means that one must look at the things of God “from the outside in.” read more of the work the Ahlmans are […]

Lutheran Federal Credit Union News

Peace. This is a very big deal as we’re positioned to quickly become one of the largest credit unions in the country…and it’s guided by a Christian worldview! Thanks and blessings, Pastor After almost three years of work and collaboration with partnering agencies and individuals. LCEF is pleased to announce the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has granted a charter […]

Sermon Audio: God is not the problem; You are.

  God is not the problem; You are.  A sermon for the First Sunday in Lent preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on James 1:12-18 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/God-Is-Not-The-Problem-You-Are-James-1_12-18.m4a’][/thaudio]

Weekly Announcements: 7 things You Should Know for February 21st

1. Parking Lot 2. Office/Courtyard Roof 3. Lenten Devotions/Sunday Ride for Anya Burkart 4. Mid-Week Lenten Soup Supper 5. Acolyte Training 0n 3/1 6. Confirmation Canceled for 2/22 7. Boston Light of the World Dinner on 2/28 Dear Members and Friends, Some (actually, most) of these items missed tomorrow’s bulletin. And, given the “what ifs” of the weather forecast, I thought the following […]

Ash Wednesday Sermon Audio: Rend your hearts and not your garments

Rend your hearts and not your garments An Ash Wednesday sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on Joel 2:13 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/New-Recordings-end-Your-Hearts.m4a’][/thaudio]

Boston Bach Birthday 330 quickly approaching – March 21

  BOSTON BACH BIRTHDAY 330 Presented for the 7th year by the First Lutheran Church of Boston and the Boston American Guild of Organists with thanks to WCRB Classical Music/99.5 Saturday March 21, 2015 9AM-6:30PM First Lutheran Church of Boston 299 Berkeley St at Marlborough Celebrating the music of Johann Sebastian Bach   more information forthcoming on performances and times. […]

Update from President Harrison of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

Dear All, Shrove Tuesday Joy in Jesus! I thought the attached worthy of our recognition and prayers. First Lutheran Church of Boston continues to play an important role in the financial and spiritual life of the LCMS through our sacrifices of time, talent and treasure. On the Eve of Ash Wednesday, it is most appropriate for us to be reminded […]

Lent Worship Opportunities

First Lutheran invites all to join in Lenten Evening Prayer services on the following dates; All services begin at 7PM. Lenten Evening Prayer Feb 18 Ash Wednesday Feb 5th Lent 1 March 4th Lent 2 March 11th Lent 3 March 18th Lent 4 March 25th Lent 5 Holy Week March 29th Palm Sunday April 3rd Good Friday April 4th Holy Saturday April 5th Easter Sunday  

First Lutheran Church is open for Worship this Sunday, Feb 15th

Worship at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. is on, as scheduled, with the willing hands and voices who are able to safely (emphasis added) navigate their way to church. Pastor noted yesterday in a note on this subject that the Good Lord looks to the inward heart more than the outward act. Please know there is no expectation for your attendance at worship as your safety […]

Lübeck Organist Arvid Gast joins Bach Birthday Lineup as Special Guest

For the Boston Bach Birthday, we have a distinguished guest: organist and professor Arvid Gast, from Lübeck, Germany. He is making his first visit to the USA, and it is fitting that he start in Boston because he is well known to two members of the congregation, Balint Karosi and Cheryl Ryder. In 2008 he was a member of the […]

Sermon Audio: So run that you may obtain the prize

So run that you may obtain the prize An Epiphany Sermon preached by Pastor James Krikava [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/So-Run-That-You-May-Obtain-The-Prize.m4a’][/thaudio]  

March for Life Update

Peace all, The below is appropriate to share as it speaks to the astonishing national acquiescence regarding this blight on our nation’s character. I thank God that our church body was on the DC Mall in force, and  that it will continue to do so every January until this modern holocaust is ended. We freed the inmates at Auschwitz 70 years […]

Sermon Audio: And they were surprised by his authority

An Epiphany Sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on Mark 1:21-28   [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/20150201-082817.m4a’][/thaudio]

Minister of Music Balint Karosi’s ‘Extistentia” premiers to critical acclaim

Two reviews, excerpted below, cover the world premier of Balint Karosi’s ‘Exestentia”. FROM BMOP, NEW MUSIC WITH A HUNGARIAN ACCENT By Jeremy EichlerGlobe Staff  January 26, 2015 Hungarian music, Liszt once wrote, “is divided naturally into melody destined for song or melody for the dance.” Saturday’s ambitious “Magyar Madness” program, presented by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, had representatives of […]

March for Life Updates Here

Dear Friend of the Family, Since the passing of Roe v. Wade in 1973, tragically 57,000,000 babies have been aborted in the United States. In response, tens of thousands of Americans from across the country will descend on the Capitol Thursday for the Annual March for Life. MFI’s Director of Communications, Lena Wakim, will provide live updates, including pictures and […]

Semon Audio: Come, Follow Me.

Come, Follow Me.  An Epiphany sermon preached by pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the text of Mark 1:17 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Come-Follow-Me.-Mark-1_17.m4a’][/thaudio]

New England Campus Ministry Workshop in Connecticut, Feb 7th

Dear all, This is my humble plea for students; young professionals and leaders to join me at this campus ministry event described in more detail below.  I’m happy to be the contact person and ride-coordinator. If we have a large enough group going I’ll rent a van. Peace, Pastor Ingo Dutzmann __________ Hello!  We are delighted to announce that registration […]

News for the Week of January 19th, 2015

This Week   Lutheran Essentials: Wednesday, January 21: We’re discussing “The Spirituality of the Cross,” written by Gene Edward Veith, Jr., that explores the author’s journey to becoming a Lutheran. With our holiday break behind us, we’ll dive back in at 7pm on the 14th! The book, as well as the Book of Concord, are provided free of charge. If […]

Campus and Young Professional Study on ‘Just War’

On Jan. 25 and Feb. 8, we will explore the Christian doctrine of a “just war”: the idea that war, while always terrible, is not always the worst option.  Christian thinkers from the time of Augustine have wrestled with this challenging question.  In the study, we’ll cover the basic concepts of just war theory, look at its intersection with the […]

Ezra Bible Study Underway on Sunday Mornings

Ezra Bible Study Every Sunday during January and February, the adult Bible Study will be on the 15th book of the Old Testament — Ezra. Set during the time of Persian world domination, this study focuses on one of the last historical books of the Old Testament, bringing together the ancient cultures and God’s hand in them. While the study builds […]

Sermon Audio: Jesus Was Baptized By John

Jesus was Baptized by John  A Sermon for the First Sunday of Epiphany preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on Mark 1:9 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Jesus-Was-Baptized-By-John-Mark-1_9.m4a’][/thaudio]

Thank You Christmas Pageant Participants!

    I’m re-enjoying the pictures, thanks so much. The children did such a great job this year…kudos to Carol, Polly and the teachers! Epiphany peace, Pastor Ingo Dutzmann

Science and Creation: A talk given by Dr. Paul Edmon

Dr. Paul Edmon, a member of FLC who is currently working at Harvard University explains his view of science and the Bible and how he reconciles his vocation as a scientist and his belief in God, the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. This presentation was given at Messiah Lutheran Church in Seattle, WA. The views expressed by Dr. Edmon are […]

Sermon Audio: Young Jesus Goes to Work for Us

Sermon Audio: Young Jesus Goes to Work for Us A Sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the text of Luke 2 40-52 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Young-Jesus-Goes-To-Work-For-Us-Luke-2_40-52.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/4pm-Christmas-Eve.m4a’][/thaudio]

Saengerchor Boston Christmas Concert at First Lutheran January 4th

Please join Saengerchor Boston for a concert celebrating the joys of Christmas and the 175th year of the founding of the First Lutheran Church of Boston on January 4, 2015. The Saengerchor is a mixed chorus dedicated to the singing of familiar German folk songs and Christmas carols.  The concert begins at 3:00PM and will be followed by tea, coffee and refreshments.  We look […]

Weekly News – Special New Year Edition

The New Year begins much like the old one ended…with a busy schedule of worship and events at First Lutheran! As we greet 2015, please keep these in mind: Sunday, January 4: A German Christmas Concert by Saengerchor Boston begins at 3 p.m. Celebrate Christmas one more time before Epiphany, “auf Deutsch.” Pastor Dutzmann will participate by giving the invocation, […]

January 2015 Leipzig Letter from Christopher and Elizabeth Alhman in Germany

Dear Friends – I hope that this email finds you doing well, near the fringe of the Time honoring our Lord’s incarnation. Please find attached to this email my January 2015 Leipzig Letter. As ever, if you have difficulty access the Letter, simply let me know. January 2015 As a special treat, please consult the two following links of special […]

Merry Christmas from Rev. James and Peggy Krikava. News from Europe.

Dear Christian Friends, As you celebrate the solemnities and festivities surrounding your commemoration of the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ, our Lord, please accept our Christmas wishes to you and yours. Attached is our Christmas Newsletter. Newsletter 5 Merry Christmas 2014 It includes many wonderful things that the Lord is doing through His Church in the Eurasia Region of […]

Sermon Audio: Your Throne Will Be Established Forever

Sermon Audio: Your Throne will be established forever A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann for the Fourth Sunday of Advent on the text of 2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16    

Sermon Audio: The Birth of John the Baptist

Sermon Audio: The Birth of John the Baptist An Advent sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the text of Luke 1:57-80 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/The-Birth-Of-John-The-Baptist-Luke-1_57-80.m4a’][/thaudio]

Carols from the First Lutheran courtyard fill the Back Bay! Photos Here.

  The sun was shining, the cocoa was flowing, and carols filled the air. It was such a joy to gather with our church family and neighbors to sing of the anticipation and joy of the Christmas season. We handed out hundreds of cookies, cups of cocoa, and invitations to join our Christmas services to passers-by. We even got to […]

Christmas Vespers with Canto Armonico December 21st

Christmas Vespers with Canto Armonico and Balint Karosi, organ Sunday, December 21st at 5:00 PM First Lutheran Church 299 Berkeley Street, Boston Magnificat Quinti Toni of Hieronymus Praetorius and music of Schütz, Handl, Rheinberger and Sheppard Freewill Offering contact and directions here  

Sermon Audio: He has clothed me with salvation

He Has Clothed me with Salvation: A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the 3rd sunday of Advent on the text of Isaiah 61:10 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/He-Has-Clothed-Me-With-Salvation-Is-61_10.m4a’][/thaudio]

Lutheran Malaria Initiative: Finishing Strong

The LCMS, in partnership with Lutheran World Relief and with the support of the United Nations Foundation, began engaging districts, congregations and schools in the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) in fall 2011. Together as a Synod since then, we raised more than $7 million in the global fight against malaria through LMI. More information is available below LMI_2014_Reporter_Insert_web  

Pastors visit Ferguson to bring peace, offer solutions: Story from LCMS Reporter

The following article is excerpted from the LCMS reporter and includes mention of First Lutheran former member Christopher Chandler, who is now a Seminary student in St. Louis and serving a congregation not far from Ferguson, MO.  FERGUSON, Mo. — It was a little tense when the Lutheran pastors arrived here on Tuesday, Nov. 25 — the day after the […]

Late-breaking opportunity for fellowship: Christmas decorating!

This Saturday, December 13, beginning at 10 a.m.!   Lisa Stiller has volunteered to coordinate this year’s Christmas decorating.  The Christmas trees and poinsettias will be delivered on Friday, ready to grace FLC’s altar, narthex and undercroft.  All we need are a few good men, women and children to help get things into shape before Sunday’s Advent service.   You may contact Lisa directly by […]

Weekly Announcements December 7th – December 14th

WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK of DECEMBER 7, 2014   Advent Services Mark your calendars for our mid-week Advent Services on Wednesdays, December 10th and 17th at 7pm.  Join us before the services for a soup supper, beginning at 6pm. To volunteer to bring your specialty, contact John Lindemann at the church office or sign up on the Soup Supper […]

Sermon Audio: Prepare the Way for Jesus

Prepare the Way for Jesus A Sermon preached on December 7th, 2014 by Pastor Ingo Dutmann on the text of Mark 1:3 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Prepare-The-Way-For-Jesus-Mark-1_3.m4a’][/thaudio]  

Antico Moderno Concert Friday December 5th

We’re proud to announce the formation of a new group, putting an “old” twist on a “new” idea!   Antico Moderno is a collective of musicians who are dedicated to expanding the repertoire of music written for period instruments, right up until the present day. We challenge twentieth-century composers to come to terms with the rich rhetorical sensibilities of the […]

Sermon Audio: Why are you doing this?

Sermon Audio: Why are you doing this?  A Sermon preached by Rev. Dr. David Cowan for the first Sunday in Advent on the text of Mark 11:1-10 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Why-Are-You-Doing-This_-Mark-11_1-10.m4a’][/thaudio]  

Weekly Announcements – Week of November 30, 2014

ANNOUCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK of NOVEMBER 30, 2014   Advent Begins November 30th! With the celebration of Thanksgiving and the frenetic consumerism of Black Friday in our rearview mirror, we have a long list of our own traditions to help us focus on the road ahead, preparing us to celebrate Christ’s birth, including: Poinsettias on the Altar:  The deadline for […]

Christmas Pageant Notes for Families

Christmas Pageant notes for Sunday school families: Rehearsals for the Christmas pageant are held during Sunday school in December. Let your child’s Sunday school teacher know whether or not he or she will participate in the Christmas Eve pageant. All children are involved in the rehearsals, including those who are not able to attend the Christmas Eve service. Costumes will […]

Sermon Audio: Faith alone saves but faith is never alone

  A Sermon preached by Pastor David Cowan for the last Sunday in the Church Year [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Nov-23-sermon.m4a’][/thaudio]

Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service

      A Reminder that First Lutheran Church of Boston invites all to participate in a Thanksgiving Even Worship service:   Wednesday, November 26:   7PM Contact and Directions  

Calendar for the week of November 24-November 30

This Week’s Calendar Monday, November 24:                    7 pm – Choir   Tuesday, November 25:                   3 pm – Staff Meeting Wednesday, November 26:             7pm – Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service Thursday, November 27:                  Thanksgiving Day   Sunday, November 30:                      12:30pm – Campus Connections   The church office is typically staffed Monday through Friday, from approximately 10am to 5:30pm. If you have reason […]

While we’re planning ahead…2015 Voter’s Meeting Date Announced

The next FLC Voters’ Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 18, 2015, following the 11am service.  We look forward to having voters, those who want to be voters, and members of the congregation join together to review and make decisions about the business of the church

Gisele Pinheiro doing well after transplant

Dear Friends in Christ – I had the pleasure of visiting with Gisele Pinheiro, just 18 daysafter her liver transplant.  Attached is a picture of Gisele, Almir andher father, Antonio.All I can say is that her recovery is nothing short of a miracle…PraiseGod! Pastor Ingo Dutzmann

Sermon Audio: How’s Your Talent Doing?

Sermon Audio: How’s Your Talent Doing? A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann for the 2nd to last Sunday of the Church year on Matthew 25: 14-30 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Hows-Your-Talent-Doing-Matt-2514-30.m4a’][/thaudio]

Harpsichord, recorder and baroque flute concert with Karosi and Dégrugillier

Balint Karosi with Héloise Dégrugillier Harpsichord, recorder and baroque flute concert — Music of Arcangelo Corelli, J.S. Bach and Georg Philip Telemann   Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.                             Loring-Greenough House                                 12 South Street Jamaica Plain MA 02130Donation: $!5 ($10 students, seniors, JPTC members) Includes afternoon tea […]

Sermon Audio November 9

November 9 Sermon [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Sermon-11-9.m4a’][/thaudio]

Advent, Christmas and Ephiphany Worship Events Schedule

Advent Begins When? Sunday, November 30! As the secular world bombards us with ads and circulars of Christmas yet to come, we have a long list of our own traditions to prepare us to celebrate Christ’s birth, the holy in this holiday, including:   Poinsettias on the Altar:  The deadline for ordering poinsettias is Monday, December 8th. A sign-up sheet […]

End of the (Church) Year Opportunities Abound in November

End of the Year Joy in Jesus! Please be aware that this Sunday, November 9th, will include a new member reception, as well as a sermonic stewardship emphasis in anticipation of Stewardship Sunday and the Harvest Festival on November 16th. The Text for the Sermon will be Jesus telling the parable of the wise and foolish virgins in Matthew 25.1-13. My theme will be […]

Pastor James Keurualainen (1947-2014)

A message from District President, Pastor Timothy Yeadon: Dear Brothers and Sisters I write to you at approximately 2:50 pm on Wednesday October 29.  I preface my words by telling you that this message is one of the hardest ones I have ever had to write.  You received an earlier email from me asking for your prayers for our brother, […]

Short Term Housing Needed for a Student

Hello, my name is Andrew Temme. I am a PhD student in electrical engineering at Michigan State University. Since the beginning of the year I have been collaborating with a professor at MIT Media Lab. I visited in June for three weeks and attended First Lutheran Church while in town. I will be returning to Boston for more work this Fall. […]

Reformation Sermon: “The Truth Will Set You Free”

The Truth Shall Set You Free A Sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the Feast of the Reformation. The text is John 8:36 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Justified-By-His-Grace-As-A-Gift-Rom-324.m4a’][/thaudio]

Reformation Music Online: Handel’s ‘The Lord is My Light’, performed by First Lutheran Church

Enjoy some excellent, seldom heard and uplifting music appropriate for the Feast of the Reformation G. F. Handel: The Lord Is My Light HWV 255 Part I, II and III Performed on October 26, 2014, by the Choir and Orchestra of the First Lutheran Church of Boston. Abby Karr, Nina Bishop Nunn, baroque violins, Joyce Alper, baroque oboe, Cora Swenson, […]

Little Blessings Daycare and Preschool Yard Sale Oct 25

LITTLEBLESSINGS DAYCARE AND PRESCHOOL 1195 CENTRE STREET WEST ROXBURY, MA 02132 (LOOK FOR THE TRINITY LUTHEREN CHURCH) SATURDAY OCTOBER 25, 2014 FROM 10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM PLEASE COME OUT AND SUPPORT US!

Walking with our African partners to fight Ebola

Oct. 7, 2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. As Ebola continues its deadly sweep across West Africa — the death toll rising to some 3,500 at this writing — the people of the LCMS continue to respond with prayer and support for our relief efforts. […]

A Note from the Krikava Family, Missionaries in Eurasia

Here’s a note from Rev James and Peggy Krikava serving as missionaries in Eurasia. They are also parents of Joe Krikava, current member at First Lutheran. For additional information on the Krikava family, please see the prayer card  below and a link to the LC-MS article on the installation. Prayer Card Krikava   In that day that the Lord shall set […]

Sermon Audio: Do Not Be Anxious

Do Not Be Anxious: A Sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the tex of Phillippians 4:4-13 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Sermon-October-12.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: Forget the Past and Move On

Forget the Past and Move On A Sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on Philippians 3:4b-14 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Sermon-Oct-5..m4a’][/thaudio]

News from the Ahlmans serving the Lord in Germany: October Updates

Ehre Gott mit deinen Opfern gern und reichlich, und gib deine Erstlingsgaben, ohne zu geizen (Lutherbibel 1984). Gladly and generously honor God with your sacrificial offering, and give your gifts of first-fruits without being stingy (personal translation). —Sir. 35,10 With Jesus, and thus with God, glory is found in shame. Possession is found in nonpossession. Life is found in death. […]

Local Liberians helping the fight against Ebola. You can help too.

My name is Randell Dauda… I am a Liberian-American living in Providence, Rhode Island along with my immediate family. My family and I like most Liberians, migrated to the US because of the civil wars. I was fortunate to have attended both high school and college here in the states. During my college days, I found First Lutheran Church while […]

A Career in Church Work?

Ever thought about a career in church work? Want to become a pastor or  serve in some other way? What’s the next step? Come find out at the New England District Recruitment Event  which will be held at the District office on Saturday, Oct. 11th, from 10 am – 1 pm. You may think the only way you can serve the church is […]

Zacchaeus and sinners who joyfully receive Jesus

Dear Friends, I recently spent two tear-filled hours with a non-member who had left his wife because he was gay. He left her because in his mind, staying in the marriage was “killing” his wife emotionally. He called me:  I did not call him. He confessed his fallen-ness and declared “why would anyone want to be a homosexual?” He does not […]

FLC’s Walker Describes Crossroads of Peace in Boston’s Back Bay

First Lutheran’s own Andrew Walker has been featured in UniteBoston in a depiction of the Back Bay religious life.  Andrew is a long and loyal member of First Lutheran Churh who is making his mark by “Bringing the Message and Example of Jesus Christ to Greater Boston!” For the past five months, the UniteBoston Reps have been engaging in various activities to […]

Lutherans in a changing world Study Continues for the Winter Semester

We turn on our TVs, surf the news websites and open our newspapers to see a world today that appears in crisis and far away from God the creator and sustainer of our world. It’s difficult to know what to think when we read of beheadings, catastrophes, civil wars, terrorist attacks. Different churches and Christians have different ways of approaching […]

September News from the Ahlman Family in Leipzig

Sei getrost und unverzagt, fürchte dich nicht und lass dich nicht erschrecken! (Lutherbibel 1984) Be confident and unflinching, fear not and do not let yourself be  alarmed! (Personal translation) —1 Chr. 22.13b Those were the words of mandate from David to Solomon, having  prepared the arrangements for the construction of the Temple in  Jerusalem. That’s right, that was a mandate […]

Urgent Appeal to Bring LCC Comfort Dogs to Earthquake Victims in Napa Valley Area

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have been invited to come to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Napa, California and the surrounding area as soon as possible due to the earthquake that hit on Sundaymorning. A team of four LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers will arrive in Napa later this afternoon. Yesterday LCC received a phone call from Pastor Mark Heine and Rev. Michael […]

Lydia Comfort Dog Becomes First LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Massachusetts

On Sunday, August 24, Lydia Comfort Dog was welcomed into her new home at Messiah Lutheran Church in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.     LCC K-9 Director Rich Martin officially passed the leash to Top Dog Joyce Sauca, Pastor Jeremy Pekari and the K-9 Ministry Team from Messiah. Also on hand to welcome Lydia to New England were members from the K-9 team […]

“Faces of Christ” Film Lecture debuts St. Luke’s Arts Series

St. Luke’s in Dedham will be hosting a film lecture, “Faces of Christ”, on *Sunday, September 21 at 4:00pm*. This will be the first of our arts events this season, and will feature Dr. Bryan Stone of Boston University as our guest speaker. A wide variety of films produced between 1927 and 2004 will be presented, with Dr. Stone offering insight on the theological implicationsof […]

Come join Pastor and Elders for a morning to re-charge your spiritual batteries!

“Joining Jesus On His Mission: How to Be an Everyday Missionary” is a workshop ;lead by Greg Finke that takes place on September 6th from 8am-noon. We would love to have you join us and Greg! We would like to have 60 people for this awesome morning at Mount Calvary in Acton! Check out Greg’s book here Our suggested donation […]

Labor Day Concert: An Italian Sendoff for the Summer

Dear Friends of Music at the First Lutheran Church of Boston, I cordially invite you to our traditional Labor Day Concert on  Monday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m.  followed by a reception. Our evening will feature instrumental and vocal works by Italian and Italian-inspired composers such as Telemann, Vivaldi, Corelli and Handel. Héloise Dégrugillier, recorder & traverso Audrey Fernandez-Fraser, soprano Bálint Karosi, harpsichord & organ […]

A triumphant display of Jello-ship!

Hello First Lutheran Church friends, What a great time we’ve all been having at our Summer Courtyard Coffee Hour series!  Thanks to all who are participating by bringing food, setting up, and cleaning up.  The selection of Jello decisions was impressive!  It’s not too late to participate yourself:  this coming Sunday’s theme is “foods with a crust,” and theme or non-theme contributions are welcome.  Most of […]

Sunday School Begins September 7th

A new year of God’s Word in our lives begins Sunday, September 7, from 9:30 to 10:40 for ages 2 to adult!  All are welcome!!  Adults and children will begin with a joint Opening in the church basement.  The Adult Bible Study class will be exploring the New Testament book of Hebrews.  (Who was Melchizedek anyway?  If you don’t know, maybe you […]

Support for Lutheran School in South Sudan Continues

All of the Sunday School offerings gathered at First Luthean are supporting a school in South Sudan. The teaching and learning continues there despite the violence and we wanted to share the most recent pictures they have, and that they appreciate our support.  Please stay tuned for more info as volunteers are returning presently.         

Sermon Audio: Has God Rejected His People? By No Means!

Has God Rejected His People? By No Means!  A Sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on August 17, 2014 on Romans 1:11 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Has-God-Rejected-His-People_-By-No-Means-Romans-11_1.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: They Ate and Were Satisfied

They Ate and Were Satisfied A Sermon for the  8th Sunday of Pentecost preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the text of Matthew 14:20 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/20140803-082732.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: God Chose You Because He Loves You

God Chose You Because He Loves You A Sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/20140727-082646.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: Real Rest from God

Sermon Audio [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/20140706-082945.m4a’][/thaudio]

Pastor Dutzmann to discuss Psalm 34 on KFUO Bible Study

Pastor Ingo Dutzmann will be participating in another KFUO Bible Study Broadcast on 3July at 11AM Eastern. The text for Thursday, July 3 is Psalms 54. You can listen live here, or on-demand from the KFUO archives at the same webpage.  

Sermon Audio: Bearing the Cross of Jesus

Bearing the Cross of Jesus A Sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann for the 2nd Sunday after Holy Trinity  on the text of Matthew 10:34-39 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/20140629-083104.m4a’][/thaudio]

The Famous Coffee Hour in the Courtyard Series Returns

Looking forward to some great summer coffee hours after the early and late services this year?  I know I look forward to them during the long winters.  We are continuing our model of coffee hours in which we invite the whole congregation to get involved and bring a food or beverage to share with the congregation at coffee hour.  This […]

Leipzig Mission Presentation this Sunday, June 29th

Rev. Dr. Christopher S. Ahlman and his wife, Deaconess Elizabeth C. Ahlman, will be making a presentation on LCMS work in Leipzig, Germany and broader Europe at First Lutheran Church on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 9:30 am. This presentation at First Lutheran Church is part of the Ahlmans’ two-month Home Service period, during which time they visit congregations, groups, and […]

Thank You From Pastor Paul Lantz

Thank You from Pastor Paul Lantz Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ from FLC,   As our family finishes packing the final boxes for the move to Hanover next week, my heart continues to overflow with thanks to God for all of you.  In fact, just today while ordering some resources, I discovered that the salesperson talking with me on […]

Road Closures for Sunday June 22nd

On Sunday, June 22, 2014, the Boston Athletic Association will host the fourth annual B.A.A. 10K.   The race begins at 8:00 a.m, starting and finishing at Charles Street at Boston Common. Those attending First Lutheran can still access the church by taking Marlborough Street from Massachusetts Avenue, turning right on Clarendon and left at Public Alley 423. Road Closures:  Streets and roadways […]

Nebraska Tornado Relief Effort

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus: Yesterday, tornadoes struck and devastated the small town of Pilger, Neb., killing two, including a 5-year-old child, and injuring more than two dozen, many critically. In addition to laying waste to nearly the entire town, the storms destroyed the building of our congregation, St. John Lutheran, and the home of its pastor, the […]

Sermon Audio: Be Baptized into the Name

Be Baptized into the Name A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann for Trinity Sunday on the text of Matthew 28: 16-20 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/20140615-083818.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: Pentecost

A Sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann for Pentecost Sunday, 2014. [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/20140608-082933.m4a’][/thaudio]Pentecostg

Sermon Audio: Cast your anxieties on God because He cares for you

Cast your anxieties on God because He cares for you A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann for the 5th Sunday of Easter [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/20140601-083410.m4a’][/thaudio]

Pack the Pantry 5k race at St. Luke’s in Dedham

St Luke’s Fourth Annual “Pound the Pavement – Pack the Pantry” 5K will take place on Saturday, June 7 at 8:30am.  Register here

Thank You Sunday School Teachers!

“What’s in your Wagon?” A Pioneer Vacation Bible School

Children age two years to grade 5 are invited to join us as we become pioneers and follow our faith journey to discover God’s love and His gift of salvation for us. The first four Sundays in June from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Bible Stories – Crafts – Music – Snacks – Games! Contact the church office elaine.laaser@flc-boston.org for more information and […]

Sermon Audio: I am going to prepare a place for you

“I am going to prepare a place for you” A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann for the 5th Sunday of Easter on the text of John 14:1-7 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/20140518-083018.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: Hear the Good Shepherd

A Sermon for the 4th Sunday in Easter preached by Pastor Paul Lantz on the text of John 10:3 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/20140511-083130.m4a’][/thaudio]Sermon Audio

Concordia College Choir Concert at First Lutheran this Friday

This Friday May 16th, First Lutheran Church will host a concert for Concordia College-New York Choir hailing from Bronxville, NY. The concert begins at  7PM.  In addition the choir will be participating in our Sunday service on May 18th at 11AM.  Hope to see you there. For more information, please contact First Lutheran Church. Info and directions here.    

New Adult Bible Study: “Councils, Creeds, and Canon: Development of Christian Doctrine in the Early Church”

Adult Bible Study: “Councils, Creeds, and Canon: Development of Christian Doctrine in the Early Church” If someone were to ask a Christian today, “how do you know what it is that you believe about Jesus,” one would likely point to the Bible or the historic creeds as fundamental references.  But there was a time, in the early church, when Christians […]

Music Therapy Speaker at LWML Gathering

“Music therapy can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness, between isolation and interaction, between chronic pain and comfort–between demoralization and dignity.”  Barbara Crowe, Music Therapist, Deutsches Altenheim-German Center for elder care Barbara is a super speaker, and is scheduled for a presentation at the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Rally on Sunday 5/18 at Trinity Lutheran Church in West Roxbury, 1195 Centre Street, (Next […]

Teacher Appreciation Sunday on May 18th

The end of the school year is rapidly approaching, along with the end of the Sunday School semester. Please help us celebrate and thank our Sunday School teachers onSunday May 18th from 10:30 – 11:00 in the undercroft. Contributions of baked goods and cards are welcome. Whether or not you have children in Sunday School, please help us give thanks for the important work the teachers do […]

SermonAudio; And Beginning With Moses

Sermon Audio: And Beginning With Moses A Sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann for the 3rd Sunday in Easter on the text of Luke 24:27 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/20140504-083037.m4a’][/thaudio]

Pastor Ingo Dutzmann to discuss Psalm 8 on ‘The Bible Study’

Listen to Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on Wed., April 30, 10AM CST/11AM/EST. The program is available live online at the Bible Study’s website. The Bible Study will focus on Psalm 8, How Majestic is Your Name

Pastor Paul Lantz’s installation in Hanover, April 27th at 3 p.m.

Pastor Paul Lantz will be installed at Lutheran Church of Cross, in Hanover MA on April 27th. at 3 p .m. If you would like to attend please contact Cathy at kathylcc@verizon.net. Pastor’s last Sunday at FLC will be May 11th. We also have a few people in need of rides, please contact elaine.laaser@flc-boston.org

Thanks from the Comfort Dogs and Lutheran Church Charities

On behalf of Lutheran Church Charities, the K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers please accept our thanks for your hospitality and joy filled hearts. I can’t even begin to  tell you how many lives were touched and how many people remembered how “safe” First Lutheran Church was for them both after the bombings and this past weekend. One  woman in […]

Philip Christ Organ Concert Friday

German organist Philip Christ will give an organ concert this Friday May 2nd at First Lutheran Church, 299 Berkeley St in Boston’s Back Bay. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students & seniors. Contact and directions here Program: Nikolaus Bruhns (1665 – 1697): Praeludium in G-Dur Abraham van den Kerckhoven (ca. 1618 – 1701): Fantasie in d Dieterich Buxtehude (1637 […]

175th Anniversary Celebrated on Palm Sunday – Photo Gallery

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Sermon Audio: Palm Sunday and 175th Anniversary

A Palm Sunday Sermon preached by the Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison on the occasion of the 175 anniversary of First Lutheran Church. [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Palm-Sunday-Sermon.m4a’][/thaudio]

175th Anniversary Celebration Continues on Palm Sunday

There are at least 175 reasons to celebrate God’s faithfulness to our congregation on Sunday. In addition to the observance of Palm Sunday, we are privileged to have Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, the President of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod with us on Palm Sunday as our preacher and Bible Study leader. Additionally the submissions from the 175 Voices project […]

Sermon Audio: Knowing the Gift of God

Knowing the Gift of God  A Sermon preached for the 5th Sunday of Lent by Pastor Paul Lantz on the text of John 4:10 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/20140406-083209.m4a’][/thaudio]

Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Morning

This year’s Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Easter morning between the church services, from 10:00 – 10:30. We’ll gather in the sanctuary for song and prayer before hopping off to find eggs. If you attend the 8AM service, you’ll have time to worship and eat brunch before hunting eggs. If you attend the 11AM service, you’ll have time to hunt eggs, […]

Traffic Advisory: Prudential Tunnel work

MassDOT has planned 3 significant weekend lane restrictions on Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) in Boston to remove the Prudential Tunnel ceiling over the roadway. The ceiling remains safe and secure, but has deteriorated beyond the point of repair and must be removed. The tunnel ceiling is owned and maintained by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA). The restrictions will reduce traffic to […]

Hear the First Lutheran Church Choir at Boston Bach Birthday 329

Live recording on March 22, 2014 at the “Boston Bach Birthday 329” First Lutheran Church Choir, Soloists and Period Orchestra; Cantata 29: Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir László Fassang, organ Bálint Karosi, conductor Soloists: Audrey Fernandez-Fraser, soprano; Stephanie Kacoyanis, alto; Gene Stenger, tenor; Ian Pomerantz, bass Orchestra: Abigail Karr, baroque violin Jesse Irons, baroque violin Anna Griffis, baroque […]

Sermon Audio: And He Worshiped Him

And He Worshiped Him A Sermon for the 3rd Sunday in Lent preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the text of J0hn 9:35-38 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/20140330-082946.m4a’][/thaudio]

Comfort Dogs Return for 2014 Boston Marathon

Mark your calenders for the return of the Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dogs. The dogs and their handlers who served the city of Boston so admirably after the 2013 Marathon bombing will be back for this year’s Marathon. Comfort Dogs Luther, Ruthie, Hannah, & Rufus along with their team of handlers will be coming from Chicago to Boston and have […]

Benefit Lunch for Gisele Pinheiro at First Lutheran on Sunday, March 30

Benefit Lunch for Gisele Pinheiro at First Lutheran on Sunday, March 30 Gisele is a beloved member of FLC and the Brazilian ministry that is in need of a liver transplant.  She is also battling cancer on her liver as well as other medical issues.  Her husband, Almir, has lost a lot of work due to the continual hospital visits he has made […]

Camp Winnipesaukee 2014 info available

Lutheran Winni Week – 5-12 July 2014A one week event for all ages on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, Lutheran Winni Week provides an annual spiritual retreat for families and individuals, from grade school through adulthood, in the setting of a Lutheran Church Camp. The program includes Vacation Bible School for pre-K to 5th graders, Bible Study for Jr. High, Discussion and Study for […]

Easter and Holy Week at First Lutheran

Dear Friends, please join us for Holy Week and Easter Sunday Worship Services. Palm Sunday  April 13th    8AM & 11AM Maundy Thursday April 17th   7:00PM Good Friday April 18th Vigil (includes readings, prayers and time for meditation)     Noon  Tenebrae       7:00PM  Holy Saturday Easter Vigil     7:00PM Easter Sunday  Festival Worship Service  8AM & 11AM An Easter brunch and […]

Message from President Harrison on Religious Liberty

Dear All, Lenten Peace. Rev. Matthew Harrison, President of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod will soon be with us at First Lutheran and, he will surely want to use part of the Bible Study hour on April 13th to discuss how the LCMS will soon open an office to exercise a stronger voice in Washington, DC. It is clear that the religious […]

Sermon Audio: Living Water

Living Water A Sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann for the third Sunday in Lent on the text of John 4:9-10 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/20140323-083406.m4a’][/thaudio]

The Boston Byzantine Choir at St. Luke’s Dedham

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 950 East Street in Dedham, invites you to attend our 3rd Annual Hymn Festival on Saturday, April 5 at 4:00pm. The Boston Byzantine Choir will be presenting a program of Lenten music in the Orthodox tradition accompanied by images of beautiful iconography. Admission is free (though donations to the choir will be accepted), recordings will be available […]

Boston Bach Birthday 329 Saturday, March 22nd

First Lutheran Church of Boston is proud to announce the 6th annual Bach Birthday Celebration in collaboration with the Boston Chapter of the American Organists. Saturday, March 22 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Keynote speaker: Dr. Robin Leaver, former president of the American Bach Society Artists include: Exsultemus Period Vocal Ensemble, Emmanuel Music, Cambridge Concentus, Boston Schola Cantorum, Erica Johnson, […]

“He Is Risen” Presentation Premiers in Raynham

“He Is Risen” A Musical & Visual Presentation of the Passion  & Resurrection of Jesus Written by Ed Harkey Performed by Wing & A Prayer Sunday, March 30th  6:30PM at the Lutheran Church of the Way 110 Robinson Street Raynham, MA www.familiesinchrist.org 508.822.5900

Pastor Dutzmann to appear on “The Bible Study”

Pastor Ingo Dutzmann is scheduled to appear as guest on “The Bible Study” on Wednesday, April 30 at 11AM Eastern Time, to discuss 2 Corinthians 6:1-13. The Bible Study This program provides quality discussion of the Christian faith that supports and supplements the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod’s witness to the Gospel. Pastors from congregations across the country give listeners an opportunity […]

Sermon Audio: Blessed is the Man Whose Sins are Covered

Sermon Audio: Blessed is the Man Whose Sins are Covered A sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Lent preached by Pastor Paul Lantz on Romans 4:7 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/20140316-082939.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: Then the devil left Him

Then The devil left Him A Sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann for the first Sunday of Lent on Matthew 4:11 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/20140309-083038.m4a’][/thaudio]  

Lenten Giving Cross

The Lenten Giving Cross  Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. […]

Sermon Audio: Our Father Who Art In Heaven

Our Father Who Art In Heaven A Sermon preached for Ash Wednesday by Pastor Paul Lantz on the text Matthew 6:9 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/20140305-193307.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: Pleasing God

Pleasing God A Sermon for Transfiguration Sunday preached by Pastor Paul Lantz on Matthew 17:5 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/20140302-082638.m4a’][/thaudio]  

Valentine’s Day Dance Photos Here

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175 Voices Anniversary Project

First Lutheran church is turning 175 years old this spring, and we’d like to announce  a special project to celebrate the founding of our congregation.  The “175 Voices” project will collect stories about how FLC has touched the lives of those who have attended here. Whether you are a current or former member, or an occasional attender, we invite you to […]

175th Anniversary of our Congregation

This year, on February 18, First Lutheran Church of Boston is celebrating its 175th anniversary.  To mark this event, two special celebration Sundays are planned.  The first is this coming Sunday, February 16th, when we will have special music at both the 8am and 11am services.  After each service, everyone is welcome to attend a special coffee hour and slide […]

Sermon Audio: God Gets the Last Word

God Gets the Last Word A Sermon for the 6th Week of Epiphany preached by Pastor Paul Lantz on Matthew 5: 21-22. [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/20131225-113821.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: What Is Law? It’s What’s Right, Right? Wrong!

What Is Law? It’s What’s Right, Right? Wrong! A Sermon for the  5th Sunday of Epiphany preached on Matthew 5:13-20 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/20140209-083033.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: My Eyes Have Seen Your Salvation

My Eyes Have Seen Your Salvation A sermon for the 3rd week of Epiphany preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the text of Luke 2:30 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/20140202-082600.m4a’][/thaudio]

New England Hunger Project a Success – Photos Here

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Summer Getaway at Camp Winni

Dear Friends, This brochure gives you a sneak preview of the warm shores of Camp Winni for 2014. Lutheran Winni Week……provides an annual spiritual retreat for families and individuals in the setting of a Lutheran Church camp…fondly referred to as “Camp Winni”… Our special guest will be Dr Ely and Miriam Prieto. Many of you may remember them from their two visits to FLC in […]

Sermon Audio: Come Follow Me

Sermon Audio: Come Follow Me. A Sermon for the second Sunday of Advent preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the text Matthew 2:4 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/20140126-082608.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: Behold the Lamb of God

Behold the Lamb of God A Sermon for the Second Sunday after Epiphany preached by Pastor Paul Lantz on the text of John 1:29 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/20140119-083040.m4a’][/thaudio]

Join the New England District Hunger Project this Saturday!

Who: The New England District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and Feeding Children Everywhere are partnering together for the NED Hunger Project. New England District Congregations will be packaging a total of 250,000 healthy lentil casseroles at four locations this fall, and each location is packaging a portion of the goal. What: At this location, volunteers will be hand-packaging 62,500 healthy lentil […]

Sermon Audio: The Riches of our Heart

The Riches of Our Heart A Sermon preached for the first Sunday of Epiphany by Pastor Paul Lantz on the text of Luke 20 40:52 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/20140112-082546.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: I Must Be In My Father’s House

I Must Be In My Father’s House A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann for the Second Sunday of Christmas based on Luke 2:48 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/20140105-082528.m4a’][/thaudio]

Message from Pastor Dutzmann on the Gbarnga Lutheran Mission Project

Dear First Lutheran Members and Friends, I am honored to be playing a minor supporting role in the Gbarnga Lutheran Project described on the flyer below. While this is not a formal ministry of First Lutheran Church, given all the ministries we already support, I believe it is worthy of our prayers and consideration. I am proud of Pastor Schultz […]

Sermon Audio: Rachel is Weeping…but there is Hope

Rachel is Weeping…but there is Hope a sermon for the 1st week of Christmas preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the text of Matthew 2:8 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/20141229-113030.m4a’][/thaudio]

Christmas Sermons

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Sermon Audio: Jesus is the glory of our story

Jesus is the glory of our story A sermon for the 4th Sunday of Advent preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on Romans 1:1-7. [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/20131222-083046.m4a’][/thaudio]  

Canto Armonico Concert this Friday

A visit back to the 17th-century musical splendors of Salzburg is in store for Boston early music lovers when conductor Simon Carrington and Canto Armonico present Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber’s Vesperae Longiores ac breviores (1693), with additional material added for Advent. Brilliant and intimate music by Biber and his contemporaries, including Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I, will be heard in […]

Sermon Audio: Be Patient!

Be Patient! [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/20131215-083233.m4a’][/thaudio] A Sermon preached by Pastor Leon Schultz on the text of James 5: 7-11 for the Third Sunday of Advent. Pastor Schultz is the Senior Pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Providence, RI.  

Randell Dauda and Mission Work in Liberia

Randell Dauda is a wonderful Christian young woman from Liberia who has lived in the US for a number of years.  She is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Providence, RI and finished her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Northeastern University.  While she studied at Northeastern she participated in FLC’s Campus Connection ministry.  Randell has now returned to Liberia […]

Lutheran Essentials Resumes in 2014

Lutheran Essentials will resume on Wednesday January 8th at 7pm with Augsburg Confession Article IV Justification. More details will be forthcoming. For a look back at what the class has covered and who is invited (everyone!) please follow this link.  

Sermon Audio: Repent!

Repent! A Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent, preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann. [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/20131208-113255.m4a’][/thaudio]

Bring your Voice! Bake Some Cookies! Caroling in the Courtyard, Sunday Dec 8th

Join us at 12:30PM on December 8th for Christmas Carols in the First Lutheran Church courtyard. Our first attempt at spreading holiday cheer to the Back Bay in 2012 was a great success, attended by members of the congregation, friends and neighbors. We’ll make sure the usual coffee, hot chocolate and holiday beverages will be flowing along with lots of […]

Sermon Audio: Walk in the Light of the Lord

Walk in the Light of the Lord A sermon preached by Pastor Paul Lantz for the first Sunday of Advent on the text of Isaiah 2:5. [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/20131201-082719.m4a’][/thaudio]

Advent and Christmas Service Opportunities

Schedule of Advent and Christmas Worship opportunities Wednesday Evening Advent December 4, 11, and 18th, Soup supper 6 PM Vespers Service 7PM   Brazilian Worship Services  7:15 PM Saturday, December 7, 2013   Traditional German Worship Service, Sunday December 8, 2013 4PM   Brazilian Christmas Worship  7:15PM Saturday December 21, 2013   Christmas Family Service, December 24th 4PM.   Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, December 24, 2013 11 PM   […]

Thanksgiving Worship and Dinner reminder

Dear FLC family as Psalm 67: 1 states, “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shin upon us.” Thanksgiving is a special moment to reflect on God’s abundant grace that He pours out in our lives through so many ways.  Food, clothing, shelter, family, friends, freedom, forgiveness and the list goes on. A memorable Thanksgiving […]

Sermon Audio: Were You There?

Sermon Audio: Were You there? A sermon preached by Pastor Paul Lantz for Christ the King Sunday, November 24, 2013   [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/20131124-082351.m4a’][/thaudio]

Giving Thanks..from Texas

Thanksgiving Thoughts from Lori Prehar, former First Lutheran Church member now in Austin, Texas. Lori’s blog posts have appeared semi-regularly on the First Lutheran website. Her regular blog can be found here. It’s Thanksgiving, folks. In Ephesians 5:20 Paul says, “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Now, I certainly don’t […]

Leading By Faith and Example: Stories from the Lutheran Malaria Initiative

by Melanie Ave and Martha Mitkos, originally published in Lutherans Engage, November/December 2013 At First Lutheran Church of Boston and Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester, Mass., there is a group of young professional couples serving as role models of Christian stewardship. Meet Brian and Joy Harms, Frank Cho and Sandra Osladil Cho, Chris and Ann Muskopf, Jonathan and Rebecca Hendrickson, […]

Thanksgiving Day Worship, Fellowship and Feasting

Thanksgiving Worship Service and Dinner, November 28 Whether your family is here in Boston or not, you are invited to celebrate Thanksgiving here at First Lutheran!  This year our Thanksgiving worship service will be on Thanksgiving Day at 3:00pm.  Right after the worship we will have an FLC family Thanksgiving Dinner around 4:00pm.  If you would like to be part of the dinner, […]

Sermon Audio: Your Redemption is at Hand?

Your Redemption is Near? A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann for the 2nd to last Sunday of the Church Year on the text of Luke 21:5-28 (29-36)   [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/20131117-083052.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: I AM Who I AM

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You Can Help LCMS in Ongoing Typhoon Relief Efforts

“ For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. … If one member suffers, all suffer together…” (I Cor:12:12,26 ESV). Typhoon Haiyan, which ravaged the Philippines Nov. 8 killing thousands, is one of the strongest storms in recorded history. It is an unbelievable […]

A Witness in the Public Square

To Change the World, a reflection by Dr. Dale Meyer A timely topic for our witness in the public square and our future as Christians in America. Peace, Pastor Ingo Dutzmann These last days I finished “To Change the World” by James Davison Hunter.  Hunter is the Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture and Social Theory at the University of Virginia […]

Sermon Audio: The Lamb Himself will be their Shepherd

The Lamb Himself will be their Shepherd A Sermon preached by Pastor Paul Lantz on Sunday November 3, 2012 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/20131103-082650.m4a’][/thaudio]

Lutheran World Relief Quilt Project Coming in November

Lutheran World Relief Quilting project needs your help! 500,000 Quilts! That is the 2013 goal for Lutheran World Relief to send around the world. You can be a small part of completing this goal by helping us tie some quilts a few of us have made. Join us after the late service on Sunday (approximately 12:30PM), November 17th for a light lunch […]

Sermon Audio: If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed A sermon for the Feast of the Reformation preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on John 8:36 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/20131027-170117.m4a’][/thaudio]  

Sermon Audio: Justified by Grace through Faith

Justified by Grace through Faith A sermon for Sunday of Reformation Day preached by Pastor Paul Lantz on Romans 3:28 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/20131027-083457.m4a’][/thaudio]  

Sermon Audio: Worship Him who made Heaven and Earth, the sea and the springs of water

Worship Him who made Heaven and Earth, the sea and the springs of water A Sermon (part I) for the feast of the Reformation preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on Revelation 14:7 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/20131027-162241.m4a’][/thaudio]  

Lutheran Essential Bible Study takes on The Augsburg Confession

Lutheran Essentials Bible Study Continues Come join the Lutheran Essentials class as we continue our study of the Lutheran Confessions. We will be starting a new topic on the Augsburg Confession. The class will start with a look back at the history of the Reformation and what lead up to this bold statement of faith. Then we will dive into […]

Sermon Audio: October 20th 2013

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Hear Pastor Dutzmann on “His Time” radio program

  Pastor Ingo Dutzmann, on a recent trip to St. Louis, provided a sermon and a scriptural study during the live broadcast of the “His Time” radio program. A link to the sermon and the scripture study are found here.  

Balint Karosi discusses Reformation Cantatas on Issues, Etc. Radio

On October 17th, Balint Karosi was interviewed by host Rev. Todd Wilken of Issues, Etc. on the topic of the message of Bach’s reformation cantatas. This interview also served as a preview of the Bach at the Sem concert led by Balint on October 20 The link to the interview is here

Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit free to College Students

Attention College Students:  Dead Sea Scrolls Event – Sunday, October 20 Sunday, October 20th will be the last day of the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science.  Boston Campus Connections has received a special grant from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod to fully sponsor this event. If you are a university student and would like to […]

Festival Reformation Service, Sunday, October 27, 4 p.m.

One new cantata and one old one proclaim the free gift of salvation by grace alone A Festival Reformation Service on October 27 will hold the world premier of  Balint Karosi’s new cantata “Words of Beginning” based on an original text by Kai Hofmann-Krull that dedicated to  First Lutheran Church of Boston for its upcoming 175th anniversary. Hoffman-Krull’s text reflects the light […]

The Last Mile: Martin Thuo’s Story

The Last Mile: A Story of First Lutheran member Martin Thuo and the Lutheran Malaria Initiative by Martha Mitkos In the rural village of Nyacaba, 40 kilometers north of Nairobi, Kenya, lived a boy named Martin. Martin’s mother worked in the fields from early morning to late at night to provide for her family. One particular morning, Martin was not […]

Sermon Audio: Pray, and do not lose heart.

Sermon Audio: Pray and Do Not Lose Heart A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on Luke 18:1 for the 21st Sunday of Pentecost. [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/20130929-082725.m4a’][/thaudio]

Women’s Bible Study on Grace begins October 11th

    Join us for a study on Grace beginning Oct. 11th at 11 a.m at First Lutheran Church. For questions please contact Elaine Laaser via email or by phone 617. 536.8851. More information on the book We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. Musicians speak of a grace note. We describe an […]

Comfort Dogs Returning to Boston for Award

The Comfort Dogs Are Returning! On October 17, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will be receiving an award from the MSPCA for “Animal Hero Award” for their efforts during the week following the Marathon Bombings, bringing much-needed comfort to victims in hospitals, nearby college students, running clubs, and members of the community.  During their trip (10/16-10/20) they will also be […]

Live Broadcast planned for homily “Are You the One”

First Lutheran’s Pastor Ingo Dutzmann will preach a short homily that will be broadcast Thursday, 10 October, on KFUO at 9am EST. It will be followed by a  live participation in an on-air Bible Study from 9:05-9:44EST.  The  Homily is entitled “Are You the One?” Based on the Jesus and John the Baptist account  recorded in Matthew 11.1-11. Information on the broadcast; KFUO […]

Sermon Audio: Increase Our Faith

Sermon Audio: ‘increase our Faith” preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the text Luke 17:1-5. [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/20131006-082806.m4a’][/thaudio]

Lutheran Essentials Class tackles the Augsburg Confession

Come join the Lutheran Essentials class as we continue our study of the Lutheran Confessions. We will soon be starting a new topic on the Augsburg Confession.  The class will start with a look back at the history of the Reformation and what lead up to this bold statement of faith.  Then we will dive into the doctrine contained in the Augsburg […]

International Culinary Extravaganza

International Culinary Extravaganza This Sunday 9/29/13 is also our International Culinary Extravaganza– After the 11am worship service there will be a mouthwatering pot luck lunch with a tasty cuisine of dishes from around the world. (Feel free to bring a dish from anywhere is the world!). Preparations are underway!  

Mission Bible Study

Mission Bible Study This Sunday 9/29/13 join us for a Mission Bible Study – After the 8am worship service the Adult Bible study will focus on First Lutheran’s involvement in the mission of the Church.

Feijoada Dinner

Feijoada Dinner Back by popular demand… on Friday, September 27 at 6:30pm there will be a delicious Feijoada Dinner offered to the entire congregation and friends as part of the Mission Festival.  For those who aren’t familiar with this dish, “feijoada” is a typical Brazilian meal from the middle region of the country.  It is a wonderful mix of black bean soup, […]

Traffic Update for Sunday September 22

ROADS CLOSED FOR HUB ON WHEELS: Closed from 7:00am-8:15am Cambridge St. between Court St. and New Sudbury St. Closed from 7:50am-9am Cambridge St. between New Sudbury St. and Storrow Drive Closed from 8am-11am: Storrow Drive outbound between Leverett Circle and Elliot Bridge Storrow Drive inbound between Elliot Bridge and Fenway/Kenmore Exit. for more information please visit; http://bostonbiker.org/2010/09/23/road-closures-for-hub-on-wheels/

Mission Festival 2013: Lord Above All Nations

Mission Festival 2013 “Lord Above All Nations” Christ called his followers to, “Go to all nations…” Here in Boston we celebrate how God has brought people from all nations to our church. For the last two weekends in September there will be special activities highlighting our ministry to people from around the world and right here in our neighborhood. The theme […]

Sermon Audio; Are You Interested in Rejoicing in Heaven?

“Are you interested in rejoicing in Heaven?” a sermon for the 17th Sunday in Pentecost preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the text of Luke 15:1-10   [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/20130915-082908.m4a’][/thaudio]

Moms of Faith group reconnects beginning September 20th

Moms of Faith Resumes This fall, the mother’s discussion group, now called “Moms of Faith,” will resume starting September 20th at 7:00 PM.   On the 3rd Friday of every month through May we will discuss parenting challenges and blessings as they cross our minds through books and articles we read and experiences we have.  We will also continue sharing our prayer requests […]

Welcome Back to Sunday School!

Welcome back to Sunday School! September 8th marks the beginning of a new Sunday School year.  The Sunday School Opening for both adults and children takes place in the church basement promptly at 9:30!  We start with an invocation, song, offering and prayer together before breaking into our separate classes. Adult Bible Study Adult Bible Study will be led by Audrey Johnson on Paul’s letter to the […]

Sermon Audio: Love God and Walk in His Ways

Love God and Walk in His Ways A sermon for the 16th Sunday in Pentecost preached by Pastor Paul Lantz on the text Deuteronomy 30:15-20 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/20130908-083226.m4a’][/thaudio] Additional readings for the 16th Sunday in Pentecost: Psalm 1 Philemon 1-21 Luke 14:25-35

Upcoming Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study: Galatians

As we transition to a new Sunday School year on September 8, the Adult Bible study will begin a new topic – Paul’s Letter to the Galatians.  Did you know that the letter has only six chapters, but inspired Martin Luther to write two lengthy commentaries?  This fall, we will study Paul’s wonderful exposition of how Christ’s gospel frees us […]

Coffee Hour in the Courtyard Thanks!

Thanks so much to all the Summer Coffee Hour in the Courtyard volunteers!  Set-up/cleanup volunteers were Joyce McCain, Wehbut Abraham, Abadit Shafner, Anne and Chris Muskopf, Mary Reuning, Beth and John Lindemann, Eric and Brandi Groft, Joe and Brianna Krikava, Joyce Shek, Karin Denison, David Harney, Betty Pohl, Polly Brown, Blake Sutcliffe, Nancy Bussing, and Brian and Joy Harms.  Thanks also to […]

Sermon Audio: Do Not Neglect to Show Hospitality to Strangers

Do Not Neglect to Show Hospitality to Strangers A Sermon for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the text Hebrews 13:2. [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/20130901-082507.m4a’][/thaudio]  

Sermon Audio: The Blood that Speaks a Better Word than Abel’s

“You have come…to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel” A Sermon for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann based on the text Hebrews 12:4-24 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/20130825-083422.m4a’][/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: ‘Why do you not know how to interpret the present times?”

‘Why do you not know how to interpret the present times?” A Sermon for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann based on the text Luke 12: 49-53 (54-56) [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/20130721-082802.m4a’][/thaudio]  

Special Bible Study by Ralph Schmidt on Wordlwide Human Relief Efforts

Special Bible Study On Sunday morning, August 18, Rev. Ralph Schmidt, Director of Development for Orphan Grain Train and former member at First Lutheran, will present the Bible Study at 9:45AM.  His focus will be the exciting work Orphan Grain Train is carrying on throughout the world as it distributes clothing, medical supplies and food to countless thousands of needy people.  He will […]

Cannon Mountain Hike Updates

Cannon Mountain Hike Saturday, August 31 (Labor Day Weekend) the Boston Campus Connections group is sponsoring a hike up beautiful Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire.  However, everyone in the congregation is invited to participate. Pastor Dutzmann will be our guide on the hike.  The plan is to leave the Boston area early, hike up the mountain, have lunch and a devotion […]

Sermon Audio: Now Faith…

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen A Sermon for the 12th Sunday of Pentecost preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on the text of Hebrews 11 1-16 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/20130811.m4a’]20130811[/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: Everything is Vanity…Except Jesus

Everything is Vanity…Except Jesus A sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann for the 11th Sunday in Pentecost Based on the text: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-26 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/20130804-083210.m4a’]20130804 083210[/thaudio]

Sermon Audio: The Lesson of Confession

The Lesson of Confession A Sermon for the 10th Sunday in Pentecost preached by Pastor Paul Lantz on the text 2nd Samuel 12:13   [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/20130728-083909.m4a’]20130728 083909[/thaudio]

Living In Faith Everyday – Lutherans for Life Conference

Living in  Faith Everyday By Anya Burkart Living in Faith Everyday (L.I.F.E) is the theme of this year’s Lutherans For Life Conference to be held November 8-9 in Des Moines, IA. We live in a time when the Church is losing its influence on the world and the world is increasing its influence on the Church. Living in Faith Everyday is needed […]

My Week at Camp Winni

My Week at Camp Winni By Jerry Irwin I have learned during the last 9 years of being a FLC member that when Pastor Dutzmann calls me and he starts the conversation by saying something like “I was thinking about”, or, “I have an idea”, or, “You know, Jerry, this is a good thing”, that I usually just say, “Yes”, […]

Sermon Audio: How to Welcome Jesus

How to Welcome Jesus A Sermon for the 8th Sunday of Pentecost. preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on Luke 10: 38-42 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/20130721-082802.m4a’]20130721 082802[/thaudio]

Salsa (Coffee) Hour Sunday

Salsa Coffee Hour Sunday is here! Hi, FLC Friends, Neighborhood Friends and Friends of Salsa! Just a reminder that this Sunday, 7/21, the coffee hour theme is “Salsa”.  If you would like to contribute, please bring a salsa, and something to dip, to coffee hour after the 8AM  or 11AM service.  The more the merrier!  Do also stop by and taste from […]

Summer Bible Studies Underway

Adult Sunday Morning Bible Study This summer, Pastor Dutzmann and Pastor Lantz team up to present a thoughtful series on Prayer.  They examine famous examples of prayer from Scripture and consider prayer as a vital part of the modern Christian life. Pastor Dutzmann provides a preview here; Given the momentous issues driving our culture today (many of which counter Christian morality and practice)… we will choose […]

Sermon Audio: You Shall Follow My Rules

A Sermon for the Seventh Sunday in Pentecost, preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann on Leviticus 18:4. [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/20130714-113121.m4a’]20130714 113121[/thaudio] Old Testament: Leviticus 18:1-5; 19:9-18 Psalm: Psalm 41 Epistle Colossians 1:1-14 Gospel: Luke 10:25-37

Sermon Audio: July 7, 2013 What is So Awesome about God

A Sermon for Seventh Sunday of Pentecost “What is so Awesome about God?” preached by Pastor Paul Lantz on the text of Psalm 66 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/What-is-so-awesome-about-God_-7.7.13.m4a’]What is so awesome about God_ 7.7.13[/thaudio]

Find Summer Fellowship in the Courtyard

What’s this all about? Members, friends and visitors are welcome to join us at every summer Sunday after both Divine Services for Coffee Hour in the Courtyard! Summer coffee hours are an informal way to meet all kinds of new people, from vacationers, to new students, to longtime members, all gathered around tasty food and reveling in the blessings of […]

Vacation Bible School Wraps Up, Thanks to all who Made a Mighty Effort

A HUGE thanks to all the volunteers that made this year’s Vacation Bible School extra special!

Brazil Mission Society: Highlighting a wonderful officially Recognized Service Organization of the LCMS:

Brazil Mission Society Highlighting a wonderful officially Recognized Service Organization of the LCMS: This organization’s mission is to extend the care of Jesus Christ to Brazilians by assisting the Lutheran Church of Brazil.  (Igreja Evangelica Luterana do Brasil)  The mission projects are focused primarily on helping children in poverty and Lutheran schools.  The group also provides a sponsorship program for […]

Why I’m Going to Texas: By Kayla

Continuing in the series of letters penned by First Lutheran Church’s youth, here’s a note from Kayla. For more info on the gathering and to see a note from Pastor Dutzmann on the youth gathering, please click here. I live in New Hampshire with my mom, step dad John, and two sisters, Leah and Carly. I am going to be a high […]

Why I’m Going to Texas: By Asmeret

Continuing in the series of letters penned by First Lutheran Church’s youth, here’s a note from Asmeret. For more info on the gathering and to see a note from Pastor Dutzmann on the youth gathering, please click here. Hi all! My name is Asmeret.  I have just graduated from high school, so I hope to make this last summer of […]

Sermon Audio: “Crucify the Flesh”

“Crucify the Flesh” A Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Pentecost Preached by Pastor Paul Lantz on Galatians 5:25 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130630-083323.m4a’]20130630 083323[/thaudio]

Upholding Marriage: God’s Plan and Gift

Today the Supreme Court issued its ruling, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and allowing for gay marriage in California by virtue of Proposition 8. Though the ruling is not a surprise, we are saddened for our nation, even as we call our fellow Christians to faithfulness and prayer. As Christians, we believe and confess that God Himself […]

Message from Pastor Dutzmann on Supreme Court Decision

You have probably heard that the US Supreme Court has repealed the Defense of Marriage Act as of 10am this morning.   This ruling will certainly have far-ranging implications for our American society and Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  We, in the LCMS, will continue to hold to the holy doctrine of marriage as defined in The Bible and will not perform or […]

Sermon Audio “One in Christ”

“One in Christ” a sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Pentecost, June 23, 2013 preached by Pastor Paul Lantz on the text of Galatians 3:28 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130623-112831.m4a’]20130623 112831[/thaudio]  

Road Closures Sunday June 23rd

Dear First Lutheran Church members and friends, Please note that Commonwealth Avenue will be closed beginning at 8AM until possibly noon for a race. As with similar events, access to First Lutheran will be reduced, but not impossible, and street parking will be limited.   All of Massachusetts Avenue will remain open, as well as Marlborough Street. One possible route […]

Find Law and Gospel Sunday Adult Bible Resources Here

Introduction The adult Sunday morning Bible Study centers on a foundational aspect of Lutheran theology. The study entitled Law and Gospel is a participatory exercise to better understand the Word of God and our Christian response. The course uses videos from Concordia Seminary class sessions, an overview of C.F.W. Walther’s “Law and Gospel”, and much discussion. This class will be of interest to […]

Sermon Audio: Peace Be With You

“Peace Be With You” A Sermon preached on April 21, 2013 by Pastor Paul Lantz. Sermon text: John 20:19 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130616-1144351.m4a’]20130616 114435[/thaudio]

Sermon Audio “Your Faith Has Saved You, Go In Peace”

“Your Faith Has Saved You, Go In Peace” A Sermon preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann for the 4th Sunday of Pentecost based on Luke 7:50 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130616-114435.m4a’]20130616 114435[/thaudio]

Canto Armonico Presents Vespers Service as Part of Early Music Festival

Canto Armonico presents a vespers service for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist here at 5 pm on Saturday, June 15th as a fringe event of the Boston Early Music Festival. A similar service in 2011 was very popular with the attendees, many of whom know vespers music only from the secular concert stage and were gratified to experience it in […]

Sermon Audio June 9th “The Castle of Jesus Christ”

The Castle of Jesus Christ A Sermon preached by Pastor Paul Lantz for the 3rd week of Pentecost based on the text Galatians 1:11-12 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130609-083257.m4a’]20130609 083257[/thaudio]

Adult Bible Study: Distinguishing Law and Gospel. That sounds hard – and maybe boring. Do we really need to?

Shout it aloud, do not hold back.  Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins. For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God.  Isaiah […]

Why I’m Headed to Texas

By Leah Johnson With high school graduation in June behind me, l will attend Western Kentucky University in the fall. I’m a life-long Lutheran and church has always been part of my life. I’ve been going to First Lutheran for about six years now and was confirmed the same year as my sister, Kayla. I’m really excited about the opportunity […]

Help Support FLC Youth Travelling to Texas

Dear Friends in Christ,   For the first time in over a generation First Lutheran Church actually has teenagers attending a National Youth Gathering. This year’s Gathering is in San Antonio Texas and will be represented by Asmeret Daniel, and sisters Leah and Kayla Johnson.  We are Blessed to have Sharon Perko along as their chaperone, Nik Locker as youth […]

Festival of Christian Arts coming to Bedford

The Lutheran Church of the Savior in Bedfors is celebrating its 19th annual Festival of Christian Arts the weekend of Jun 7-9. Below is a flyer with information about the weekend’s festivities.   CFA_Festival_2013  

LCMS Responds to Oklahoma Tornado

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: After May 20 tornadoes devastated parts of the Midwest and especially Moore, Okla., killing at least 24 people – some of them school children – we are requesting prayers and gifts to help with The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod’s ongoing relief effort. How to Help To find out more on the response, please visit the […]

Lutheran Essentials Bible Study Begins Wednesday

The Lutheran Essentials Bible Study starts this Wednesday (May 29th) at 7pm.  Paul Edmon will be leading the study which will cover the Large Catechism, so please bring your Book of Concord if you have one.  If you do not own a Book of Concord, free copies will be given out for all to keep.   We Hope to see you there.

Feed the Need 5K Race at St. Luke’s in Dedham

The 3rd Annual Feed the Need 5K to collect food and funds for the Dedham Food Pantry will take place on Saturday, June 8 at 8:30am. Click here to register for the event, or download a poster to advertise locally. For more information on St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Dedham, MA, please visit their website.

Boy Scouts of America: Why the Proposed Policy Change Matters

    A statement by the Rev. Bart Day, Executive Director, Office of National Mission  On Thursday, May 23, 2013, a vote changed history. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) voted yesterday to end its 103-year ban on allowing gay Scouts in the organization. Prior to the vote, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) spoke against this proposed policy change. We […]

Sermon Audio: “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”

“Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” A Sermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann. Based on the text from Revelation 22:20 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/20130512-083136.m4a’]Sermon for the Seventh Sunday in Easter[/thaudio]  

Thoughts by First Lutheran Moms after the Marathon Attacks

First Lutheran Church is blessed to have a number of talented writers expressing their faith in the calling of being moms. On Mother’s Day, we present two such writings from Lori Prehar and Joy Harms who have been boldly blogging their way through motherhood among the many other callings and talents they have. Both maintain regular blogs and found the time to […]

Boston Memorial Service Sermon Preached by President Tim Yeadon

My God, My God, Why…? Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit A Sermon Preached at the Memorial Service for those affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings by Pastor Tim Yeadon, President of the New England District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/20130510-122902.m4a’]Memorial Service Semon – May 10, 2013[/thaudio] To download a copy of the Memorial Service text […]

Camp Winni 2013 Info Available

        I am looking forward to my 17th season at Camp Winni, and would love to have you join me in this fantastic annual  opportunity to recharge our spiritual, emotional and physical batteries! Please refer to the information below for all the pertinent details about this year’s Camp Winni.   Blessings in Christ, Pastor Ingo Dutzmann      To […]

Save the Dates: Vacation Bible School is Coming.

Vacation Bible School is coming Children ages three to grade 5 are invited to join us for Vacation Bible School the first four Sundays in June from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at First Lutheran Church of Boston. This year’s theme is THE KING SHALL COME! A Mighty Fortress, where the church will be transformed into a castle.   We’ll have bible […]

Sermon Audio: “Come Help Us” A Sermon for the 6th Sunday in Easter

“Come Help Us”  A Sermon for the 6th Sunday in Easter preached by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/20130505-082859.m4a’]Sermon for the 6th Sunday of Easter[/thaudio] Sermon Text: Acts 16:9 Additional Readings for the 6th Sunday in Easter Acts 16:9-15 Psalm 67 Revelation 21:9-27 John 16:23-33

Camp Pineshore Open to Youth This Summer

Here is a note from Pastor Eric Sahlberg about an opportunity for kids from fourth grade to senior high to spend a part of the summer at Camp Pineshore in Westminster, Massachusetts. First Lutheran’s own Pastor Paul Lantz, along with Pastors Jim Butler and Joel Kotila will be participating this summer in a great opportunity to relax in a beautiful setting […]

Memorial Service Planned for May 10th

  Memorial Service Details The Memorial service for the Boston marathon attacks will be held on Friday May 10th at noon. All those wishing to hear God’s Word of comfort are welcome.  In attendance will be a dozen or so Lutheran Church Missouri Synod clergy, First Lutheran Church members and friends. survivors, marathon runners, students, neighbors,  various medical, police, EMT, and media, as […]

Comfort Dogs Return to Boston

The Comfort Dog Ministry The Comfort Dogs return to Boston and will be at First Lutheran Church on Thursday and Friday. Schedule at First Lutheran Church Thursday May 9th from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  (including the Memorial service at noon) and some will be at the Ascension Day service at Trinity West Roxbury on Thursday May 9th at 7 p.m. All […]

Immanuel Lutheran Church from Downers Grove, Illinois Sends Blessings to Boston

“Boston Strong” is a phrase we hear a lot around the city these days.  A tremendous source of strength has been all the prayers and words of encouragement that we have received from people in New England, across the country and even internationally.  One recent example was when an elder from Immanuel Lutheran in Downers Grove, Illinois hand delivered a […]

Sermon Audio – A River Flows Through Boston – April 28, 2013

A River Flows Through Boston A Sermon for the 5th Sunday of Easter preached by Rev. James Keurulainen on Romans 8:18-39. The text is printed below with underlined portions emphasized by Rev. Keurulainen. Additional Scripture readings for the day. Acts 11:1-8 Revelation 21:1-7 John 16:12-22 [thaudio href=’https://flc-boston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/20130428-083319.m4a’]20130428 083319[/thaudio] 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth […]

In Boston, Lutherans Offer Comfort in Wake of Horror

The Lutheran Reporter and author Paula Schlueter Ross have published an article on the efforts of First Lutheran Church, Pastor Ingo Dutzmann, Elaine Laaser and others. Here’s an excerpt with a link to the full article below. The Rev. Ingo Dutzmann, pastor of First Lutheran Church in Boston, chokes up when he talks about those who were bloodied and m