Year End Thanks from the Pastors and Staff!
“Glory to God in the highest and on Earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!” Luke 2.14
by Pastor Ingo Dutzmann – Senior Pastor
Dear Family of The Christ at First Lutheran Church of Boston,
The angels on that first Christmas Eve sang of the birth of Jesus among us. Theirs was a message of joy and thankfulness to a gracious God who permitted Himself to become fully man. This dear Jesus, took our place under the Law, and suffered our well-deserved death, in order that we might have forgiveness, hope and eternal life!
Hence, at Christmas and everyday, we give thanks to Him who gives us all these blessings without any merit or worthiness in us. It seems only fitting that we should give such thanks to Him. However, we should also extend our gratitude to those who enrich our lives with their words and deeds of love extended in Jesus’ Name.
So, may we the staff of First Lutheran say “Thank you” to all of you, dear friends and members, for visiting the sick, praying for God’s healing, attending Worship and Bible Study, making special gifts, beautifying the altar, teaching the children and adults, sharing your voices and instruments, preparing the meals, decorating the church, buying the flowers, lighting the candles, tending to the physical plant, counting the money, watering the plants, hauling the trash, planting the flowers and shrubs, writing the articles, collecting the financial and in-kind donations, providing transportation, giving comfort, beautifying the Sanctuary and undercroft, greeting the visitors, parking on the street, posting the flyers, attending the concerts and special events, welcoming people from all countries, supporting the New England District Ministries, Concordia College, Ruth House, overseas missions, Hurricane Sandy survivors, the Lutheran Malaria Initiative, and, just as a general rule, being the best congregation a church staff could hope to serve. Thank you, THANK you, THANK YOU!!!
For all this we give great thanks to our Heavenly Father and together passionately bring the message and example of Jesus Christ to greater Boston and beyond. Finally, please mark your calendars on January 27th after the 11am service there will be a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Now may the Peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the blessed Name of the Babe of Bethlehem! And may the Good Lord’s Year of 2013 be a great blessing to you all!!
On Behalf of all our Pastors and staff including Pastor Paul Lantz, Elaine Laaser & Balint Karosi we are proud to be partnered with you, we remain yours in Christ always.