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
Refugees gather for communion and blessings as the Rev. Dr. Gottfried Martens leads worship on Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Dreieinigkeits-Gemeinde, a Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche (SELK) church in Berlin-Steglitz, Germany. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

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…


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…


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…


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…


Lutheran Essentials November 18th, 2015

Lutheran Essentials meets in the undercroft of the church on Wednesday evenings at 7pm.  You can reach the undercroft by going around to the back parking lot of the church and descending the staircase to the kitchen.  Knock on the door if it is closed and some one will let you in.  Our current study…