1584592866_64f2917316_bJoy to you in the Wonderful Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

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

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

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


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


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


Happy Birthday 174 First Lutheran Church

Today, February 18, 2013  is First Lutheran Church’s 174th birthday. On this day in 1839, First Lutheran was recognized by both houses of the Massachusetts Legislature and is the oldest Lutheran Church in New England. Here’s a bit more about the congregation’s history.  While we’re marking anniversaries, today is also the 467th anniversary of Martin Luther’s death in 1546.

Daniel Bible Study: Chapter 4

  After our historic snowfall last week our Sunday, February the 17th will represent our next installment of the Daniel Bible Study.  After leaving Chapter three and the fiery furnace behind, we are venturing into another dream of good ol’ King Neb and Daniel is prepping to jump into the Lion’s Den.  Please join us; the…

A Plea for Benevolence Funds

By Pastor Ingo Dutzmann First Lutheran Church is blessed with a “Benevolence Fund” to assist those who may have an extraordinary need in order to get by. Over the years we have helped with food and medications, rent and car repairs, funerals and bereavement trips, and recently assisted with a major surgery. Decisions for major outlays…

Volunteer Appreciation Weekend is Coming

By Pastor Paul Lantz “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.” Romans 12: 6… At First Lutheran Church we are so blessed to have well over 100 people using their gifts of teaching, preparing meals, decorating, watering plants, beautifying the altar, leadership, prayer support, singing, playing musical…

Introducing Lutheran Hour Ministries

By Pastor Ingo Dutzmann I believe we are tremendously blessed to have Lutheran Hour Ministries as a resource for personal spiritual growth.  These daily devotions focus on the issues of the day in the context of God’s unchanging promises in the Holy Bible.  May it bring you peace of mind, strength of heart and the courage…

A Prayer for our Nation on Inauguration Day

Now this is a prayer worthy of our attention! The following comes from Pastor Dale Meyer who is the President of Concordia Seminary, in St Louis, MO. Pr.Meyer was the Speaker of The International Lutheran Hour when he preached at my installation as Pastor of First Lutheran Church in 1997. He also preached and recorded a radio program at…

Bach Birthday Celebration – Save the Date

The annual J.S. Bach Birthday Celebration will be back for a fifth consecutive year on Saturday March 16, 2013. In the past, this free, all day musical event has featured great organists, festive food, informative talks and children’s activities in the welcoming venue of First Lutheran Church, and this year promises to extend the great tradition…